Review by Sarah Tariq -- Aluria by Tyler Cook

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Review by Sarah Tariq -- Aluria by Tyler Cook

Post by Sarah Tariq » 12 Mar 2018, 02:33

[Following is a volunteer review of "Aluria" by Tyler Cook.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Jason Conner, the sole heir of the Conner Empire, found himself in a grim situation; when his teenage lover, Tessa Warren, a Princess of Blaton, becomes the victim of an evil sorcerer, Raiz. The scene terrifies both. But the meantime, an extra-terrestrial spirit, Aluria appears. Jason Conner allows it to inhabit his body not only to save Tessa’s life but also to revive the lost glory of the city of Canton and his company, the Conner Incorporated. Jason, through his adventurous moves, creates suspense and thrill for readers.

Aluria by Tyler Cook is a paranormal, science fiction novel. This book is the first in series. The story is full of heroic tasks of Jason, his love for Tessa and fellow city-men. The unfortunate exit of his father opened the doors of Conner Incorporated for Jason, just at the age of 18. But due to his young age, he had to live under the supervision of Bonnie, the manager of Conner Estate. After incorporating Aluria’s spirit, Jason disappears for the period of ten years and reappears as a mature and shrewd person with a possession of supernatural powers. Here, we see Jason with a new and ambitious perspective to achieve his aims. His “Sanctum” is a center of all technological maneuvers, he launches against his enemies. Will he be able to put down Raiz, his biggest enemy? Will he win the trust of the people of Canton to eradicate evil, injustice, and corruption?

The book is thrilling and fast-paced. It doesn’t thoroughly revolve around dragons; rather we observe the daily activities of Jason, Bonnie in a quite usual manner. But the element of fantasy prevails in the whole story. Nevertheless, I found some gaps in character development. But I think the author would focus more on this in later books of the series. The supernatural character of Aluria is very curious. This creature of light uses light energy to counter Raiz and other evil happenings.

The story is mostly told from Jason’s point of view. The peripheral characters are relating, but as I mentioned earlier, there is a need to focus more on character development to make them more descriptive. Overall, I enjoyed the story. The transformation of a human being in a paranormal creature is an awesome idea, especially for young readers.

I would recommend this action-packed thriller to all science fiction lovers. I hope they will enjoy it. Moreover, I couldn’t spot any grammar issue, except an editing mistake. So my final rating for this book is 3 out of 4 stars. I will not grant it 4 stars due to some flaws in the plot. Though it never lessens the interest in the story, and readers would enjoy it wholeheartedly.

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Post by Salsabila » 13 Mar 2018, 11:09

Sounds like an interesting story. It has been long since I last read paranormal novels. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 13 Mar 2018, 11:58

Salsabila wrote:
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Sounds like an interesting story. It has been long since I last read paranormal novels. Thanks for the review.
Yes, it's an interesting novel. Thanks for stopping by.
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Post by Zilelabelle » 13 Mar 2018, 12:13

Thanks for the review! I'm willing to overlook a bit of character development issues if the plot is good enough. :)

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Post by Momiji1987 » 13 Mar 2018, 23:49

Very nice review! It seems like opinions on this book are all over the place, but it’s nice to read a positive review for this novel.

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Post by Samy Lax » 14 Mar 2018, 06:42

Just one mistake in editing - that's truly a blessing for us readers. A rating of 3 is pretty good for a scifi. I think I will give this one a shot. Lovely review!
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Post by melissy370 » 14 Mar 2018, 17:58

Good review Sarah Tariq. I remember when this was the book of the day. I don't think I liked the sample but maybe I needed to read more to get into it.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 15 Mar 2018, 09:37

Momiji1987 wrote:
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Very nice review! It seems like opinions on this book are all over the place, but it’s nice to read a positive review for this novel.
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Post by ViziVoir » 15 Mar 2018, 18:52

Another book blurring the lines of sci-fi and fantasy! That's a trend I'm noticing more and more right now, and I'm almost curious to see if it'll evolve into its own genre. Seems like an interesting book; I may have to give it a try.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 17 Mar 2018, 16:03

Sounds like an interesting story. Do you think it will be worth it for you to carry on with the series? I'm always interested to see if the story is tied up enough at the end to be satisfying to the reader, or if the author cuts the story short with intentions to expand in the following books.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 18 Mar 2018, 01:59

:| It has satisfactory ending and the story is fast paced despite the fact that it has subsequent books in series. Thanks for your comments.
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Post by Libs_Books » 18 Mar 2018, 02:46

Thanks for a clear and detailed review.
Momiji1987 wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 23:49
It seems like opinions on this book are all over the place...
It sounds as though the book is a bit all over the place! I don't mind a blending of sci-first and fantasy, but this seems like more of a mishmash. Coupled with gaps in character development, that's all a bit off-putting, but I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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Post by kwame1977 » 18 Mar 2018, 07:05

This is a comprehensive review and I can see the book is voluminous. I have marked it for the purpose of reading this later.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 18 Mar 2018, 10:20

Libs_Books wrote:
18 Mar 2018, 02:46
Thanks for a clear and detailed review.
Momiji1987 wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 23:49
It seems like opinions on this book are all over the place...
It sounds as though the book is a bit all over the place! I don't mind a blending of sci-first and fantasy, but this seems like more of a mishmash. Coupled with gaps in character development, that's all a bit off-putting, but I'm glad you enjoyed it.
The book is a bit all over the place. But overall the plot is interesting and I enjoyed it. Thanks for your comments.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 18 Mar 2018, 10:21

kwame1977 wrote:
18 Mar 2018, 07:05
This is a comprehensive review and I can see the book is voluminous. I have marked it for the purpose of reading this later.
Thanks for your feedback kwame. Hope you will enjoy it.
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