Sojourner (Sojourner, #1)by Published 1 Jan
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Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Moon has been dreaming of her murder her entire life, and in those dreams, a dark presence is there, watching. When she returns home to Hauser’s Landing, the very place her father disappeared, she comes in contact with a gorgeous boy named Lev Walker, and it’s not long before she’s falling in love. But there’s something wrong with Lev. When she realizes he’s the eerie watcher in her dreams, she’ll have to discover the truth. Is he a guardian angel or a sojourner, an angel of death who has come to collect her soul?
"Sojourner (Sojourner, #1)" Reviews
This book has such potential, and I was most disappointed that the author never seized the opportunities she created. What results is a rather dull, cliched paranormal romance that struggled to hold my interest.
To the author's credit, she did develop a good voice for the main character and her style is easy to read, but that's not enough to excuse the gaping plot holes, weak characters and rushed storyline.
1. Lizzie is a bland, stereotypical passive heroine. Her mixed race background is supposed to make her stand out, and yet nothing actually comes of it day to day. She's weak, helpless, doesn't go through any change or development, and is generally annoying. She's even stupid enough to fall into a river twice and to go out alone when she knows someone is after her.
2. Lev had great potential, but again, ended up just a cardboard cut out to give exposition. There's no development of his relationship with Lizzie, it just happens, and his motives are paper-thin. And he sparkles. Yawn.
3. The bad guy- as we see so little of him there's no way the reader can form any opinion towards him so by the time he 'acts' we don't care. Again his motives are pathetic, unsympathetic, and weak.
4. Side cast- again pretty generic and nothing that made me interested in them.
We start off with a really promising start with the sinister dreams...but by a few chapters in they're practically forgotten. There's no build up or intrigue, and the explanation comes far too quickly and without consequence.
More holes form- Lizzie and her guardian hate the town and yet no reason is given why they had to move there or why they can't move out. The residents are supposedly 'anti-native American' and yet no evidence of this is shown. It gets even worse at the end when an angel dies from a gunshot wound and yet can fly endlessly and can survive extreme temperatures. Nothing is consistent in the supernatural element and it broke my suspension of disbelief.
There was a lot to play with in terms of plot and suspense but the author rushed through it to get to the 'romance', and even that wasn't convincing as nothing developed between the characters. There were no decent inter-character conflicts, but then Lizzie is such a pathetic MC she probably couldn't deal with it.
The writing is generally good, but there are many typographical errors, omitted words, and spelling and grammar mistakes. The cover is pretty eye-catching as is the title.
Overall- a promising premise weakened by poor characters, their lack of development, and no internal plot consistency. A very disappointing read.
Whoaaa! You can't just leave me hanging there like that! You just can't! I need to read more! And the teaser at the end of this forst book was more of a shock and left me open-mouthed.
I liked this book a lot. I loved Lev and Lizzie. And it was so sweet when he embraced her with his wings in her sleep. I was like "Awwwwww! So cute!"
At first I didn't like Griffin, but then when it was clear he wasn't a bad guy I kind of changed my mind a little.
I liked Celia and Jimmie too.
I can't say much about the other guys at school, cause there ws nothing really descriptive about them.
I can say I suspected about Mr Maguire but couldn't be sure. The janitor was kind of creepy and suspicious too.
The story was good, though reminded me of a mix of other stories. But still, I enjoyed it.
I think I'm going to check other book by author Maria Rachel Hooley.
Actually 3.5 stars.
This is the first time in a long time I've wanted to give a one star rating to a book I actually managed to finish.
Everybody say it with me once because it's going to get repetitive: "Twilight."
Elizabeth (Lizzie) is starting her first day of school in a new town. Despite not having a lot of personality, she is insta-popular, even drawing the attention of two--count 'em--TWO standoffish, high-school-girls-are-beneath-me types. One is Griffin (or at least I really hope his name is Griffin), after whose family the town is named, and the other is mysterious, delicious, fluffy, sparkly (YES HE SPARKLES) Lev. There are a ton of cafeteria scenes complete with salad bar, TWO scenes where our heroine ends up in the hospital, and even the borderline annoying little sister (and I say that with mucho love; Alice was my favorite in Twilight) and the really cool father figure guy!
Say it with me now. Twilight.
Apparently Lizzie has had a hard time fitting in, not because her parents are gruesomely murdered (but they were) or because her guardian is overprotective (and he is) or because she has just moved back to the town where all this has taken place, but because she's a half breed. The first time I read this, I thought maybe she was a human-alien hybrid or something--it's THAT serious to be a half breed in this town--but apparently her father was Cheyenne and her mother was white.
Now, let me just freeze-frame here and say that this is offensive to me on many levels. I'm part Native American myself, AND I live in Oklahoma these days (though not originally from here) and I've never had anyone all of the sudden start channeling Custer when they run into me. Apparently though, being half Indian is the WORST CRIME anyone in this novel's world could EVER think of, because on the first day of school, when no one is even supposed to know who she is (but she's kind of famous anyway--Twilight) someone paints "half breed" in her locker. Later this gets painted on her garage door, and someone breaks into her house and paints it on the wall. In blood. AND they hang a turkey with its throat slashed from her locker as well.
If there had been some anti paleface coalition in this novel, I might have understood all the hate, but there wasn't. I mean, apparently the guy who was doing it was secretly in love with Lizzie's mom and got all pissed that she ran off with Lizzie's dad, and this was all his way of expressing that. Severus Snape did it better.
Anyway, so Lizzie seems to have lived out her life expectancy (Twilight) and Lev has to keep jumping in to save her. She falls into a river once, which lands her in the hospital for two or three days with a fever of 102 (which isn't that high, I'm sorry, it's not), and then he tries to convince her that he's no good for her and that he totally does stuff like this every day. (Which, okay, I guess at some point he did, but not anymore.)
Lev keeps warning Lizzie to stay away from Griffin, and somehow she manages to be convinced that he's dangerous even though... well, he's annoying, and he won't take no for an answer, BUT in this guy's defense I'd probably keep asking for a lunch date too if the only reason someone was saying no was because someone else was whispering "say no... say no!!! It's NOT GOOD FOR YOU!" in their ear. The guy wasn't looking to slip her roofies at the club for God's sake. It was LUNCH. She could have had lunch with him once to shut him up and the problem would have been solved, but instead he's a pest through the whole book. And you know... in the end, he didn't end up that bad anyway. So I'm not sure what the point was.
After LIzzie accidentally falls into a river for the second time, and is saved by Lev for a SECOND TIME, her guardian Jimmie freaks out because he thinks someone's trying to kill her and Lev offers to teach her some basic self defense moves. Because he has a black belt in tae kwon do. So far all she's done is fall into the river, so I'm not sure what the TKD will do unless you're going to hurricane kick a waterfall?
At this point, Lizzie decides (with very little evidence) that she's convinced Lev is an angel, and he doesn't deny this, but instead promises to come back and fill her in on all the details later, after Jimmie is asleep. He does so, and first he tells her that he's been sneaking in her window lots and lots to hold her while she sleeps (Twilight) and that she's the first human ever to be able to see his wings, which appear to her like a shimmer surrounding him (groan) and THEN he flies her out the window for a romantic moonlight flight. (Do I have to say it?)
She's exactly his brand of heroin, guys.
Evidently, Lev has been watching Lizzie through many lifetimes because he fell in love with her back in the first lifetime, and has been unable to save her life. He has to succeed this time, or else she will die and be reincarnated and they will be together again (which is what she wants). If this happens, he plans on going to God and asking God to end his existence. Conveniently, he doesn't know the details of when or how she will be dying this time, but there's somewhat of a continuity error there because right afterward he says "I have to stop the bullet."
So basically, one of these characters dies at the end of the book.
I did actually finish it. Basically summed up here:
This isn't an awful book, but I disliked it on so many levels that I couldn't bring myself to give it even 2 stars... The only part I liked was the first page or so, when Elizabeth is describing her death dream. After that, the book went down hill.
First of all, the main character, Elizabeth, is so unlikeable! She's weak, whiny and reacts in completely stupid and unrealistic ways. You have a dream that someone watches you die, so what do you do? Leap out of the car and start demanding to know why he's in your dreams?! And don't forget the way the first quarter of the book is just her whining about being mixed race, which might be difficult but plenty of people are mixed race and can you not just get some strength!
Secondly, the absurd leap she made to discover he was an angel. She had no proof, nothing to even suggest it, but somehow she managed it. It felt like laziness on the authors part to have her come to the conclusion with I dont know- evidence?!
Finally, the plot and characters were extremely poor. I didn't like any of the characters, and the plot was disjointed and uninteresting.
Overall, I just regret reading this book.
I got this book free iBook, and really enjoyed it. It was hard to read and if it hadn't held my interest I would have given up because it was a real pain that the formatting was off. One paragraph is one sized font & a few below is a much smaller, & then back to the original. This continues through the ENTIRE book. The writer should also get someone to proof-read to catch the typos.
Aside from that format, typo problem I did like the story. Lizzy and her guardian Jimmy move back to the town her parents were from. She is 17, half Indian & half white. Her mother who was white died in a car accident & her father disappeared shortly afterwards (after racial graffiti had appeared against him). As soon as Lizzy starts school she is pursued by a rich, overly confident Griffin, yet she is attracted to Lev, a guy she has been having dreams about her whole life. In her dream she is being killed and Lev just stands and watches. She makes efforts to avoid Griffin & get involved with Lev to find out why she dreams about him. I don't want to ruin the whole story & it does have a FEW surprises at the end! As some other people commented, it did seem a bit much for the girl to be soooo very clumsy, but I could get past that I guess. I may or may not read the second book.