Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

cover50553-mediumThe night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.
And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend.
But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
And now it’s too late to walk away. – Random House

I desperately wanted to like this book. I waited for weeks to be approved on NetGalley, and actually left off in the middle of another book to start it.

I tried for four days. DNF at 52%. Hear me out, because I actually really enjoyed Dayton’s writing style—her word choice and flow was fantastic, and it was the primary thing that kept me reading after 15%. Columbia even picked up the rights to make it into a movie. I think it will be a fantastic movie, actually—but I could not get into the book.

For starters, I could not figure out the timeline. I had no idea if it was fantasy staged in the past, present, or future. At one point, a character finds a World War II relic (and an old Rolls Royce), but nothing was definitive.

At the beginning, I found the abundance of nationalities—Scottish, Japanese, etc.—fascinating and awesome and different. Until I couldn’t keep my characters straight in my head. Who had red hair? Who was the cousin of the woman who was half-Japanese? Whose dad was Scottish again? I am a visual person, and I like being able to picture my characters’ voices and appearances, but this (combined with a lot of characters) made it a little confusing. This is something that will be awesome in movie-format.

Lastly, Seekers weren’t explained in the first half, which I found confusing rather than thrilling or suspenseful. Their purpose is hinted at, but it’s never actually laid out. This was a turn-off for me.

The tipping point in my decision to put the book down was mid-story, when shit pretty much hits the fan (I won’t ruin it for you, but there is loss of memory, drugs, prostitution…what happened?!) and isn’t explained. I believe this, like not explaining what a Seeker does, is to create suspense and intrigue. I was just confused, and though I don’t like to give up on books, especially well-written ones, I wasn’t enjoying the story.

I rated this a 2/5 on Goodreads. The story wasn’t for me, but I did enjoy Dayton’s writing style, and would potentially read something from her in the future.

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley. Seeker will be released on February 10th, 2015.


2 thoughts on “Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

    1. I really, really wanted to like it! I tried so hard. It just wasn’t for me, though. It has received a lot of other great reviews—I might just be the weird one 🙂 I’m excited to hear your thoughts on it!

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