Today I am sharing my review for Everealm by J.D. Wright…
Author: J.D. Wright
Genre: New Adult • Fantasy
Breestlin cannot escape her destiny to become ruler of her father’s kingdom, but she never planned to become queen at twenty-three years of age. Upon the return of her first love, Rowan, Bree must quickly learn how to adapt to both her new responsibilities as a ruler and her inability to suppress her feelings for Rowan. To make matters more difficult, her outcast uncle, Silas, will stop at nothing to get what he desires, putting lives and the kingdom in danger. Bree must seek the assistance of the wizard, Dagan, who in a twist of fate discovers much more about his family (and himself) than he could ever imagine in this steamy love story, full of mystery and romance…
Danger awaits, as we journey through Everealm, the first book of the Everealm Series.
Adult content. Intended for mature audiences.
When I requested this book, I was under the assumption that it was a young adult book, however this is very much a NEW ADULT book. I want to make that stipulation because while I was reading it, I thought I was reading a YA book, so I had a hang up about the graphic sex scenes in a book targeted towards teens. I thought it was too much for the YA audience. Since this book was actually intended for a New Adult audience, I feel a little better about it. To be fair, the author put a warning on the book description that Everealm includes adult content & that it is intended for a mature audience. She in no way hides that there is mature content in this book. I wish books could be classified better on Goodreads instead of having readers tag books in genres. I think it creates a lot of confusion.
The writing in Everealm was on the basic side. I think there is a lot of room for development & polishing. Everealm is told in third person omniscient point of view (POV), which can be a very hit or miss. In this case, it made the book feel jarring with all the POV switches. Because of the alternating perspectives, we didn’t get enough character development for any particular character. This made it very hard to connect with any of the characters, or become invested in their stories. I think the author should have focused on Bree & Dagan’s perspectives and made this a dual perspective book. I wanted a lot more development in Bree’s character in particular, and was expecting more of a coming-of-age story as she settled into her new role as queen. Even Dagan & his story could have really enhanced this plot, but again, the focus is more on his budding romance.
The plot line in Everrealm is very much about the characters & their romantic relationships. Not a lot actually happens in the book. To be honest, Everealm felt more like an erotica book more than a new adult fantasy book. While I am not opposed to sex or romance in books, it was far too central to this plot line for a “fantasy” book in my opinion. Overall, Everealm was a flat read for me. I would have liked to see more polished writing, a more complex plot line with historical context, more world building, political intrigue, and more action.
*Big thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
J.D. Wright is a military wife, mother of four, and author of paranormal and fantasy romance books filled with strong-willed heroines, swoon-worthy heroes, and sprinkled with humor and adventure. J.D. creates artistry in many ways, as a baker and cake artist by day and author by night. You can usually find her typing away at the computer or covered in frosting.
Since discovering she has a knack for writing, J.D. has so far written and self-published eight books of the Everealm and Songs of Everealm Series and is now venturing into the world of paranormal with her new superhero-themed series. She is an avid reader and lover of all things romance so she always includes a good love story in her paranormal and fantasy novels.
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