Tuesday 25 March 2014

Review ~ Waybrooke by Julia Barkey.

Today is my tour stop for Waybrooke by Julia Barkey. My stop will include a review of the book and a giveaway. To follow the rest of the tour (and enter the other giveaways), click the banner above to take you to the schedule.

Title: Waybrooke.
Author: Julia Barkey.
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi.
Release Date: August 16, 2013.

Purchase: Amazon ; B&N

Carrie Kent leaves her home in California to help at her Aunt Crystal's institute. There, she meets an interesting group of people with very interesting abilities.

What starts off as a side job soon turns Carrie's life into chaos as she, and her new friends, face a secret criminal organization called E.Y.E who are willing to sacrifice everything in order to keep the group quiet.


Waybrooke had such an intriguing plot. I needed to pick it up and see how everything turned out, and the plot did not disappoint. I’m just so torn with my review of this book though because I really really enjoyed it and only put it down once the whole way through, but then I feel like I should look at the aspects which didn’t work, regardless of how entertaining the story was.

The book was fast paced and tense – I never knew what to expect next and I liked how the suspense was building as the book went on. I did think that the pacing at times was too fast, though, and the plot wasn’t as developed as it could have been. Things just kept happening with no explanation and people just seemed to disappear without ever coming back. I would have preferred a bit more development instead of some of the dialogue.

My other issue was that it seemed to need re-editing. Even though I think most books I read seem to have the odd spelling or grammatical error, Waybrooke had a lot of little mistakes, especially at the beginning. I’m pretty sure at some point near the start it switched from third person to first person to back to third person again. I hoped this wasn’t going to continue throughout the book and luckily I only noticed the odd mistake afterwards.

I feel like a fair review must touch on the things I’ve mentioned above, but then I also need to say that if I was reviewing Waybrooke purely based on entertainment, it would definitely be a five-star rating. The action was brilliant and non-stop, I didn’t get a chance to stop and breathe but I didn’t want to either. There were lots of twists and things I’d convinced myself were going to happen but never did. Even the ending surprised me, and they rarely do that these days.

I really liked the mix of characters too. Carrie was strong and caring and I did like how she wasn’t just swooning over the male attention she was getting. I loved Matt too. He was refreshing and witty and amusing. Waybrooke is just the start of a series and I was left wanting more. I’m definitely going to pick up the next book and I really am looking forward to more from this author.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

About the Author:

My name is Julia Barkey and I am sixteen years old. I write because I really can't imagine myself not doing so. Stories, characters, settings and plots are flowing through my mind almost constantly.

I currently live with my parents, my brother, and my two younger sisters in the lovely state of Michigan.

I published my first book 'Waybrooke' in August and am currently working on my next novel. I enjoy family time, playing games, crafting, and talking over coffee.

Connect with Julia: Goodreads ; Website


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  1. Thank you so much for reviewing the book, Sophie. I am so glad you liked the actual story-line and characters. I will talk to Julie about having the book edited again professionally if she had not done so already. Your input is very much appreciated and awesome. (:
    See, this is why we have great reviewers like you! So we know what needs to be tailored. Julie says to tell you thank you very much as well. (:

    1. Thanks Ryan, the plot was great, just had a few issues with the editing. And you're too kind! But thank you and you're both welcome :)

  2. Anonymous26/3/14 08:44

    Sounds like a really good read! Thank you so much for the giveaway x

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a great book!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like an interesting book!

  5. Thanks for the giveaway!!! You're great :D


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