12 Mar 2019

Review: Daughter of Fire

★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

From Goodreads:

Laura led a sheltered, middle-class existence. Oh, she knew she was adopted, but what did it matter? A lot when her birth mother is murdered and the killers come after her next...for reasons that are deep in her very blood.

Based on the synopsis, there isn't much to go on so deciding to read this book was a true leap of faith. This time it just went in the wrong direction. Laura knows she is adopted but hasn't confronted her adoptive parents yet. Then the police officers arrive to inform her that her birth mother has been murdered and that they think that the killer is after Laura as well. Thrust into witness protection that fails to protect her leads Laura on a hunt to find the truth behind her mother's death and ultimately, her own true heritage.

The book lost in the first few pages. There were just too many issues with the writing, and especially with character placement in scenes. The scene would start with Laura standing or walking, and then, the next sentence she was riding a bike inside a warehouse or in the middle of a shootout. Confusing, frustrating, and definitely did not encourage to read further. But I had to know Laura's secret.

After the secret was revealed, all interests for the book vanished. This happened almost in the midpoint of it, so DNFing the book felt like giving up. I can't reveal or talk much about the secret or the rest of the book after it is revealed since the entire plot revolves around it. Major spoiler if you know it beforehand. 

I didn't bond with any of the characters, and I had major issues with Laura's character. Half the time she whined about her 'destiny' and the other half she acted so high and mighty because of her 'destiny'.

The author skipped entire hours, and in worst cases months, with just a sentence. You can't shrug your shoulders and skip time just because you feel like it. It just isn't fair to the reader. The period Laura was training after witness protection failed to protect her was skipped like this. And during the time Laura spent there? I have no clue what she did since the book doesn't tell. Also, she is still in the dark about her secret while she trains, and she does nothing else to uncover it then than whine to her trainer? Highly unlikely.

Did I enjoy reading Daughter of Fire? No. Then why did I give it two stars instead of one? One-star-ratings are reserved for books that are offending, beyond cringe-worthy, and have no potential even if they are rewritten. And I can't say that this book falls into that category.

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