Review: Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Why I chose this book: 
After reading the first few lines of the synopsis, I was hooked. The plot seemed super unique, and as a writer, it was a story I could semi-relate to. I am normally not one for horror or suspense, but throw in a twisted religion with a girl who cannot stop writing, I'm all yours.  I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 

Oblivion by Sasha Dawn
Publish Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: ErgmontUSA
Format: Kindle ARC
Genre: Thriller, Contemporary, Young Adult

Lisa McMann's Dead to You meets Kate Ellison's The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery. 

One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: "I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM." But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

Since that fateful night, she's been plagued by graphomania -- an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie's mind and through her pen don't seem to make sense -- until now. 

As the anniversary of Hannah's vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she's buried for so long might be her biggest mistake. (Goodreads)
5 Things You Need To Know About This Book:

1. This plot will mess with your head. 
This book was intense in ways that I was definitely not expecting. I knew that there would probably be some uncomfortable issues tagging along with the religion and kidnapping, but I didn't realize how truly dark it would be. After finishing the book, I was so tense and wound up that I wanted to take a walk in the sunshine, hug a puppy, etc., because this book got to me so hard. 

2. There was 
I don't know what it was about this book, but it just didn't feel completely polished. The dialogue felt messy; the plot seemed muddled at times. I found myself having to go back and re-read passages because I completely lost track of what was going on. This isn't a book that you can immerse yourself in and escape. It requires your attention. While at times this was completely enjoyable, this isn't what I would call an "escape" book. 

3. Long story telling ahead. 
The plot dynamics were so askew when it came to the final 100 pages. I felt that the build up of the book was unnecessarily long while little detail was left to wrapping up all the lingering questions. 

4. Twists and turns galore. 
What I really enjoyed about this book was the plot twists. I did not expect some of them at all. Sasha Dawn creates suspense fantastically, and kept me going till the very end. The character of Callie was one filled with questions and riddles that I was excited to see solved. 

5. Unrealistic details. 
There were several parts of the book that I questioned severely as I read. Callie's relationship with her therapist is borderline inappropriate, and one that would definitely not exist in reality. As a foster child, I expected there to be more involvement with the state department/foster parents, who were absent until the end of the novel. 

Final Thoughts:
I debated on giving this book three or four stars. On one hand, the story itself was super unique and thrilling, but it lacked the professionalism and attention to detail that I've come to expect in YA novels. I still suggest reading it, because the story is unique enough that it does stand out.

I gave this book three stars on Goodreads. 


  1. The premise certainly does sound interesting, but I'm getting a bit tired of books that seem more like a first or second draft, and it sounds like this might be one of those. I want tight storytelling, writing that flows, and a good pace. It's so frustrating when those things are missing, yet there's an amazing premise. So frustrating...

  2. I just finished this book and personally, I thought that it was amazing. It did have some problems, I will admit and it definitely wasn't a polished book that you could look at and go 'okay, it's all done'. I seem to be craving more in the ending because it was a fast close for a book that took over three hundred pages to convey its message.
    Though I loved the twists and turns of this novel, I am coming to find that some of these connections between different parts of the book are a little confusing to connect.
    So my question is: Can someone please write some simple flow chart that explains how everything is connected? I just don't understand the ending and what happened with her mother. At first, I thought that Talia - her mother - was her.... and then I realized that that wouldn't add up.
    I am also completely confused as to how Sasha Dawn could come up with a character like Palmer Prescott. I mean, I am a writer myself, and even when I am writing on some of my darkest days and I'm coming up with dark plotlines and story backgrounds, there's always a fine line between the way my "horrible" characters turn out and how Palmer Prescott was. Pardon my French, but he was just a fucked up dude.
    So, I apologize for such a long comment. I am just confused and wondering if anyone who has read this book could maybe make a little cheat sheet to explain as to how every little and even minute detail in Oblivion adds up. Thank you!
    BTW your site it awesome :)


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