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The Beholder is a tightly packed and well written fantasy story. It's quite youthful in its tone, but its content is too adult for the Young Adult genre.
I liked the male protagonist, Jason. Especially his mental battle and emotional and personal growth. Though the Insta-love bothered me a bit.
Emily is an interesting character, but I am not sure what to think of her. She seemed a little too good to be true to start, the at the end... Well I just don't know what to think.
The puzzles that still plague Jason at the end of the book were, rather annoyingly, what I wanted to know about, so I felt a little miffed about that too.
I can overlook it though, because the second Beholder book is available already.
I liked Ivan's writing, I found that with his other book too, but I don't know if I'd call this a thriller.
I noticed a couple of things:
5% - consistency issue: Jason arrived at the office in the morning for the meeting as he walked in, then worries about recounting the afternoon's events with his boss.
60% - ...saw himself as (a) character with a...
**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**