Friday, February 8, 2013

Review of Valley of Dust, by Karoleen Brucks

Review of Valley of Dust

Book Blurb:
Even as a little girl, Selene had always been adventurous, climbing trees and finding new adventures in every nook and cranny. She was never accepted by either gender—all children thought she was too outspoken and strange. Little did she know how different she truly was until an encounter with a mysterious stranger changes her life forever. Readers can witness the intriguing events unfold in Valley of Dust, a novel by Karoleen Vry Brucks.

From the moment that Lucian saw Selene, he knew she was special and that she was his destiny. He sent his brother, Anton, out to watch over her and protect her while she was still unaware of her true nature. Lucian, however, didn’t foresee that Anton and Selene would be mutually attracted to each other. Will Selene come between the two brothers? How will she handle the truth about what she is and the power that courses through her veins? Readers can unravel the exciting answers as they explore the Valley of Dust.
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I honestly don’t know where to start with this book.  When I first read the premise of the book, I was very excited about it.  Girl gets attacked, saved by mysterious man, meets mysterious man’s brother (who loves her from afar) and finds out she isn’t who she thought she was.  Great premise, but the execution was lacking for me.  The dialogue seemed rough and every time Lucian is mentioned in the book, his backstory is mentioned as well.  Repeatedly.  It made me feel like the author didn’t think the reader would be able to keep up with what was going on.  So, unfortunately I can’t say that this is one of my fave books.  It had a good premise, but fell short for me.  I would have to say to give it a try.  You might find that it’s one of your faves.  I would never say otherwise. I hope you find this to be a great read for you!
About the Author:
French-American author Karoleen Vry Brucks lives with her husband and 3-year-old daughter in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, painting, cooking different cuisines and loves animals. She loves North Carolina because one can get the beach and mountains with very little distance in between the two.