Sunday, April 29, 2012

Review: Central by Raine Thomas

Author: Raine Thomas
Series: Daughters of Saraqael (#2)
Publisher: Iambe Books
Release Date: July 2011
Pages: 257
Read in: 2 days

For avid student Olivia Murdoch, life on the Estilorian plane is filled with wondrous adventure. Every lesson about her new existence is both exciting and challenging. Along with her sisters, she embraces this non-human half of herself.

Helping with her lessons is her Gloresti, James. Teacher, scholar and distractingly attractive, James takes on his roles of Olivia’s guide and protector with equal dedication. As he learns the human emotions that Estilorians no longer experience, he starts to see Olivia as much more than just an assigned pairing.

The physically weakest of her sisters, Olivia trains hard to learn things that no typical human classroom can impart. When they travel to “Central,” the Estilorian base, she comes to understand why she must become strong enough to defend herself. She and her sisters are targets.

Not all Estilorians welcome them. In fact, more than one would see them dead.

A Teenager's Perspective:

Everyone's had that feeling, where you feel like you can't measure up to other people's standards. Maybe to the point, where you totally loose all hope, and stop trying. But some people — some people don't give up. Some people surpass, the expectations of others, just to prove that they are different, that they care, and that they can do whatever they put their mind to. Clearly, Olivia in Central shows these characteristics. And for what it counts, those characteristics really helped us relate to her more.

In Central the perspective switches. The second sister, Olivia, is spotlighted. Olivia is supposed to be the weakest sister, due to her limited physical activity on the human plane. But,in the end, this weakness, and her sense of vulnerability, is what drives her to become better. Olivia is known for her quick thinking, quick learning, and overall ability to process, analyze, and react to unexpected events quicker than the rest of her sisters. This helps during her offense, and defense training, but besides being vulnerable, there's something else bothering her —her, and James' ever-developing relationship. Whenever she's with him, she feels this undeniable connection. She tries to push it off, with the fact that he IS her guardian, but Olivia knows the truth, (and it doesn't have
anything to do with the fact that he's protecting her.)

We thought the ending of Central was a little predictable. We felt like Thomas tried to find someway to fit all the events together, but instead, ended up making a too-good-to-be-true-ending. But overall,that was the only thing we saw wrong with the novel. That and that alone. However, having a predictable novel is never a good thing, so we though we'd note that in our review.

In the Daughter of Saraquel series, Raine Thomas makes Amber, Olivia, and Skye, (the 3 daughters)so different, but so alike at the same time. She takes us on the journey of their new lives on the Estilorian plane, (this amazing, old, and exciting dimension, from which the sisters are originally from). On this journey, all three girls discover new things about themselves, their sisters, the people around them, and other Esitilorians. As they bring change to the Estilorian plane, others are getting angrier. The ones who believe that their existence, itself, is an abomination. The sisters don't let this hold them back, but they are still very aware of the threats against them. Even more so, the desires of others to see them dead.

As all of Raine Thomas' novels are starting to prove, Central was also another addition to her line of perfection. A few things that could have been changed here, and there, but overall it was an enticing novel, that I would read over, and over again —if I could. This was writing at its finest, and we must say; we're SO not waiting to read Foretold.


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