I received and ARC of Tigers Watch in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Julia Ember
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 3/5 stars
Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.
Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.
When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.
Tigers Watch concentrates on the concept of “inhabitator” a unique idea where an inhabitators link their souls to an animal, sharing their thoughts and life span. This unique concept is what initially drew me to the book.
The synopsis definitely doesn’t do the book justice, as it only hints at the romantic aspects of the novel and there is so much more to this story than romance.
That being said, I wish more attention had been paid to other aspects of the story other romance.
There was very little world and character building in this novel, which to me at least, is something that should be a major aspect in a first book in a series. I actually wish that the fast pace of the story could have actually been slowed down so that more attention could have been paid to each individual scene and character.
However, what I learned about the world and characters within the novel has intrigued me and I am looking forward to the second book where hopefully I will get to learn a bit more about both.
Looking forward to seeing what you guys think:)
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