October 29, 2015
The Zeuorian Awakening, by Cindy Zablockis
Lexi’s no ordinary teenager. She was born with the ability to read minds and sense danger. But on her seventeenth birthday, she realized how different she was after transforming, literally that is. Now she’s developing powers stronger than a superhero. But she’s no superhero. Far from it. She has no control over her abilities and causes accidents every time she’s nervous or upset, which being a teenager is hard to avoid, especially when the most popular boys in school are fighting to be with her. If that isn’t bad enough, a stranger is following her. She doesn’t know who he is or what he wants, yet he knows all about her abilities and that she’s developing more. And… he’s her only hope of understanding why she’s changing and others are after her. What she learns will send her life into overdrive.
The Zeuorian Awakening had a lot of issues. First, like a lot of self-published books, there was a lack of editing. Missing words, incorrect tense usage, and verbosity permeated. It tried to be a kinda sci-fi, maybe paranormal romance, sorta mystery, but it doesn’t seem to rock any of those genres.
And the angst, OMG it was hard. I considered quitting this story several times due to too much melodrama. The protagonist was unlikeable and had no agency. Everything just happened to her. She was the damsel in distress who had a suite of white and black knights to protect her.
Giving this story two stars seems harsh, because fans of angst melodramas will probably like it. I’m going to assume a solid copy edit will fix a lot of issues, and I’d still be interested in reading a sequel to see what the characters and the author learned since the first book.
Cindy Zablockis is an author of paranormal, dark fantasy and horror stories. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous short story anthologies, popular magazines and many other publications. Cindy was born and raised in Southern California. She spent most of her life traveling the United States in a motorhome. Her favorite camping spots were in the California redwoods and Brookings, Oregon along Highway 101. Now she lives and writes in Austin, Texas.