Today I’m pleased to be a part of the blog tour for Seasons Within by Lele Iturrioz, this is a young adult fantasy novel with an interesting take on the genre. My review is below as is all the information you need to pick up a copy for yourself. You can follow the rest of the tour via Xpresso Book Tours.
Most teenage girls know their name, where they came from, who they are. Not G, a beautiful redhead with unusual markings on her wrist. She gets her name from a silver locket she keeps around her neck, unaware the engraved letter “G” on its front holds the secret to her past.
G’s life before the age of six has been a mystery to her. Each night for the last twelve years she’s been haunted by the same nightmare—a war. Horrendous beasts, warriors able to wield the four elements, and a boy who saves her by means of blue fire taunt her memory. But on her eighteenth birthday, G’s life begins to unravel. When she meets her new Chemistry professor, a man with an uncanny resemblance to the boy who saves her, she knows there must be more to her dreams.
It’s dangerous not knowing who you are, what you’re capable of, and what future awaits you. Especially when the darkness that slaughtered your entire world, just found you.
Seasons Within initially intrigued me from the cover it was beautiful while mystifying, when I read the synopsis I thought it had a lot going for it with a lot of interesting avenues it could go down.
G doesn’t know anything about where she comes from, who her family were, or even what G stands for. She has grown up in a group home and the closest thing to family she has is her best friend and roomie Priya. When something really odd happens just after an annoying new teacher turns up G starts to discover things about her past she couldn’t have even imagined and sets out on a journey to learn about her past and her future.
I enjoyed Seasons Within the premise was well thought out and equally well executed. The inclusion of nature as the thing that brings power to these characters is very clever and the descriptions are beautiful. The fight scenes intense and the evil characters are pretty darn evil!
The problem with the novel was the technical aspects of the writing. Lele Iturrioz isn’t a native English speaker and to her credit has written the novel in English rather than getting the book translated. The issue though is that there are issues with grammar, spelling, homophones, and some of the speech just not sounding natural. All of which an editor could have helped iron out. Because of this I felt like I was mentally editing as I was reading to help the book make sense which slowed down my reading progress and stunted it a little.
The story itself is really enjoyable, it’s cleverly put together and there are a number of really interesting secondary characters who add depth to the book along with a few laughs. Edan who I guess you could call the leading man is an interesting character in that he isn’t Mr Perfect, he is grumpy and quite unpleasant most of the time. There is clearly a lot going on under the surface which is going to be revealed in a later book.
I was impressed with the authors restraint in not going down the line of falling for all the usual YA cliche’s instead trying to keep things as original as possible. I’m sure some of the cliches may creep in as the series develops (it is, of course, inevitable). But I felt for a series opener this was fresh and original.
The book ends with several questions unanswered, some that weren’t actually asked but I ended up asking myself about certain characters so I’m hoping very much that book two starts to answer those as I felt this book produced a lot more questions than answers!
Overall I was very impressed with this novel and really enjoyed it but the spelling/grammar issues really let it down.
Many thanks to Lele Iturrioz for the eARC to review this novel, these were my honest opinions.
About Lele Iturrioz
Major geek by day, hermit writer by night! Love books, sugar gliders and everything that comes in a delicious taco.
I’m the author of the YA fantasy series, Seasons Within
I spend my time writing, planning on writing, reading, drinking coffee like there was no tomorrow, MMA and chilling with my friends and loved ones.
Book & Buy Links
Title: Seasons Within
Series: Seasons Within #1
Author: Lele Iturrioz
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: 15 December 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US