Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Review First World by Jaymin Eve

From Goodreads:
A paranormal romance series.

Abigail Swish might not love her life, living in gang-ridden New York in 2035 and training to fight and survive with Compound 23. But she is grateful for a few things, especially her no-filter-between-brain-and-mouth best friend Lucy and her escape each night into a dream world far different from her own.

In fact, sometimes she lives for the fleeting moments she spends at night with the man who fuels every romantic fantasy she’s ever had. But each morning reality returns. She could just cry. But she won’t of course; tears don’t change a damn thing.

Then without any warning, a month before her eighteenth birthday, everything does change. A guardian finds her. He explains, in a strangely familiar accent, that she was stashed on Earth for safekeeping and has been lost to her family ever since. And it is time to return home. To the First World; a land of unimagined beauty.

Abigail and Lucy find themselves escaping New York, ending up on another planet and traversing through an unforgiving wilderness. Yeah, because that sort of thing just happens every day. Luckily an unexpected saviour arrives; the man from her dream-world. Brace is six-and-a-half feet of gorgeous perfectness, wrapped in an arrogance like no other. Unable to trust his assistance, and unsure which of her instincts to follow - kiss him or punch him in the mouth - Abigail eventually accepts his help to find her family.

And what a family. Enter Josian, her father; larger than life and apparently not even human. He is Walker, a planet-less race revered as gods, causing mischief and mayhem through-out this star-system. Unfortunately, there is no time for a cosy reunion, since no one explained that by returning to First World her half-Walker genetics would act as a catalyst setting forth a chain of events which could spell disaster for not only her existence but that of all worlds.

My Take:

I picked this one up for free on Amazon because I was looking for more scifi and I liked the cover.

It started okay. A bit of a dystopian feel that had me worried, but this is definitely NOT a dystopian. Well, you could make an argument that it partly is, but moving on! It's so many more things. It is science fiction mixed with fantasy and an element of paranormal.

Back to the beginning, I wasn't sure if it was going to grab my interest. A rebellious girl has snuck out of the compound to roam the gang ridden streets of New York. She hits a spot of trouble, shows off some fighting skills and meets a mysterious man who says he's her guardian or protector or something.

While some of the next pages felt predictable, there were enough surprises and twists of genres that I got pulled in. There were some weird sentences that made me laugh and almost stop reading. In the end I'm glad I kept going though. Here's an example:
"She dropped her bottom lip."

What? How do you do that?

However, once Abby and Lucy get to First World things really pick up. There were probably still issues with the writing, but the story sucked me in enough I didn't care much. I might have rolled my eyes a time or two at the conversations about the 'hotness' of Brace.

I loved the idea of Walkers and their ability to travel between worlds by opening a passageway. The relationship and banter between Abby and Lucy was also fun and entertaining. The chemistry between Abby and Brace good. I'm predicting they are soulmates.

There came a point when I was reading to find answers to my growing questions. And then the story ended. *sigh* Now I remember why I hate series. In the end this book was really just the inciting incident to a larger story and it ends with loads of question.

So, if you're looking for a new series this could be a good one. If you're looking for a quick read, good again. If you're looking for a book you can read and walk away completely satisfied all your questions have been answered, then no. I wasn't looking for a series, but I'm going to have to read the rest of it now. :)

I enjoyed it! I give it a solid 4.

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure


  1. Was this one that could use a good edit? Because I don't want to get sucked into one of those.

    1. Good question. I think it did have an editor because it wasn't that kind of thing tripping me up in the beginning. It was probably some of my own self-conceived ideas going into it that I needed to let go of. That, and I'm so busy there isn't much time to read so I might have been overly critical to start out.


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