Sojourner by Maria Rachel Hooley

Sojourner (Sojourner Series)


Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Moon has been dreaming of her murder her entire life, and in those dreams, a dark presence is there, watching. When she returns home to Hauser’s Landing, the very place her father disappeared, she comes in contact with a gorgeous boy named Lev Walker, and it’s not long before she’s falling in love. But there’s something wrong with Lev. When she realizes he’s the eerie watcher in her dreams, she’ll have to discover the truth. Is he a guardian angel or a sojourner, an angel of death who has come to collect her soul?


Sojourner was an interesting read. It was alright, but not amazing. It was like a lot of books I have read recently so...maybe if I had read it first I would have liked it more.

The book starts off with Elizabeth and her uncle moving back to his home town, where her mom and dad grew up. I am not sure why exactly they moved back. The uncle hates hates hates it there, and is super worried something will happen to Elizabeth since she is half Native American. Yes they need to sell the house or something, but you couldn't have done that without moving back? If it is such a horrible place you think they could have figured something else out.

Elizabeth herself is kind of stupid. On her first day at the new school she opens her locker to find someone painted half-breed in it. She just blows it off like it has to be some kind of joke. Um...okay. Then when more things happen she keeps thinking oh it is just someone playing a joke. Sure. Someone vandalized your house with horrible things and it is all some big joke.

Then she meets two new boys on day one, Griffin and Lev. Griffin is the popular guy everyone wants to be with, but Lizzie is just like stay away from me. She doesn't like him, but he doesn't give up easily. Lev, on the other hand, stays away from her, but she wants to get to know him. He is the one who has been in her dreams watching her die. So she starts to get closer to Lev and then freaks out on him like why are you in my dreams?!?! How can you be such a horrible person in my dreams, but super nice in real life?!?! Which one is real?!?! Um...real life Lev? I mean you do find out what the dreams are all about, and when you do Elizabeth freaks out on Lev and makes him feel like crap which is just ridiculous. It is like she has never made a mistake ever in her life. It is like calm it down and listen to what he is saying! Geez. She was kind of annoying. Plus she can't seem to not fall into the river, which is just odd. Somehow she gets knocked from behind and that flings her over the railing? Okay. Just go with everything.

Eventually Lev and Elizabeth work things out, but Lev is super worried someone is going to try and kill her. So what does she do? Go off by herself! Of course, I mean nothing can happen in a parking lot or in a public place! No one ever gets kidnapped or anything from public places. She is a smart one, but really I was wondering why Lev wasn't following her anyways. If I were him and were really that worried about her I would not let her out of my sight, even if she didn't want me there. Or stay in the shadows of something. It was just lame. The whole ending was a let down and when you find out who is doing all of this stuff to Elizabeth and why it was just like really? That was the best you could do? Okay. I shouldn't have expected a good explanation...overall a frustrating book, though it started off interesting.

Rating: 2/5


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