Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Exiled - RaShelle Workman

Title: Exiled
Author: Rashelle Workman

Exiled is about a sixteen year old queen to be Princess Venus as she is framed for the murder of her disappeared family. She is exiled to earth and her ‘Formytian’ which is basically a bodyguard, Zaren makes sure that she reaches earth safely and continues to protect her once they get to earth but she has a week to live in earth since the atmosphere slowly deteriorates her body. Before she can return Kelari, which is her home planet the gods have decreed that she must help a human, Michael find his soul mate.


I first came across this book on a website called Wattpad and I can say I was seriously blown away, I mean look at it the cover was absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. So starting this book I really wanted to love the book as much as I loved the cover.

This book is unique to say the least; it’s not about vampires, werewolves or any other supernatural creatures. Just refreshingly alien. The plot line was brilliant, I loved the idea of an over pampered alien princess being sent to earth and struggling to survive.

First problem I had with the book was the narrating style, it was bit unconnected. I felt like I was being jerked around from one mind to another but soon enough I got into the multiple points of view. I loved Workman’s world creation; Kelari seemed like an interesting world. I especially loved the way their world is slowly developed over the course of the book and the way they become immortal is amazing. Their gods, Ith and Aetha were really interesting as well. Their roles in Kelari and the Kelarians past, present and future were intriguing, and I loved how they introduces mythology to a Sci-Fi book. The idea of the boots was also pure genius.

Venus, despite being an alien princess was much like any other teen stubborn, blunt and overbearing at times but I found her confusion and cluelessness about love quite endearing. She is fearless and tough but also has a very beautiful heart which made her more appealing as a character.

Another aspect that I thought was really well done was how Venus reacted on Earth. Her body’s reactions to the atmosphere and her reaction to the new things she was observing was incredibly realistic, but equally I was confused by how much the aliens knew of the American culture. Coming from someone who has changed culture before a little ‘Earth studies’ should not familiarize that much with the American culture.

The other main character is Zaren, he is by far my favourite character in this book. He is the mentor, the lover and the perfect protector all in one. Two of which Venus recognizes. He goes above and beyond the call of duty to protect her and does not take advantage of her inability to understand the kind of love between a man and a woman but I was a bit disappointed that his character was not developed as much as Michael’s.

The last main character in the book is Michael. The first human they find after landing and the one whose soul mate Venus has to find. Michael for me was a bit of a contradiction at the beginning of the book I sympathized with him, I even bought into the tragic hero theme but he sometimes got on my nerves. His thoughts seemed a bit shallow and cocky. I am not a fan of the love triangle in book either I felt like there was no winner. Venus seemed to bounce between Michael and Zaren not deciding if she was interested in either however far from criticizing this, I think it added to the realism of the book. Being a teenager I can relate to having more than one crush at a time.

The thing I loved the most about this book was the villain. Vinny is the stereotypical villain with an ego the size of Venus and a boss he sucks up to. He reminded me of the crazy scientist who hides in the lab while creating havoc for the heroes. He is ordered to kill Venus but cannot directly but who needs to kill directly when you have a bunch of teenagers under your thumb. I must say I really love his character build and Workman did an excellent job of making us truly despise him when he graphically kills the family. The scene was so gory, I loved it but I think that part should be censored for anyone who is under 14.

So here comes the verdict

This one is hard to rate there were numerous things I loved about it but equally there were things that truly annoyed me. I found at times my attention wondered a bit more than I would have liked.

I give this book 3 out of 5 because Workman has created an intriguing and incredibly intricate alien-world that I found to be a pleasure to read about.

Product details
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 684 KB
Print Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Polished Pen Press; 1 edition (2 Oct 2011)
Language: English
Author's Website: www.rashelleworkman.com

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