Tallis by M.C. Rae

Tallis (Books of Andresium #1)
written by M.C. Rae          
published by Tulipe Noire Press

Why did I pick this book: I was fortunate enough to take part in the blog tour for this book hosted by YA Bound. (I was provided with a free copy of the book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: This book was okay…not great, not that good…just okay, in my opinion. 

The story is definitely there. It was interesting but I always felt like I was missing something. The book just jumped right in with no backstory or explanation or anything. I felt lost from the start. It almost felt like a second book in a series or like a very rough draft where you get the story out but have to go back and fill in the blanks. 

The book was also very detailed. It had a lot of description and metaphors…beautifully written, but more than I needed in such a short story. I wanted to really like Tallis but I didn’t know enough about her in the beginning to actually care about her throughout the story. And Tarameen really loved Tallis and I wanted to root for them. But his backstory was also confusing. I didn’t understand his schooling and place in the hierarchy of the school. 

All-in-all, this book was okay…not great. The story is there…I just wish there was more of it. 

Would I recommend it: I would not.

Will I read it again: I will not read this book again. I will try other books by this author though.

About the book – from Goodreads: The Empire of Andresium is threatened by the corruption of the immortals, ancient beings given the gift of eternal life after the death of the last reigning empress. A prophecy speaks of their eventual downfall at the hands of one of their own, however. Tallis is known by most simply as “The Loren,” and seeks to avoid her destiny while trying herself to remain untainted by the decaying morals and indifference to the fates of men that plague her kind. As the events of the prophecy begin to unfold, Tallis finds herself conflicted between upholding her dedication to justice, and falling victim to the ramifications of following the desires of her own heart.

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