Isaura by Ruth Silver

Isaura is the third and final book in the Aberrant series and sadly suffers from the same issues that plagued the first two books: poor writing, illogical world building, paper thin characters, contradictions, and a lack of putting everything into a logical structure.  But if you have read all the way to the third book, you probably won’t care about any of those detractors.


Early on, I started to bookmark the numerous and overwhelmingly obvious issues but after while, just stopped.  At the point that you have this kind of contradiction in the same paragraph, I have to wonder if the editor took a permanent vacation when this series was prepared for print:

“You killed a friend of mine: Margo.” I didn’t suspect he remembered her or her name……..”You shot and killed her before she could say anything, tell you who she was.”

So if Margo was shot and killed before she could say anything like her name, why was he supposed to have remember her name?

There is just so much of that in the book – characters flip flopping personality (e.g., the main protagonist harangues people for killing but then goes and does it without blinking) and plot logic issues (she can take down 6 armed bandits by herself (several times!) by can’t defeat one lone middle aged bad guy who has her boyfriend hostage and so runs away terrified??) that I couldn’t dredge up enough credibility to really invest in the people or the story. Characters live in the moment, people and plot are also in the moment, so any conflicts, regrets, emotions, or story that has to do with anything not being discussed at the moment are completely disregarded, regardless of logic, continuity, or believability issues. Deaths of relatives don’t affect, starvation, fatigue, hurt, hunger, etc., don’t affect, and actions of one place never affect anything other than the heroine.

Add to the ridiculousness by giving a character so many ‘unique snowflake’ abilities, it’s beyond silly (she’s the only female who can conceive! She can create portals!  She can travel back in time!  She can heal! She can communicate telepathically! She is a master of hand combat in a month or two! She can shoot perfectly bow or gun! She can lead governments and armies after a few weeks of being there!…..etc. etc. etc.).  Heaven forbid she just has strength of character and not need any of the heavy handed deux ex machina.

Even the book names have no relation or consistency (the first relates to her unique snowflakeness, the second to a greek myth, and the third is the name of the head bad guy). So yes, this series is a 1.5 stars book for me.  I think the author needed to really sit down and flesh out a complete storyline in advance. Then hire a professional editor to give harsh, in depth criticism that she takes to heart. There may be a good, non derivative, interesting story at the heart of this muddled mess but i couldn’t find it.

I received all three books as ARCs and as such, was required to give an honest review.

This entry was posted in Book Reviews. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s