Review: Seeker (Seeker #1) by Arwen Elys Dayton

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Goodreads Summary:

Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’.

Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin’s new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her.

**I received a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

My Review

So I was really excited to get approved for an ARC for Seeker and couldn’t wait to get started reading it. I haven’t been this disappointed in an anticipated book in a while!

Oh where to begin…Seeker began in an intriguing way for sure with plenty of potential for there being a fantastic story, however I waited…and waited in vain for things to get good. Quin, Shinobu, and John have trained for years together to become infamous Seekers, a rare and honored role! However, when the day finally comes for them to be officially initiated, they are horrified to discover what it truly means to be Seeker, and what is required of them. Soon relationships are torn apart and things get out of control as the true enemies are revealed.

Sounds like a pretty good premise right? Well it slowly spiraled into a emotionally torturous experience. There was romance right off the bat between John and Quin that I found enjoyable. Until. It. Wasn’t. Let’s just say the lines of love were very blurred! So blurred, that Quin switches romantic interests at the last, most improbable and unjustified moment!! Quin was a frustrating character from the start, she just couldn’t  own up to her mistakes, face them and do something about them. She had to wallow in self-pity and play cat and mouse for almost the entire story with John.  Then there’s John who directly contradicts what he feels by acting in the opposite way. Of course there are other minor characters whose perspectives are given throughout as well, that didn’t add to much to the story.

Then there’s the whole “what is a Seeker?” “what do they do really do?” questions that aren’t actually ever answered!! It was so frustrating; the thought that my answers to the cryptic explanations as to what atrocities Seekers commit would be answered soon enough is what kept me reading this book. But the answer was never fully explained, I just kinda had to fill in the gaps where I could. I mean, I’m pretty sure I get it, but still, it would have been nice to have been given a formal explanation. Overall, Seeker made for a very slow reading experience, as the action slowed down, characters made idiotic/unreasonable choices, and the POV jumped every chapter.  There was so much potential for this book, but it was just executed poorly.

Seeker releases February 10th.  Maybe you’ll like it more than I did….if you want, buy it on Amazon here.

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