Here we are, with the review of a book that I wanted so hard to like more! Let’s talk about the book, then I’ll tell you what I thought about it.
The book is Silver Hollow (Borderlands Saga #1) by Jennifer Silverwood , an Adult, Contemporary, Fairy Tales, Fantasy.
“I shouldn’t have to tell you this isn’t a fairy story…” After her parents’ car crash ten years before, Amie Wentworth trusts books more than people. She may be a writer, but she believes in reality over fiction. She ignores the unexplained mysteries surrounding her, never mind the dreams of a past life, or the fact she can fry technology with a touch. Not even a timely invitation from her long-lost uncle in England gives Amie incentive for anything other than ire.
Until she is stabbed in an alley and brought back to life by a handsome stranger. Soon Amie is dragged into the very sort of tale she is used to selling. To make matters worse, the man who saved her life keeps turning up and her would-be-murderer is still at large.
After crossing the Atlantic to her father’s homeland, she discovers a world beyond imagining. Silver Hollow is a place of ancient traditions and supernatural dangers, where everything is the opposite of what it seems and few escape sane. Faced with an impossible choice, Amie is forced to confront a deadly family legacy while remembering a life she soon wishes to forget.
**Previously published in 2012. This NEW EDITION has been FULLY REVISED AND EXPANDED. The original novel is now no longer available.**
Here’s what I thought of it:
My review of this book ends with 3 stars for what, to me, was a missed opportunity.
There are several problems.
A heroine who’s not really ‘into the moment’, but seems to wander around throwing fits, and trying to convince herself what is happening is not real even when, clearly, it is.
The writing is very flourished. Very much so. If you like it, then this book will make you happy. To me, sadly, it was long and a bit tedious. Details, long sentences, slow pace. Not my cup of tea.
While everything is (overly) described, the plot feels underwritten. Reasons behind the characters’ actions are missing, there’s a lot of jumping from one thing to another, a lot of assumptions.
The romance was baffling. Not sure why it happened.
But. It’s a very curious world full of wonder, and you can feel the love the author poured into it. The cover is absolutely great.
A shame, because with a little more tweaking it could have been a fun ride, which is why I can’t move from 3 stars. Less or more would not be right.
This is a tour, which means if you want more reviews, or more about the story or the author, you can find it here: (http://xpressobooktours.com/2018/11/21/tour-sign-up-silver-hollow-by-jennifer-silverwood/)
Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time, she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador, or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of three series–Heaven’s Edge, Wylder Tales and the Borderlands Saga–and the stand-alone titles Stay and She Walks in Moonlight. She released her first serialized Urban Fantasy, Angel Blue in August 2018.
Author links: https://jennifersilverwood.com/
Giveaway:Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
- A signed hardback copy of Silver Hollow + swag and a free coupon for Blackbriar Cove when it comes out
- An ebook copy of any of Jennifer’s books of your choice + a $10 Amazon gift card