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Title: The Silent Bluebird
Author: Elle M. Holmes
Publisher: Independently Published
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Taken from Goodreads
The stories we read have the power to change our lives.
Sadie Smith lives an ordinary life, unlike the extraordinary ones of the characters in the books where she finds an escape. She dives into her stories with wanton abandon.
Until one story changes it all.
The story of the impetuous Killian Quinn: an agent for the Zeta Defense Agency, determined to avenge his fallen partner. As she follows him further down the rabbit hole, worlds collide when she awakens with her hands tied to a chair in the face of armed men. Sadie finds herself dropped in the middle of a battle between secret agencies she didn’t even know existed, but maybe where she’s belonged all along.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when heading into The Silent Bluebird, as this is Elle M. Holmes debut novel. But I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. While I did give it 3 stars, it was very nearly 4.
The Silent Bluebird follows Sadie, a curator at the Smithsonian, as she becomes embroiled in a secret agency. I liked Sadie as main character and found her to be realistic; she had no clue what was going on and just went with the flow. I also liked how she didn’t do anything stupid or dramatic when she found out about the agency; it was all very measured. The other main character, Killian, was a character that I grew to like the longer that the book carried on. To start with, I found him to be very annoying and didn’t really feel there was much to his personality. But the more that I read, the more that I became intrigued with his Pov’s. I look forward to seeing what developments are going to be made in the sequel’s, especially in their relationship.
I found the plot became more intriguing the further into the book that I got. To start with, I thought that it was going to be one dimensional, without any little sub-plots. But the further we got in the more outside information that we got. One thing that I would have loved was even more information about the side characters, as I felt like there were bits of information missing that would have enhanced my reading experience. It did feel like the side characters were undeveloped, and I think that by adding this extra information, they would feel more well rounded.
I would have also liked to have had a bit more of an explanation behind the powers/secret agency. I think that the world-building could have been a bit more in-depth, as even though it repeatedly mentioned that it is set in Washington DC, I didn’t really understand the setting because I have never been to the US. It would have been nice to have got a bigger description of the setting, and the buildings as I felt it was lacking. I think that this would have enhanced my reading experience and allowed me to feel more invested in the series.
I think this contributed to the beginning of the story feeling very slow for me. The beginning did feel very stop-start, and it took me quite a while to get into the story. But I think the things I’ve mentioned above could have helped me get into the story a bit quicker.
Overall, I enjoyed The Silent Bluebird and am looking forward to the release of the sequel in 2021 and can’t wait to find out what is going to happen to Sadie next.
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