Series: The Palace Saga #1
Published by Self-Published
Published on February 18th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Review Copy
Finding her soul mate was enough for Chloe Diaz. She was happy to leave saving the world to her religious study partner. But what if you are the big bad? Chloe learns that, in the Palace, destiny is not enough.
* I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
The synopsis of the book was kind of vague. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I started reading the book. I just thought it was kind of intriguing, and the cover has a tiger on it, so I got curious and signed up for the Read & Review Program in Goodreads.
The story was told in Chloe Diaz’ perspective, while she navigates her new life in college. She was originally from El Paso, Texas, but decided to attend college in Montreal, Canada. She was attending summer classes and was paired up with Tal as her study partner. Tal is a very religious girl. She found her quite weird, but Chloe was the kind of person who is open and friendly, and she was sincerely interested in Tal to be her friend.
One of their classmates, Josh, started chatting up Chloe and invited her to join them for drinks that night. That’s where she met Seth, his brother. Now, I wouldn’t say it was instant love, but more, they were attracted to each other. Chloe found him always talking to her, asking her questions about her life, getting to know her better, and she did love those moments. For weeks, that went on, until Seth finally confessed that he wants her to be his girlfriend.
That’s where it all felt a bit Twilighty. I think it didn’t help that the book, Twilight, was mentioned in the earlier part of the book, and she even mentioned that she wasn’t Kristen Stewart who gets Rob Patterson in the end. Take note : Yes, Rob Patterson was mentioned a few times. I think the author meant Pattinson. Basically, she thought Seth was a Rob.
In my opinion, it was still too early in their relationship to actually claim each other as their soul mate. They both believe that each other’s The One. Maybe it does happen to some people, but it really felt like Edward’s undying love for Bella and vice versa. But Chloe isn’t totally like Bella. She knows where her priorities lie. She doesn’t believe that Seth defines who she is, she’s got her own strengths and she’s pretty likable.
So how does the paranormal part come into the book? Well, that’s Tal and her gang. They belong to a religion called the People, and they serve He Who Knows. They exist in both the physical world and the Palace. Your Palace-self is your real self. As part of the People, they dedicate their lives for the Service. They battle the evils the threaten the balance of the universe. If they don’t fight, the world ends, basically. As Chloe got to know Tal and her friends, she found herself fascinated by the People, and she wants to be one of them. But becoming the People means you have to finish a Quest. It can take a few months up to years to finish one in order for your soul to enter through the front door of the Palace.
Honestly, the aspects of their religion was still a bit confusing for me. Sometimes it felt kind of cult-like. They call non-People “Other”, and there was a part in the story where they discriminated against non-People. Chloe is an Other. And apparently, Seth is a non-practicing People. Bottom line, an Other cannot be with the People. Will Chloe make the ultimate sacrifice and break up with Seth? Or will she stick by him, be happy, and love each other. Forever?
Overall, it was a really good book (I found out that it’s FREE on Amazon), and I will continue reading book 2, To Call Your Name, because I am quite curious about what happens to Chloe and her friends. It was quite a cliffhanger, and it did make me want to grab the next book!
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