On the Run

Title: On the Run (Book 1 in The Moriya Chronicles)
Author: I-Lanaa Twine
Publisher: self-published
Release Date: August 31, 2014

Isn’t it amazing how in a mere split second, the very essence of who you are can change forever? That in just an instant your entire life can be ripped to shreds?
One night, three years ago, my mother was torn from us. Gone, without a trace. And just like that, nothing was ever the same.
Thrust into a world of darkness and danger, my father and I were forced to flee a past that haunted us and the beasts that hunted us.
As the black walls of despair closed all around me, I felt eternally lost…
Until I found him. And he helped me find myself.
Derrick Harris was a beacon of the purest light, guiding me straight into the warmth of his heart.
But sometimes the past has a way of finding you. Lies have a way of catching up to you. And secrets never seem to stay secret for very long.
Now all that I hold dear is at stake, and I must fight to survive, or my entire world will crumble before my eyes.
I am on the run…

I’m torn on how I feel about this book. For the most part, it was good – I liked Jade, the main character and narrator, and the majority of the plot. The prologue was pretty fantastic; I liked how it wasn’t told from Jade’s POV. It made it more unique, as well as intriguing. The mystery of how everything fits together started almost immediately because of this. I also enjoyed Jade’s father. He was a great character – a sweet person, but not without his own faults and blemishes.

There were also some parts of the book that I thought were dangerously close to being too much, or sometimes even crossed that line but then regressed so that I wanted to continue reading. For example, with the mystery of Jade’s necklace and the spirit that she dreams. Some of the intrigue that came with that was great – figuring out the whole Varanthia thing and connected some dots here and there. But the fact that it was almost constant, and the transition between Jade’s dreams and reality were so abrupt, that occasionally I got annoyed because it appeared that the author didn’t care about that aspect; she was just throwing it in instead of tying it into the story, and that happened with a few other events, too.

I also read another review of this book by Jackie G. Mills, and I couldn’t help but agree that I didn’t really like Derrick. From the synopsis, the book seems like more of a romance than it really is, and Derrick wasn’t all that great. I also agree with her that the story didn’t really hold my interest until Nuption and Lathos. However, even that was written with choppy parts here and there, so I still didn’t love the book.

What I did like, though, was that the author incorporated several elements into the story: there was a little romance, a little sci-fi, and a lot of action/adventure. There are some grossly descriptive parts with some violence, but for the most part, this was the most balanced part of the novel. I also enjoyed the epilogue; not knowing what would happen next, being kept in the dark about so much, and figuring out the new narrator, was all fun and made me want to read the next book, even though this novel would not break the top 100 books I’ve ever read.

~Yours Truly

*Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. My views on the book are entirely my own (except where outside influence by another review has been noted) and have not been influenced by the author or publisher in any way.


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