Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Review: True Believers by Maria Zannini

Title: True Believers 
Author: Maria Zannini 
Genre: Sci Fi/Romance
Publisher: Carina Press 
Number of Pages: 295
*Obtained through Netgalley*

Something is killing off immortals, one by one.
Taelen Jessit is an alien emissary on a mission sanctioned by the U.S. government to search for ancient gods. His hunt leads him to a dig headed by archaeologist Rachel Cruz. When his military entourage forces Rachel's team out of the cave they were exploring, a flash flood hits the riverbed and threatens to tear them through the ravine. In the aftermath of the flood, Taelen witnesses the incredible healing of Rachel's broken ankle and believes his gods have blessed her. He is inexplicably drawn to her, and she to him. What Taelen doesn't know is that Rachel is Nephilim—a descendant of the gods his people worship—masquerading as a human to find the god-killer and destroy it. Rachel needs help to bring down the tech that is manipulating the Earth's magnetosphere and frying her people alive. She's given Taelen her heart, but can she trust him with her secret? (from Goodreads)

I found True Believers while scouring Netgalley one night, and while the world building in this book was beautifully done, and the action was non-stop, the writing was good, but I just couldn't get into this book as much as I wanted to and it ended up being a dnf. One of the problems I had with it was that I just didn't buy into the romance between Rachel and Taelen. Both were likable characters, but Rachel went from being really attracted to the guy on her dig into suddenly being attracted to Jessit.  Then it seems like she just dumps her attraction to the human guy because it appears that Jessit shares the same alien genetics that she does.

It also didn't help that in the beginning there were a lot of characters and sub-plots introduced. I'm sure that everything fleshed itself out in the end, but for me it was too much at once, and had a hard time concentrating on it in e-book format. For instance, when the government takes her as prisoner after rescuing her after making her leave the cave she was in for the dig, then gives her as a gift to Jessit was when I really had a hard time reading any further. I know it's a sci fi/romantic suspense book, but I just had trouble suspending disbelief. When Jessit got a vision from Rachels immortal father is when I stopped reading.  It was just too much for me. I felt like this book was trying to merge between too many different genres: fantasy, sci fi, romance and religion-but that's just me.

If you are looking for something that is a little different then look no further then True Believers, but for me, it was just a bit too different from the genres I normally read. I really hate marking a book as did not finish, but sadly this book was a dnf for me.