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The Insomniac Reader

Books and snarky commentary inspired by insomnia induced reading marathons.



Five - Out of the Dark (Five #1)

Five: Out of the Dark - Holli Anderson

*I received this book for free from netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


I wanted to enjoy this book more. I really did. It's a fun concept. Five teenagers discover they have magic powers and live in the Seattle Underground fighting supernatural forces of evil. You can't tell me that isn't right up my alley. It's nothing new, but it's a genre I will always enjoy.


But I couldn't get past two things:

1. The writer had a tendency to tell instead of show. This often made reading some part feel like I was going through someone's grocery list.

2. The love story between Jonathan and Paige. It interrupted everything. At all times. Because Paige can't ever not think about Jonathan. Ever. Jonathan invades her thoughts like a parasite and I couldn't deal with it. A little subtlety would have been a good thing here.


Since this plans on being a series, I hope the writer smooths out these flaws, because I really think this would be an enjoyable YA series.