Review: Unrequited by Truth Devour

unrequitedThe interwoven complexities of life follow Talia Jacobs across time. In spite of the endless challenges, she leverages remarkable strength of character to pursue clear-sighted goals to achieve her dreams. Talia has been witness to more than just the mystical Seven Wonders of the World. She has swum in open oceans, hiked majestic mountains, chanted with monks, shared laughter and a meal with the poor, yet in slumber the echoes of voices calling out her name haunt her. Visions appear as a graveyard of unrequited souls left in her wake, aching for her return. What has she become? All Talia desires are wrapped up in the image of a ghost. She wants to believe he exists, her soul mate, the yin to her yang. If only she believed in fairytales.

Unrequited is the second book in Truth Devour’s romance trilogy. Given that this book starts seven years after the first one left off it’s not surprising that much has happened in Talia Jacobs’ life. However it may strike readers as odd when they quickly discover that Talia is in a relationship with a man named Sebastian. In the first book, Talia wasn’t the type to settle down at all even though she had many offers. So to start the second book with her in a relationship without an explanation can be a bit jarring and some might wonder what happened to the strong female lead they fell in love with in the first book. The opening ends up playing a significant role in the rest of the book.

Her failed relationship with Sebastian leads her down a different path of her journey. This is true for most people in real life even if many can’t see it that way. The author includes paranormal aspects, more in this book, and yet Devour has to anchor Talia’s character so the reader can relate to her. Most readers have endured a bad relationship and can relate on this level.

For those who fear the author has lost the magic touch, be patient. Talia is still Talia. The main character is anything but predictable. And soon she’s off on more exciting adventures. The descriptions of exotic lands and cultures were key ingredients in the first book and are still solid in the second.

What’s exciting about this series is the author’s ability to weave such a strong character into so many delightful locations, where she meets people who change her life and she changes theirs. Some may find a few of the “life changing” scenes as contrived but if they could step back and see the author’s intent they may forgive her. Devour wants to show the beauty of this world when one is honest with everyone. Honesty is a cornerstone to the message in both books. The author’s desire to stick to her overall message could rub some the wrong way, but many others will find it beautiful and will be swept away by Talia.

The author is brave enough to forego the traditional format of a novel. Like the first in the series, this book feels more like a memoir that meanders like life. This one seemed to wander a bit more but by the end it comes together.

Once again Talia is a flawed character. She’s grown some from the previous book, but Talia still comes across as incomplete. Lost. It’s hard not to cheer for her and that will keep many readers fully engaged in her journey, even when the author leaves them with a massive cliffhanger. Please note that there are mature scenes and language in this book.

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