Genesisby Aurelia Haslboeck
Series: The Journeys of John and Julia #1
Published on June 29, 2012 by Rigler Creative Solutions
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Secretly guided by a magical collective of superbeings called The Twenty-Two, a seemingly mismatched pair of teens deal with the aftermath of divorce, loss, and their conflicted feelings for each other. Little do they know that they have also cracked open the door to another reality—and unwittingly awakened the sleeping beast of their nemesis-to-be, the beyond evil Niem Vidalgo Oten.
I struggled to read this book. First off, the constant POV changes without labels was very confusing. It pulled me away from the story and I kept putting the book down instead of pushing through each sitting. The confusion of the POV changes made it hard for me to really get into the book, and the beginning is very slow.
The characters, in my opinion, didn’t flow well together either. First, there’s the Twenty-Two (which I didn’t think would have such a big part in the novel when I read the back cover blurb). They’re a mix of people but I found the dialogue somewhat stilted between them. Julia flat-out annoyed me. She’s thirteen and thinks she’s all that. I couldn’t stand her. John was more tolerable and down to earth. He was the only character I could stand.
The Journeys of John and Julia may be better suited for fans of MG novels and the supernatural. I found it confusing, repetitive to the point of boring, and filled with characters I couldn’t connect to. It wasn’t for me but again, perhaps a younger audience closer in age to the protagonists.