November 04, 2013

Review & Giveaway! Seeing Light by Michelle Warren

Title: Seeing Light
Author: Michelle Warren
Series: The Seraphina Parish Trilogy
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Time Travel/Romance
Published: October 10, 2013
Paperback: 400 pgs

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As the corruption of the Society intensifies and the questions surrounding her mother mount, Seraphina Parrish embarks on a journey to find Terease in the terrifying Wandering city of Nocturna. But the information she learns there only sends her team on a dangerous mission to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Delving deep into the disturbing secrets of their world, the revelations quickly unravel, revealing shocking truths about the Society and Sera’s life. In the end, power and courage clash in a mission for freedom that may shatter the Wandering world completely.

Click Here to read my review of Book 1 in this trilogy, Wanderdust

Click Here to read my review of Book 2 in this trilogy, Protecting Truth 

Let's Talk About The Cover
If you've read my past reviews on this trilogy, you'll realize that I've never been a huge fan of these particular book covers. They were always semi-cheesy and seemed really young for the content you'd get inside. But this cover changes all of that completely. I think it is stunning, poignant (once you read the book) and makes a lot of sense when you think about Sera's journey.
Looking at all three covers side by side (see below), you can see that this is the first cover where Seraphina (aka Sera) seems confident, determined and poised to take on the world on her own. Even though you can't see her face, you just know that she's ready to kick some ass!

The End of an Epic Adventure
I think what will make me the saddest about this trilogy is that all of our time travel must come to an end. One of the most fantastic (and drool-worthy) parts of these stories is the fact that Sera and all of her classmates are mandated to dress up in time-appropriate clothing and "wander" to all these different time periods that are beautifully written. Trust me. when you work all day in New York City, these books are the greatest escape! 
I can honestly say that I will miss our characters' time-traveling adventures and all the ways they should have messed with the time travel continuum but conviniently didn't, LOL

The Story
In my opinion, Seeing Light was better than Protecting Truth, but still not as good as Wanderdust. Although, it could be that Wanderdust was so new and fascinating that nothing would have ever compared. 
The story focused on Sera and her ability to get over tragedy after tragedy that has befallen her in the previous two books. She also has to deal with the fact that she has been constantly lied to by those closest to her. And on top of all that, she doesn't even know if she is actually in love with her protector, Bishop, or if that's just the way she has been programmed to feel. Her character goes through so much change and growth in this one book, that you almost want to tell her to just give up! It's so much for one person to bear! 
But Sera never gives up -- and this is what is so fantastic about her character. She continues to defy the odds by acting in ways that no one would ever think of and remaining true to herself no matter what obstacles stand in her way. When the situation seems sure to be hopeless, you'll look around and find that Sera has found the only spark of light left -- the only glimmer of hope -- and she will use that to turn the entire situation on its head. It's pretty great :)

My Only Critique
I found this novel to be the most predictable of them all. I could see what was coming before we got there and I think that bothered me more than it should have. But on the other hand, it could be that I knew what was coming because I knew Sera as a character so well. I knew how she would react in certain situations. 

This entire trilogy has been such fun to read and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a good read, a great escape, stunning visuals and a passionate heroine. 

5 out of 5 stars

About the Author

Michelle Warren is the author of the Seraphina Parrish Trilogy. She didn't travel the road to writer immediately. She spent over a decade as professional Illustrator and designer. Her artistic creativity combined with her love of science fiction, paranormal and fantasy led her to write her first YA novel, Wander Dust. Michelle loves reading and traveling to places that inspire her to create. She resides in downtown Chicago, not far from her imaginary Wandering world.

Seeing Light Book Trailer

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  1. I would like to visit George Washington. I would like to talk to and get to know, the first president of the US.

  2. Einstein! Would have a little chat with him :P

  3. If I could time travel I would like to see the crusaders or templars

  4. Well to tell the truth I think I would like to go back to the renaissance. I don't know if it would be to see just one person tho.. I would just enjoy going back to that point in time:)

  5. I would visit Anne Frank because I would want to try to save her

  6. I'd like to travel to 1848 and go to the women's rights conference in Seneca Falls. I just think it would be amazing to experience it and be around ladies (and a few men) that were ahead of their time and fighting for equality.

  7. Edgar Allan Poe. Why? Because why not? I love all things Poe and would've loved to see his work when it was first published and to just sit down and have a cup of tea with him or whatever form of drink he liked.

  8. I would love to visit Cleopatra and get the real story :) Thanks for sharing!

  9. Ben Franklin. He's fascinating. An inventor, founding father, and - did you know he was an advocate for modifying our written language, so words look more like they sound? Cool dude :)

  10. I'd like to meet my both grandfathers, because I never knew them. They both died long before I was born.

  11. I'd love to go back in time to when the library of Alexandria existed because it's always made me wonder just what was lost in the fire.

  12. I would love to go back in time and meet Rosalind Franklin. As a female genetics student, it would be amazing to meet her :)

  13. I would like to go back and meet my relatives that passed away before I was born.

  14. Oh so many I would love to meet Winston Churchill he had such a unique view on life and lived in such troubled times I think he would be fascinating and he would tell you the truth about things

  15. Oh Wow this was the prefect ending to this trilogy I love it, love how this turned out to be and I just want MORE.

  16. I would love to meet Clark Gable because I love Gone With The Wind.

  17. Some of the founding fathers because they were epic and I admire them.


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