I was graciously given a copy of SeQuence (The Heart of the Ocean #1) by Lorraine M.L.M. for free in exchange for a review.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
This book shocked me. So much happened in just the first two chapters and I was sucked into this book until I finished reading it. I went into it not knowing much about it. I honestly only skimmed the synopsis before getting the book, but I’m so glad I read it. My only real complaint about the story is that I was hoping for a glossary of sorts at the end to explain some of the Zenesh words that weren’t explained through the context of the story and that there wasn’t a pronunciation guide for the characters. The two main characters, Alessia and Dante, were easy for me to pronounce, but almost all of the other characters caused me to stumble throughout the entire story when I came across their names.
I did love how well the book explained the world Alessia finds herself in. I appreciated the fact that the reader learns about this world along with Alessia. I felt that it was a great touch that it was explained through dialogue between characters and not just from being thrust into the world.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed in the instalove. Alessia barely gets her footing in this new world and all of a sudden Dante is declaring his love for her and how he’d do anything for her. This happens in chapter eight. Alessia has only been in this new world for a short time and already this guy is professing his love for her and she’s all about it. To me, it just didn’t make much sense. I don’t mind them together at all, but I feel like it could have happened at a later time and worked so much better.
It also bothered me a bit that throughout the story, Alessia literally only interacts with a handful of people. Several other girls her age are introduced throughout the story, but no one even tries to befriend Alessia. I think I recall her having conversations at length with maybe five people. Dante, her grandmother, Zaira, Dante’s sister-in-law, Lariana, and her two dreyziz (which I’m assuming are similar to handmaidens because it was never explained what a dreyziz was), Talia and Daphne. I kind of just wish there had been more of a friendship aspect to this story. I felt that it could have benefited Alessia to also have a friend in this new world.
I did find the story to be enjoyable despite the tough character names, the lack of explaining some Zenesh words, and the instalove. Many of the characters were memorable and had many positive aspects to them. After the first couple chapters, the pacing was rather slow for the first half of the book, but fortunately it picked up the pace immensely during the second half. I do think I will eventually pick up the sequel because the world and plot line did interest me and I’m curious to know what happens next.