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Author: John Poulsen
Publisher: Folded Corners
Publication Date: 12/29/2014
Synopsis from Goodreads: Jesse Ballard’s life is filled with misfortune. His parents are dead, he’s been convicted of a crime, and a dark secret torments his soul. But when he’s incarcerated on a ranch for troubled teens he discovers his troubles have just begun. A Supreme Power has literally hijacked his life, bringing him to the ranch to make him the guardian of a powerful relic that was hidden away 2600 years ago when Solomon’s Temple was destroyed.
Given superhuman powers, Jesse is suddenly thrust into a strange and perilous world of supernal treasures, killers and demons—battling the dark forces who desperately seek the sacred artifact. Thinking he’s on a one man mission, Jesse is shocked to learn that Cedar Lane, a girl who seriously despises him, has spiritual gifts essential for keeping the relic safe. Without her help, he’s in jeopardy of losing not just the relic, but his life.
As Jesse unravels this secretive and dangerous world he learns the ups and downs of young love, and both the reward and peril of following his divine call.
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I desperately wanted to like this book. I really did. The synopsis/description sounded so good! But in reality, the book just didn’t live up to expectations. As a general rule, by the time I hit Chapter 5 or 6, I expect to be fully engrossed in the story. Not so with Arivaca.
Unfortunately most of the book, to me, seemed to be filled with trivial things that had nothing to do with the plot – like it was just there to waste the reader’s time until the author finally got to the point. I realize that these trivial things could well have figured into the plot lines later, I just couldn’t get past them. The book just seemed far to boring for me to even continue reading.
The plot sounded like a great plot when I read the description and it very well could be if it weren’t for the fact that the book moves so very slowly. I can only give this one star because I truly prefer fast-paced mystery/thrillers and this definitely wasn’t a fast-paced book.
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.