Book Review: Truth Seeker by C.E. Murphy

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CR1Title: Truth Seeker

Author: C.E. Murphy

Published: January 1, 2010

Pages: 320

Version: Paperback

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

AACROSS TWO EXTRAORDINARY WORLDS, TRUTH IS THE DEADLIEST MAGIC
Gifted with an uncanny intuition, Lara Jansen nonetheless thinks there is nothing particularly special about her. All that changes when a handsome but mysterious man enters her quiet Boston tailor shop and reveals himself to be a prince of Faerie. What s more, Dafydd ap Caerwyn claims that Lara is a truthseeker, a person with the rare talent of being able to tell truth from falsehood. Dafydd begs Lara to help solve his brother s murder, of which Dafydd himself is the only suspect.
Acting against her practical nature, Lara agrees to step through a window into another world. Caught between bitterly opposed Seelie forces and Dafydd s secrets, which are as perilous as he is irresistible, Lara finds that her abilities are increasing in unexpected and uncontrollable ways. With the fate of two worlds at stake and a malevolent entity wielding the darkest of magic, Lara and Dafydd will risk everything on a love that may be their salvation or the most treacherous illusion of all.”
 

My Thoughts:

So first thought was this was enjoyable. The balance between keeping the plot engaging but also describing things was well done.  The transition between worlds was wonderful, I felt I had enough time to connect with what was going on before I got pulled into learning this whole other world and set of characters.

The relationships between everyone was really enjoyable to read as well both in dialog and actions.  The fact that Lara could actually feel lies even in jokes was a nice layer to things as well.

One thing I’m still on the fence on is character development.  Lara’s personality shifts drastically in this book in a pretty short period of time.  The saving grace is it’s actually called out in the book.  Also, the passing of time was actually really difficult to gage unless directly told, I wish got to experience it a bit more.  There were times in the book where they’d say “it’s been 10 days” and it felt like way less.  Maybe I just missed the writing that showed this but it felt odd.

Overall this was a fun book but I don’t know if I’ll pick up the next one. I’ll probably unhaul this one as well since I don’t see this being a re-read. Has anyone read this? Is it worth finishing?

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