Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Series: Seeker Series #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.
And she’ll be with the boy she loves – who’s also her best friend.
But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
And now it’s too late to walk away.
First Sentence: It would be nice to make it through alive, Quin thought.
I received a copy of the book from NYCC in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I haven’t ever heard of Seeker before I saw it at the Random House booth at NYCC. That was pretty weird because Seeker is set to be a major motion picture and there is some huge hype building around it. However, once I read the summary of Seeker, I was all over the book because hello, fantasy, but at the same time, I’m still side-eyeing it because I am not impressed with that cover. (After reading Seeker, I can say that I get the cover, but I still don’t like it either way.) In the end, Seeker sadly didn’t turn out to be as epic as it promised.
Tonight she would take her oath. the life she had been anticipating since childhood would finally begin. (ARC 13)
Right from the very first page, like literally right from the very first page, I learned that Seeker would have a love triangle. The first page of the ARC of Seeker had a letter from the editor who was talking about the book, and as soon as I saw the words “there’s a love triangle,” I promptly closed Seeker for awhile and shuddered. However, after reading Seeker, I can safely say that the love triangle in Seeker isn’t an annoying love triangle where the main character keeps on debating between which guy to choose, but there is a love triangle nevertheless.
Although I wasn’t annoyed with the love triangle in Seeker, I was really annoyed with how the romance went in the book. Declarations of “I love you”s was given so easily and so fast. Yes, I get that the characters were young fifteen year olds for a majority of the book and fifteen year olds say “I love yous” really easily, but after two years passed, they still gave out “I love yous” so easily and effortlessly. Did I also mention that they also didn’t say “I love you” to the same people they said “I love you” to earlier when they were fifteen and it was given in a very short time span once they met the other person? The romance just rubbed me the wrong way.
“No,” she breathed.
“Why wouldn’t you choose me?” he whispered. “Just once?” (ARC 420)
Another downfall of Seeker is that it tells you that there will be a huge plot twist that the characters won’t see coming, but we readers all know it’ll be coming because the summary said so. That lead me to predict what the plot twist is before I even started reading the book and that’s right, I predicted what exactly the plot twist was right before I even started the book. If the summary never told us that there would be a huge twist, there was a chance I wouldn’t have managed to guess what this big twist was, but alas, that didn’t happen.
I’ve seen reviews where people didn’t get the world-building in Seeker and what a Seeker even was, but everything was pretty simple for me to understand, which was how I predicted that huge plot twist. One thing to note is that the world-building in Seeker isn’t outwardly explained – you have to piece together what happened yourself.
Overall, Seeker was a decent book that bored me at times, but it also has its moments. Either way, Seeker sadly disappointed me and I personally don’t think that Seeker deserves that much hype.