Praefatio (Praefatio #1)
Published: 21st May, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Age: Young Adult
From: Chapter by Chapter
Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway…
After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her family from worry over her safety.
Authorities believe that Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth. Grace’s claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true?
Praefatio is Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love and losing everything but her faith. When it’s sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt police officers, eager doctors and accusing journalists, against one girl with nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?
What I liked: This book starts off in an interesting place, and though at first it is a little confusing on trying to determine what is going on (what’s taking place in present time, what’s a flashback, etc.) after a bit I was able to figure out what was what. This thing about this story was that it wasn’t completely predictable and a few parts managed to not be what I expected. Some parts were predictable, but that was more on the fact I didn’t think they could have gone a different way (especially the parts talked about in the summary). While the story did manage to keep my attention and make me wonder what was going on, there were times I had to stop to try and make sense of everything that was going on. I think my favorite character was Remiel, Grace’s brother. I liked Remiel a lot, but I did like Grace a lot as well because of her personality.
What I didn’t like: The cliches. Good girl who can do no wrong falls for the bad boy who looks they can’t do anything wrong, and even if he doesn’t treat her all that great she thinks deep down he’s a good person. That, and the whole “chosen one” aspect. I just don’t get how the fate of everything (sometimes literally the entire planet) can rest on the shoulders of a single person. It just seems too….unrealistic, for that much to be relied upon one person. Also, it seemed like Remiel had a huge shift in character because it seemed like he went from ordinary to the side of the enemies of Grace very quickly. An act? Truth? I don’t know if he really did.
Overall Review: While I did have a few problems with the story myself, I like how the title of the story works into the book. It’s a preface to the story that is to come with the later books, showing what has happened to set everything up for future books. For the most part I stayed interested though had to take some breaks to understand and figure out parts. Grace was a good main character and had a personality that I enjoyed for the most part.
Recommend?: If you think you’ll like the book I suggest you try it out. It was good, for the most part!
My Rating: 3.5/5
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About the Author
Georgia loves a good story. Whether it’s writing her own, or publishing someone else’s, story is at the heart of everything Georgia does. Founder of Month9Books, YALITCHAT.ORG and the weekly #yalitchat on Twitter, Georgia spends most of her days writing, editing, or talking about books. That is, of course, when she is not blasting really loud music or reading. She lives in North Carolina with four dogs, a frog, a parrot, 2 kids, parents and a husband. PRAEFATIO is her first novel.
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