Rosie’s #Bookreview of #Ya #Fantasy Animo by Lisa Ann Rowe (Book one of the Sationem series)

ANIMO: BOOK ONE OF THE SATIONEM SERIESANIMO: BOOK ONE OF THE SATIONEM SERIES by Lisa Ann Rowe

3 stars

Animo is a young adult fantasy story and the first book in The Sationem Series. The world of Sationem sits behind a veil and is kept secret from humans by a careful balance of four natural elements: wind, water, fire and earth.

This is the story of Willow, a young girl from the fire element who has reached the age when her full magical talents come to fruition. However, as she goes through ‘the change’ it becomes obvious that she has been granted not one, but all four elements. This is very rare and adds to anxiety she already has because of her missing parents, a creeping sinister shift of the elements and, just recently, her brother’s disappearance. Can Willow, with the help of Blue from the wind group, take on the responsibilities of leadership of her people and help restore balance in their world?

I liked the premise of the story, but I never found that connection to the characters and the storyline which I need to escape with when I enjoy a book. For me, this story needs more work on some of its structure and writing techniques to make it believable and to lift it to the next level in this
competitive genre.

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Book description

Animo is the first book in the Sationem Series. When Willow Awakens with elemental abilities that she shouldn’t have, she unwillingly releases a necromantic witch. An elemental imbalance occurs, and she and Blue must work together to save Sationem before the human realm seeps through. A young adult fantasy novel.

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ANIMO: BOOK ONE OF THE SATIONEM SERIES by [Lisa Ann Rowe]