Sep 19, 2013

Seducer Fey

The mid-twenty-first century has brought about advancements for social justice and genetic engineering. Fluid gender identity and sexuality are widely accepted in society. The scientific quest for immortality is more popular than ever. Physical appeal, however, isn't just about youthfulness. Any researcher who discovers the secret to charisma will make millions. During a prospective college visit to Dalhousie University, Danny and her crush, Cassidy, are invited to the home of an eerily captivating student named Taban. There Danny learns that her DNA could be used to create a form of genetic therapy to give people longer lives for a hefty price. Danny's life is at risk because her rights to her DNA would get in the way of this plan. Cassidy vows to protect her friend. Unfortunately for the two young women, Taban has other motives.

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Our genetics tell the history of the world. DNA links us to early settlers, kings and queens, and maybe even biblical figures. But what if those genetics hid something more. What if they linked us to ancient myths? For Edana “Danny” Reyes, myth becomes reality when she finds out that her DNA marks her as a Genetic Fey. The scientific community and various businesses would kill for her genetics, but her right to her own DNA stands in their way. Danny’s going to need to decide who is friend or foe to make her way and survive.
To be 100% honest I cannot say that I enjoyed “Seducer Fey.” This was a challenging read and I struggled to finish it. The mythological and scientific focus and the terminology used gave it a very clinical feel. Author Royson clearly did significant research to add authenticity, but I think the volume of detail included eclipses necessary emotion. The spark I need from a great read just wasn’t there. Typical mythological dialogue example:

“Elatha was a Formorian prince who was handsome, unlike the other Formorians. He was more like an Each Uisge, really.”

This line was at 43% in the story and even though I understood this was supposed to be a compliment between two characters that were in a physical relationship I found myself scratching my head when I read it. The scientific dialogue is equally specific and intense:

“Capping the tubes, he balanced each in the centrifuge. After obtaining the extracted DNA he applied it to the polyacrylamide gel to separate the DNA. When the electrophoresis process finished, he ran a photograph of the results through the software.”

I realized at the end of the read that in trying to understand and follow the complexity of mythological/scientific aspects of the story I never connected with any the central characters, not a single one. “Seducer Fey” also continuously jumps POV’s, timelines, and international locations, which muddles the storyline further and builds a feeling of confusion as to what the central focus of the story should be.

Sci-Fi is a more appropriate genre label for “Seducer Fey.” For those looking for New Adult or romance, I don’t think this story is for you. The romance portion of “Seducer Fey” story is almost non-existent and the personal development/relationship intensity common in New Adult reads wasn’t anywhere I could find it. Did I care what relationship solidified or if anyone got a HEA? Not really.

Seducer Fey is the first in a proposed series but sadly I will not be checking out book 2.

Happy reading.

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