Monday, March 27, 2017

Book Tour: A Human Element by Donna Galanti + GIVEAWAY

A Human Element by Donna Galanti
Published July 24, 2014
Summary on Goodreads
The book had an interesting premise but as I got into the audiobook, I was getting a little skeptical.  I’m not sure if it was the narrator or the slow pace of the book but it was definitely something.  It also took a little while to actually get into the book because there was a lot of plot development and character building that took place.  There were also a lot of time gaps and jumps so, as an audiobook, it can be easy to miss and then you’re just confused until you realize that there was a time jump.  That being said, towards the middle of the book when I started to realize what was going on, I ended up really enjoying the book.

Even though the book started off a bit slow, ultimately I was glad for all of the developments that took place.  It definitely needed it for the reader to fully comprehend all the inner workings of the book.  So from the beginning, it was obvious to me who the “savage killer” was but then there was Ben and I wasn’t sure why he was there or what purpose he had in the whole thing so he definitely threw me off a little.  Until I found out his purpose there, his side of the story was really random.  He did a lot of shit when he was younger and then I guess he grew up and became a better man.  But it was crazy to think how much he changed from when he was still a kid and there was accident with his foster parents to who he became when he finally met Laura.

Laura was an interesting character as well.  I can’t decide if I actually like her or not because I felt that there were times when she was super immature but not in a bad way.  For example, she would save her mother from dying just because she didn’t want her to leave her.  And I mean, obviously saving her mother is good, but sometimes fate is fate right?  And when someone is destined to go, you just gotta let them go.  Plus these incidences happened all the time (i.e. Mr. B with the bees or Mr. B with that final stand against the savage killer or her best friend in college).  The interesting thing was that after the huge accident with her parents, she swore off her magical healing powers yet went straight for it again when the incident at college took place.  So I found her to be a bit wishy washy.  I also thought she was too soft.  That savage killer?  She tried to change his ways and reform him even though clearly he couldn’t be and people died because of him.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that I thought she was unrealistic.  And that whole incident at the end when she ran away?  I was like, seriously?  Come on.  It seemed that the author just wanted to prolong the story for a few extra chapters for seemingly no reason.

I also got this book via an audiobook so the narrator played an important role in setting the scene/image for the listeners.  I’d definitely had audiobooks where the author droned on and I pretty much gave up within an hour of listening (I still need to give them a chance!).  So I was glad that this narrator did a decent job in making sure that his pronunciations were clear (though I have to say, his female tones for Laura was a bit odd…). 

Overall, I did enjoy this book and would be interested in reading the rest of the trilogy but so far only book 2 has been written and it’s been 3 years now so…I might end up with reading only this book.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for showcasing A Human Element today! I really appreciate you reviewing! I just finished writing the final book in the trilogy and should be out this year : )