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Book Review: The Channeler by Jenna Ryan

Disclaimer: I was gifted this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recently, I had the opportunity to read The Channeler: A Future Forewarned (Continuum Series Book 1). I have a lot of thoughts about this book, but let’s start with the summary before I jump into my review.

Summary

Caleb Swift knows he’s a complicated guy. He sees the unseeable: winged beings that haunt both his dreams and his waking visions. He knows the unknowable: horrifying visions of countless unspeakable futures he feels powerless to prevent. And if that weren’t bad enough, these potent revelations might be driving him insane.

Who needs that kind of trouble?

Not Caleb. He’s doing his best to live a totally uncomplicated life, to ignore the visions of doom that hound him relentlessly. But no matter what he does, one particular vision still plagues him. The one with the girl. The girl who’s in mortal danger (or will be soon). The girl only he can save.

Now Caleb has a choice. To ignore his gift, to live the ordinary life he so desperately desires, even if it means letting her die…

Or to act. To interfere. To become extraordinary. And let one girl’s future turn his present completely upside-down.

The Channeler by Jenna Ryan

Review

Let’s start with the good. First, it’s a relatively fast read, which I always love getting the chance to enjoy. Also, I think the characters are all incredibly nice and loveable. These characters are people I could see myself getting along with.

I will say though, I had a couple of problems with this book. Mainly, it felt a bit cliché for me. The delivery of some of the lines felt a bit forced and unnatural which added to the feeling of this being a bit cliché and nothing really happens for most of the book. I also feel like the university setting was strange because the university felt like a high school, with designated lunch, assigned seating, and so on. They also went to a sorority house party and everyone got pat-down for drugs and their IDs checked, which felt sort of odd to me and it really took me out of the story.

I also thought the not really calling them angels but implying that they were angels was strange. Especially when choosing names such as Michael and Gabriel which have a lot of biblical significance. It felt like that wasn’t explored enough to me.

Overall though, I rated this a 3/5. I think this would be a really fun story but I may have not been the right reader for it. If you want to check it out for yourself, click here to get it on Amazon. You can also find the publisher here and the author’s website here.

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