Thursday, 7 June 2012

#110 Book Review: Disharmony

Disharmony (The Telling #1)
Release Date: May 23rd 2012
Author: Leah Giarratano
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy: Fishpond
More Info: Goodreads
Summary from Goodreads:
A empath...a genius.

Three siblings who will save the world – or destroy it.
They know nothing of each other. They know nothing of the Telling.
But they’ll need to learn fast if they’re going to survive...

A gripping new series about a collision of worlds, the power of destiny, and the darkness in us all...
I love the dark feeling of the cover and the black background. The way we can only see the girl’s hair gives off this eerie and anonymous feeling. 


A psychopath. An empath. A genius.
Disharmony is an engaging and gripping read. The book is written from alternating POVs between Luke, Samantha, and an anonymous narrator. When I first heard of the book, I was really interested with the concept of Disharmony. It was a unique and different concept compared to all the YA books I’ve read out there. 

The idea of a witch creating 3 children with different abilities was very interesting. I really enjoyed reading how each of the children discovered that they are not just an average person but have the ability that makes them different from others. The story was quite well-written although it took me about ¾ of the book to finally get hooked into the story. The book started out with a chapter written by the anonymous narrator which I really liked but then the story progressed slowly until closer to the end of the book where it was filled with actions and exciting scenes. The ending made me excited to read the next book!

The characters in this book are so enjoyable to read about! I love their personalities and their abilities. I don’t really want to spoil the characters’ ability but let’s just say Luke Black is unable to feel pain and Samantha is the opposite of him. I enjoyed reading about how they discover that they have special abilities and how they have siblings that are similar to them, born from the same mother. When they finally met, the plot became very interesting. I also really like Kirra, the Asian girl and antagonist in this book. She absolutely rocks! She works for the Yakuza so you can imagine how kick-ass she is!
As I read the book, I noticed that there were 3 ‘gifted’ children but only 2 were introduced in this book. What does this mean? And my curiosity was answered by the end of the book so I’m excited to read the next book in the series!

Leah Giarratano’s Disharmony is a new riveting novel with a unique concept. What will happen when a psychopath, an empath and a genius unite? Will they bring good to the world or destroy the world with evil? Even though the story didn’t quite hooked me, it was overall an enjoyable read and I’m excited for the next book in the series!
3 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Disharmony!
Thank you Penguin Australia for the review copy!

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  1. Even though it took you quite a while to really engage with the book, I'm glad to hear you found it enjoyable in the end. :) I love the ideas and really want to give this a try when I can. Amazing review! :)

  2. I think this one sounds fantastic, but I've seen a couple of 3* reviews now, which I don't think is enough for me to get it imported from Aus! I've heard it's a little slow, which your review says too, I'm intrigued to see if the series gets better

    Cait x

  3. Love that this book gradually picked up pace and is narrated by an anonymous narrator!!! This definitely sounds like a unique premise and I'd love to read it sometime. Fantastic review, Celine <3 :)

  4. I keep seeing 3 star review everywhere! Not sure what to think here. This reminds me a lot of Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs. There are three sisters with unique powers and only two are really introduced for the main part ;) I loved that book but I'll definitely be more wary of this one! Sucks that it takes so long to become interesting but we'll see! Thanks for the review!

  5. I guess it was a good thing you kept reading, it sounds like the ending was worth it! You know have me wondering about the 3rd child! (I have a few guesses already!)

  6. A slow burn to a great finish...well that is good, better than a lame ending...right..a psychopath and an empath and a genius...interestin mix that intrigues me!

  7. This one sounds amazing (the synopsis) but I've read a couple of reviews now that say it's just okay. If I could easily pick up a copy, I would, but I don't think it'll be a must read for me unless it's released over here sometime.

  8. I really love how you write your reviews :) They are well-written and not too long, great. You really make me curious about this book. The dark cover really catches my eyes.


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