I regularly read Andrea’s blog and it is an honor to be part of the book blog tour for her novel Dissolve. So without further ado, let’s hear it for my review! And of course, for a chance to win a signed or an ebook copy of Dissolve!
Everything seemed to be going right for Cora. She had a wonderful fiance, a great best friend and a fulfilling life. One day, a tragic event caused that life to crumble around her. She turned to her best friend in her time of need. They embarked on a search for answers, delving deeper into a web of magic and destruction. The closer they got to the truth, the more questions they had. To Cora, magic was the stuff of fairy tales. Immersed into a very different kind of world, the real storm was just beginning to take hold.
“It felt like I was nowhere yet everywhere all at once. I was invisible and completely panicked. The millions of pieces I had dissolved to drift on the breeze and away from my nightmares. It was kind of like floating weightless in a pool, perfectly relaxing. The warm breeze from the window embraced and soothed me. I let the air current carry me as far as it could through the summer city.”
“Defeated, I closed my eyes and took a few calming breaths trying to relax myself. I pictured the dandelion in the park today and took a deep breath as to blow the fluffy seeds in all directions. I pretended I was light and fluffy and started to feel a tingling in my body. I began to feel as light as the dandelion seeds and soon I felt like mist floating. This time, I tried to keep myself in the room, swirling in a humid block.”
First and foremost, thank you to AToMR tours for the chance to read this book. Isn’t it fun? Just signing up and getting to read great books in exchange of posting a review? Anyway, let’s get on with the review!
I found the plot very interesting and intriguing, one that would make you impulsively buy a book. It wasn’t exactly stated in the blurb but the title pretty much tells you what’s gonna happen. With that, I think the title was very apt and captivating as it captures the premise of the novel with a single word. However, I do have some gripes with the novel. Mind you, I enjoyed reading the book and found that the plot was enough for me to like it enough. The mystery and the magic and just about every adventure this world Andrea has created, I like them. But I have some areas in which when improved, will make this novel great from just good.
First, I found the dialogue a bit stilted. Not just the dialogue but the way it was written. I don’t think people talk like that given the time frame these events seem to unfold. And however good a plot is, pacing is still important as readers may lose their focus and interest when the pace is too slow and it gives so few bits that it frustrates you. However, since the plot was really good, you’d really itch to get to the next part.
The characters were lovable but not that developed and could use a few more dimensions in their characterization. But they were definitely interesting and pretty much normal when I think about it. Overall, an enjoyable read with a magical and intricately woven world you’d get lost into. That part alone is enough reason to read this book. :D
About Andrea Heltsley
I am a biology nerd who loves reading just about anything paranormal and some chick lit. I am a caffeine junky who loves Starbucks. Dissolve is my first novel. I have been writing ever since I was in grade school and have finally decided to make a career out of it. More books to come late 2012 and 2013.
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