Title- The Astrologer's Daughter.
Author- Rebecca Lim.
Publish date- July 2014.
Publisher- Text Publishing.
RRP- $19.99 (AUD)
(A Brief) Synopsis:
Her mother may have warned her that it would happen one day, but when she disappears Avicenna is not willing to let fate and destiny take her the only person she has left away. Not just like that. Not without some fighting.
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Thank you to Text Publishing for this review copy!
What I thought:
During my read and upon my finishing of this, my feelings were fairly well the same:
that was fast/unexplained/didn't make sense
It didn't stop this from being a very quick read for me amid a book I just couldn't seem to get through, and it has made my reading bcome pleasantly quick once more and it wasn't ever exactly unenjoyable- it was just... confusing.
I read the first 60ish pages in one sitting and when I paused to have lunch, it just seemed like the things that happened had happened fast.
And a lot did happen- it felt like there was only really a single plot, but by the end I'd found there were at least two, maybe three or four, and, well, none of them really felt like they were properly finished. Maybe one. It was left up to the reader, I suppose, to decide how they wanted to take in the semi answers that were given, and that's not a bad thing, but here it didn't work for me. It just felt even more confusing and very unfinished. A blunt ending, going against so much of what the book had been working towards.
Avicenna Crowe, who is featured in the title, didn't make much of an impression on me, but oh the maybe-antagonist maybe-love interest did, and it was the impression that maybe, just maybe, amid the investigation into Avicenna's mother's disappearance someone would have realised he seemed like a bit of a stalker.
She hates him and I do not remember this being something she exactly hid, but she kind of gets over it as he turns up more and more, just waiting around at her street corner at 6.30 in the morning. What?
Also, from the brief wordplay glimpse we get of her, Avicenna's mother sounds like a complete ringer for Severus Snape.
So, though it felt oddly put together and there were coincidences, eyebrow raising conversations, scenes that made little sense, connections made that, also, made little sense, and things that were questioned and left unexplained, I didn't overtly dislike this story.
It wasn't wonderful and I didn't really *like* it, but... it was a pretty okay read, and it held my (occasionally mystified) attention fairly well from start to finish.