Monday, 23 December 2013

Review: Disharmony by Leah Giarratano

Disharmony (The Telling #1)
Released: 23 May 2012
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
At the Other End:
A psychopath... an empath... a genius. 

Three siblings who will save the world – or destroy it.
They know nothing of each other. They know nothing of the Telling. 
But they’ll need to learn fast if they’re going to survive...

A gripping new series about a collision of worlds, the power of destiny, and the darkness in us all...

Author Bio:
Dr Leah Giarratano is a clinical psychologist and best-selling author of four crime fiction novels. She has worked in psych-iatric hospitals, with the defence force, and in the corrections system with offenders who suffer severe personality disorders. She has assessed and treated survivors of just about every imaginable psychological trauma – from hostages to accident victims and war veterans. Leah was also the host of the prime-time television documentary series Beyond the Darklands, in which she delved into the psyches of some of Australia's most feared criminals.


Sum Up:
A good book with both highs and lows. Don't let the start of this book fool you, you will find more than you expect...

Behind the 345 Pages
This is one hard book to review. It's a slow novel that we don't really understand at first, from what is going on, as well as what we need to know. We wonder a little what the point of the book is, seeing as it doesn't really get interesting until the end of the novel. Most of it is like "fluff", there's really no point for it and it just makes the book longer than what it needs to be.

We get introduced to too many characters all at once. We wonder at the beginning, who the main character is (in Dwight), because there are too many things going on, and too many characters, that we don't know who to try and connect with or get through the rest of the story with. It is easier to connect  with Sam than it is Luke. This is because we know that Sam is the main character from the way that she connects with us as well as seems like to trust us,  she doesn't seem to draw our attention away from her as Luke does. Easily from this we can guess straight away who both Sam and Luke are.

As things start picking up a little with all of their normal day to day things we feel like we are on autopilot, watching and waiting for something interesting to happen, as well as waiting for the story to develop further.

When Sam starts to develop powers we wonder how this story will lead from there. Does Luke have some sort of power too? Will he develop any sort of power? What about the mysterious genius we haven't seen yet? Too many questions come about and we don't get many answers over time, leaving us wanting the second novel.

Then !BANG! everything starts to happen all at once. The quick change of pace brings us back into the book from our autopilot mode and into the story.  A twist or two at the end but overall we feel the need to continue with the next novel to see how it will all play out.

One  particular thing about this book was that we don't know who the second person we first meet here and there is. It doesn't fit in the novel with having that person there and makes it loose some of the books touch in a way. It loses the tone that is set in the book as we move back and forth from twin to twin. The second person just makes it seem sort of informal in a way. (You will understand this paragraph when you read this book)

We don't really know much about the book and about what kind of YA it falls under, but as we get closer to the end and the truth comes out we wonder why this different element was brought in, as well as what other creatures exist. This was well played as it was something  we didn't see coming and we feel just as surprised as Luke and Sam do when they find out about it all, as well as who some people are and what they can do,  including  things about themselves.

You can buy Disharmony from all good Australian bookshops and online!

What's Next:
16079954The Laeduin (The Telling #2)
Behind 360 Pages
Released: 30 January 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
At the Other End:
Love, death, war and betrayal . . .

The psychopath, the empath and the genius are finally together – and not everyone is happy about their reunion. As their powers grow stronger they are forced to seek out an unexpected ally. But as war between the worlds threatens to erupt, it becomes apparent that no one can be trusted . . . not even family.

18365924Immortal Combat (The Telling #3)
Behind 384 Pages
Released: 21 August 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
At the Other End:
A war that will end the world or save it . . .

The prophesied war is raging. Luke's destiny is unstoppable, Sam's losses and powers are unravelling her mind, and Jake's family secrets put the whole world in peril. And that's before the darkest warlock of all time makes his first move on the chessboard. A move he's planned for centuries . . .


This novel was received for review via Penguin Books Australia (NetGalley). This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

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