images (2)Reviewed by Sarah Lelonek

Dissever by Colee Firman is one of those books that really surpassed my expectations. While I try not to judge a book by its cover, I tend to judge a book by the first few pages. I was confused rather than impressed by the prologue and beginning of Dissever, however, I’m glad I continued reading. This novel is definitely worth the read.

Following a young adult named Addy Sanders, Dissever takes the reader into a world much like ours. Well, a world like ours where entire villages can appear on a beach and no one notices. Addy is one of the only humans in an Akori – a human village with magic. While the Akori live the length of many life times, Addy lives a normal human lifespan. But she’s not a normal human by any standards. When her grandfather passes away, Addy is given new responsibilities and a whole lot of new problems. It’s up to Addy to discover who she can trust in her close circle of friends and who is really out to hurt her.

The only thing I would really change would be getting into the heart of the story a little sooner. It took me a while to figure out what they story was really about. That’s not to say that any of the novel is not enjoyable, because it all certainly is. Like I said, the beginning of the novel didn’t make much sense to me. About halfway through Dissever, I went and re-read the first few pages just to understand where they stood in relation to the rest of the book. I’m glad I did.

The plot is rich with twists and new, very well-developed characters that make the novel well worth anyone’s time. Dissever is a nice length, making it an easy read, but not too short. I liked the little bit of drama between the characters, and I really enjoyed the ongoing theme that not everything is always as it seems. Even though I feel this is mostly a novel for twenty-somethings, I think that older teens as well as anyone who likes a little mystery will enjoy it as well.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Sarah Emily Lelonek has a BA in English Literature from Kent State University. She is planning on attending Graduate School for English Rhetoric and Composition. She enjoys traveling and gaming while on breaks from working on her novel.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Colee Firman. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.