Friday, 29 March 2013

Dazzle (Delaney's Gift, #1) by Amber Garza

Dazzle (Delaney's Gift, #1)
lurb (from Gooreads):
Sixteen-year-old Delaney Scott possesses a special gift. Ever since she was a child she has known about her calling and the duty she’s expected to fulfill.

Dazzle by Amber Garza

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Dazzle (Delaney's Gift, #1)(Source: I won a digital copy of this book. Thanks to author Amber Garza!)
Delaney is special, one of only 10 ‘Ekloge Warriors’ when the coming war arrives, she will be one of the chosen few who will fight for her people.

Delaney has the gift of prophecy, and her best friend Micha has the gift of strength. For years the two have saved people by following Delaney’s visions and using Micha’s strength to help change things. Micha even saved Delaney herself from drowning once.

When Delaney and Micha save a girl called Ariel from drowning when her car goes off a bridge, they discover something important – Ariel is also an Ekloge Warrior. Although Ariel wants nothing to do with Delaney and Micha, circumstances throw them together. Delaney remains wary of Ariel though as she fears that she is hiding something.

There are other things going on in Delaney’s life though. Even though she and Micha are best friends, and they have always believed that they will end up together, Sam, a boy at school that Delaney has always secretly had a crush on, suddenly begins to pay her attention, and Delaney finds herself falling for him.
What is Ariel hiding though? Who were the men who ran her off the bridge? And what will Micha do when he discovers that Delaney has been seeing Sam?

This was an interesting YA paranormal, I thought that the world building could possibly have been improved, but I really liked the thrill of the chase and the mystery surrounding Ariel and Sam.

Delaney was such a sweet girl, and she was so invested in using her gift to help people, even when it made things difficult for her. I was both pleased and worried when she began dating Sam, as although I wanted her to be happy, it was obvious that Sam didn’t have pure intentions when it came to Delaney which was really sad.

I liked Micha, but I thought he was a little selfish wanting to keep Delaney to himself, especially when he then began to show an interest in Ariel, I’m not so sure that this was a love triangle as a love square!
Both Sam and Ariel were new characters in Delaney and Micha’s lives, and both seemed to be hiding things. While we saw things from Sam’s point of view every few chapters, we didn’t see things from Ariel’s view, so what she was up to was a total mystery to the reader.

I did find the world building a little difficult to follow in this book. We were told about the Ekloge warriors, but then didn’t find out any more about the history surrounding these warriors until later on in the book, and even then I was still a little confused. There was some mention of some sort of war between (?)two people called Zerach and Saraf. Zerach won, and Saraf was banished somewhere? Now Saraf’s people can’t enter the town where Delaney lives(?) but Saraf wants to take over the town. The people who live in the town either follow Zerch or Saraf, or don’t have an allegiance (I think!)

There was also a storyline surrounding tattoos – people who support Zerach have a tattoo on their arm showing their allegiance, people who follow Saraf have fire branded on their forehead. Tattoos also appear on people’s skin to show important things in their life – parents, pets, loves etc. Delaney and Micha both have these sort of self-appearing tattoos, although Sam didn’t, I’m not 100% sure if the tattoos only came to people who supported Zerach? Really not sure! I think more information was needed with regards to the world building to make things a bit clearer possibly!

I did find the mystery surrounding the Ekloge Warriors to be very gripping, and I can’t wait to discover if Delaney and Micha find more of these special warriors in the next instalment!

I did find the paranormal aspect of the story a little difficult to believe in places. The story read very much like a contemporary romance, but then these strange paranormal aspects came in that didn’t 100% fit in with the story, I’m hoping that this will improve in the next instalment though, as things smooth out a bit.

The ending was slightly maddening I’m afraid – we’re left with a major cliff-hanger! I really want to know what happens next so I will be keeping an eye out for the next instalment, which I think the author said she would send me when it releases!!
Overall; a good start to a new YA paranormal series, with an intriguing ‘love square’ to boot!
7 out of 10.

However, all Delaney wants is to be normal. That’s why she is drawn to Sam. He can offer her the life she’s always desired. Only Sam has secrets of his own.
Secrets that are deadly. Secrets that can change everything.

1 comment:

  1. I love how mysterious this one sounds. Too bad about the world-building though.