Review: Seasons Within by Lele Iturrioz

11 February 2017


Seasons Within 
Lele Iturrioz
(Acorn Publishing)
Publication date: December 15th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

 Most teenage girls know their name, where they came from, who they are. Not G, a beautiful redhead with unusual markings on her wrist. She gets her name from a silver locket she keeps around her neck, unaware the engraved letter “G” on its front holds the secret to her past.
G’s life before the age of six has been a mystery to her. Each night for the last twelve years she’s been haunted by the same nightmare—a war. Horrendous beasts, warriors able to wield the four elements, and a boy who saves her by means of blue fire taunt her memory. 
But on her eighteenth birthday, G’s life begins to unravel. When she meets her new Chemistry professor, a man with an uncanny resemblance to the boy who saves her, she knows there must be more to her dreams. 
It’s dangerous not knowing who you are, what you’re capable of, and what future awaits you. Especially when the darkness that slaughtered your entire world, just found you.

Review

The ideas contained within the book were interesting and the plot had a great deal of potential. In saying this, I struggled to get stuck into the story and would often put it down to try and pick it up again at a later time.
The first chapter initially felt very different to the plot that I had imagined from reading the short blurb and it took quite some time before it became intertwined within the main story. At times the characters felt very flat and lacked depth which meant that it was difficult to grasp a real understanding of them or make a connection with them. By the end however I was quite invested in the relationship that had formed between G and Edan. It also often felt that answers were given away too quickly so there was no real intrigue or desire to continue reading, although information about Edan’s past was not revealed within this book at all.
There were grammatical errors throughout. Due to this, it often felt a little messy and at times difficult to understand what the author had meant.
Despite these unfortunate downsides and the struggle I found with the story, once I’d reached ¾ quarters of the way I found that there were many questions that I wanted answering as information had started to be drip fed into the story rather than given straight away as it had been earlier in the book. The nature themes were strong throughout and it was interesting to see the way each character manipulated their chosen element which gave it a slightly different feeling to other books I have read. With this in mind, I will be interested to read the sequel to this book when it is written as the ending left some intrigue and need to know what happens next for G and The Six.  

By Chloe

Disclosure: The Pursuit Of Bookiness received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  All opinions are out own

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