Book: The House
Author: Sebastiana Randone
Genre: Fantasy, Time Travel Romance
THE HOUSE by SEBASTIANA RANDONE takes the reader on a journey of a distraught woman that jumps back through time. This story has two elements that I really enjoy reading about, time travel and soul mates. The romance does not show up until the end of the book. I really liked the fact that I had no idea what was going to happen with the main character until the very last few pages and the author surprised me with the ending which is a huge plus. The storyline is original and that alone makes this book have a lot of potential.
Unfortunately, I had a very difficult time reading The House. The author's writing style is almost a lyrical prose from so long ago that I had what I can only describe as an almost impossible time trying to understand. An example of this is the very first sentence in the Prologue:
"ONCE UPON OUR time, there existed an abundant, sagacious old wood, where misshapen time gamboled capriciously in the hidden furrows of memory."
I read the first two chapters and had to stop because I literally had no idea what I had just read. Had I not been asked to review this book, I would have just put it away at that time and forgotten about it which would have been a shame, since I ended up really liking the storyline. Since I was asked to review this book, I started over, slowly, reading each sentence trying to figure out what the author was trying to convey. I finally got the hang of this lyrical type writing around chapter six.
Another issue I had with this book was the vocabulary. I counted over 120 times I had to stop reading to look a word up in the Kindle dictionary. I know this sounds ridiculous, because generally, if a reader is unsure of the word, you can get the meaning through the rest of the sentence. However, since I found the author's writing style so difficult to understand, I was completely lost without the word definitions. Some examples of what I'm talking about are: moribund, fecundity, parsimonious, licentiousness, obstreperous, and the list goes on and on and on. This felt more like a vocabulary test than an actual novel. This book was just too much work to read which in turn sucked all the enjoyment out of it for me.
I appreciate Ms. Randone's effort with The House and I have no doubt this book could be successful with some re-working because she has a really great storyline here, but I'm afraid readers like me will not read it to its conclusion as it is written.
Reviewed by Sandy Wolters
Guest reviewer for the Paranormal Romance Guild”
Sandy Wolters wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013.