Book Review: The Watcher Academy -S. K. Gregory

Okay, I confess that I purchased this book simply because of the cover. The image made me smile and I thought the book would be humorous. The blurb sounded interesting and… was I disappointed?

Yes and no. The story was amusing and the character was a bit charming. There were really enjoyable elements and the ending wasn’t quite what I expected. I don’t want to give anything away, but I finished with, ‘not how I thought things would finish.’ And this was a disappointment. The book did have a satisfying conclusion, but you know there’s more to the story, so it naturally leads to the next in the series. However, the book does not have a cliff hanger. (I really don’t like those because it feels like lazy writing to me. Not a criticism to the author, but because a cliff hanger is a ply to make the reader buy the next book. This doesn’t work on me.) So back to The Watcher Academy. I found the main character a bit intriguing and the relationships she’s building a nice feature.

I was disappointed by some aspects of the writing where it felt like the story could have been developed more. The relationship the main character has with her roommate doesn’t really have a purpose. The two don’t get along, but there’s no connection to the overall story. There were a few other relationships the main character has where I wondered, what’s the purpose of this and had hoped the author would have developed them more. The book is the first in a series, so perhaps there will be development, but it’s hard to tell. I’m considering reading the next book to find out, so I’ll keep you posted if I do.

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