The Waterfall Traveler Blog Tour

Hi Everyone! So as you can see, I am participating in Xpresso Blog Tour's tour for The Waterfall Traveler. They have supplied me with a copy of this book in order to provide an honest review. Please note that this has not affected my opinion in any way. 

The format of this blog post with take the following format if you are interested!
  • Giveaway information
  • Book Links
  • Book Review
  • About the Author

Giveaway Information:

The following prize is what you could win:
  • One signed copy of The Waterfall Traveler
  • A $50 Amazon Gift card
You can use the following link to enter:

This giveaway ends the 18th of May

Book Links:

Title: The Waterfall Traveler
Author: S.J. Lem
Series: The Waterfall Traveler #1
Publisher: Carpe Noctem Publishing
Publication Date: 17 April 2017
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Format: E-book
Pages: 439
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reading Timeline: 04 May 2017 - 06 May 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination- inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it's impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest - a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water - she'll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. once there, she'll not only have to confront Samuel's unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

In this tale of bravery, friendships and expected love, Ri must discover her own strength to save the men she cares for.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

This book sounds so interesting. I cannot wait to dive into. I can't wait to see how Ri reacts to different things that happen. I also can't wait to see how the story unfolds. It looks like this might be one hell of a ride. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me a copy of this book to review for the blog tour. Please note that in no way has receiving this book affected my opinion. All thoughts are my own. 

Writing Thoughts:

The story is written in first perspective and I think that in the case of this book, it made it very difficult to show rather than tell. I wasn't too bothered by the first perspective it just felt a little weird considering that a log of the books I typically read are told in third perspective. This didn't hinder on the flow of the story but it didn't make it easier either. I often felt like I was distracted by the writing which definitely slowed down my reading a lot.

Plot Thoughts:

The concept of this book was really interesting, it just took way to long to get there. It felt as if we had to get through all of the mundane and slightly extended pieces before getting to the more interesting and quick parts. 

Character Thoughts:

I didn't particularly care for the characters and I think that I has a lot to do with me rather than the author and the story. The characters are quite typical in what you find in fantasy and whilst I did think that the author played it safe with the characters in terms of the way that she portrayed them, I think she did it well.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I loved the concept but the execution just wasn't what I thought it would be. I don't think that I will continue with this series because the story didn't really make an impact on me but I did enjoy the experience and the story that the author had to tell. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me a copy of this book. 

About the Author:

S.J. Lem is a digital art directer gone writer in hopes of expanding her creative aspirations. Whether it's introducing dimensional characters, crafting imaginative worlds, or transporting readers into high-stakes adventuress he strives to deliver an immersive experience.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and son. When not writing, she enjoys pottery, gardening, and volunteering. Connecting with readers and fellow writers in one of her greatest joys.


Yours in Reading,



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