Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BBReview: "Oriana's Eyes: Book One of the Great Oak Trilogy" By Celeste Simone

Genre: Young Adult -Fantasy/Dystopian
Publishing Date: February 24th, 2010
Page Count: 268
Source: Sent to me by the author
Format: Paperback

Description from Goodreads:
As a pure-blood Winglet, Oriana isn't supposed to look at a half-blood much less speak to one. Half-bloods are the lowest of all races at Odon's University, because they are half Winglet and half Finlet. But when a half-blood, Dorian, locks eyes with her in the hallway, Oriana can't help but be intrigued by his daring nature. After sneaking out to the garden in the middle of the night to talk to him, Oriana knows she can't let her feelings go. She fears not following Odon's rules, but the more she sees Dorian the more she wants to break them all. When Oriana's idea of perfection crumbles she seeks a way out of the imprisoning University that threatens not only her happiness, but her very life. Dorian promises he has a plan to take her far away, but Oriana doubts they can escape Odon's all-seeing eye. Oriana isn't sure what she fears more, being stuck in the University or finding out what lies beyond its walls.

As many of my avid followers know this isn't my typical genre to review, but it did sound very interesting so i decided to try it out. In the beginning of the book all i could think was "What did i get myself into", because i was very confused and didn't really understand what was happening in the book and since the author is such a nice person i felt guilty for not liking it, but thankfully it picked up. I think i was confused, because this novel isn't like most books. Since it's fantasy it's not your typical story where you can kind of assume where the story is taking you, its all brand new imagination, and it's not like most books where there is the first chapter explaining who the main character is and what their background is like, instead you just jump into the story which in the end i think worked really well.

After getting past the confusion and understanding what was going on the story picked up and picked up fast. i was very intrigued to find out the truth about Odon and find out where Oriana and Dorian's relationship was going to go. I love the Great Oak and i love, love, love the characters that Celeste created. I think they each had their own spunk and really brought something to the story instead of just being space fillers. I also really liked that i had emotion with this book. I found myself not just confused (but only in the beginning), but also scared, angry, sad, happy, and ecstatic. I also found myself full of adrenaline whenever they were in the caves, yelling at the book when Oriana decides to do something really dumb, in my opinion, and also crying when some really sad parts take place. This novel leaves you feeling it all.

I really liked this novel. I was confused in the beginning, because i didn't understand what was happening and what the history was of everything, but it explains all that through out the book so i understand why Celeste started the book out that way and agree that it was the best way to start the novel. After the confusion it gets really, really good and i found myself having tons of emotions towards this novel, which is what in my opinion makes a great novel, when the reader feels something. All the characters were amazing and i am definitely interested in reading book two. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for something new, those who love fantasy and dystopians and also those who love a good book to make their hearts race.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5