Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Book Review: Sweet Sleep { The Children of Ankh} by Kim Cormack

Title: Sweet Sleep
Author: Kim Cormack
Series: The Children of Ankh
Publisher: Corvallis Press
Date of Publication: Aug. 5 2014
Source: received from author in exchange for my honest opinion

Book Synopsis:
What would you do if you discovered that everything you’ve ever known to be your reality was a lie? What if…The things that go bump in the night, things you thought were simply a figment of your wild imagination are in fact very real? Would you live your life differently if you knew you were going to be corrected…erased from this world sometime around your sixteenth birthday? You and your twin sister were never meant to be born. There will be no place to run…No place to hide…You won’t even know they’re coming…Do you have what it takes to survive your Correction? Do you have what it takes to leave your humanity behind?If your answer is yes then hold on tight... …it’s going to be one hell of a ride!

My Thoughts:

As soon as the first chapters begin to unfold in Sweet Sleep, we are thrust into a tumultuous event that really sets the stage for the dark future our main characters are running into headlong.  It is gruesome incident that rocks the small town as well as everyone that is close to the twins, Kayn and Chloe.
But that is just the beginning.

Sweet Sleep explores the concepts of destiny, reincarnation, and magic in a way that I haven't seen before.  The Children of Ankh are a new and creative way of digging into the "immortals" and the magic they hold.
Although the plot was extremely interesting, I did feel like there was, at times, information overload. Some of the explanations were too long, and others seemed to be repeated a few times throughout the book.

Kayn and Chloe, the twins and main characters, were intriguing characters.  I have twin sons, so I  always love to read stories that involve some type of twin interaction.    Kayn and Chloe seem to share some intense abilities that are imaginative and interesting as well as a tad sad too.  I also enjoyed the other characters in the Ankh group, including Frost and Grey.  They were interesting and also added humor to the dark story.
I didn't really cozy up to Kevin at all.  I liked him as the friend, but anything else and it just didn't play out for me.
Even though I enjoyed the characters I did feel like there were just too many characters being introduced, especially towards the end.  I didn't get to really  know some of these characters because I was trying to keep up with all the others that were being brought into the story at an alarming rate.
The story was also really long and I would have liked it to have been shortened or perhaps, made into another short story?  I'm not sure how that could have played out.

There is a love triangle involved (or perhaps a love square) but it is not like the other triangles we have seen in other romance novels.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out for the major characters.

All in all, Sweet Sleep is an originative journey into the magical characters we are introduced to as they sort through the physical and emotional pain they have to experience to become even greater.

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