REVIEW: Behesians by Isaiyan Morrison | Xpresso Book Tours


From tragedy comes destiny.

Cassidy is a 17-year-old girl being raised by her father in San Diego, California. Her existence is a mixed blessing, full of life but burdened with the knowledge that her mother died while giving birth to her. Her mother’s absence constantly weighs on her mind, but she trusts her loving father to protect her like he’s always done.

Until the day that she discovers the truth.

Cassidy is a Behesian – born with dark magic and the ability to do extraordinary things – and it was her mother’s parting gift to her. She’s not the only one out there and her dark gift makes her the strongest one alive. However, her father has kept her talents a secret, but not for her peace of mind. He works for The Brotherhood, a secretive organization that tracks and studies supernatural people… and his daughter is the perfect test subject.

She finally realizes the crucial decision she faces: either stay with her father, the only family she’s ever known – or join her new Behesian brethren in the ultimate fight for survival.

Behesian is a thrilling Young Adult novel about the choices we make and who we really are. Author Isaiyan Morrison crafts this compelling tale of self-discovery against a backdrop of magic, wonder and fate. Because when the true meaning of family gets lost between the lines, sometimes the only way forward… is through your heart.

About Isaiyan Morrison

A veteran of the Armed Forces, Isaiyan Morrison was born and raised in Minneapolis.
Her passions include writing, reading, and researching historical events.

She also spends her time gardening, playing video games, and hanging out with her three cats and beloved pitt bull.

She's the author of The Deamhan Chronicles and the novel, Old Farmer's Road.

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My Spoiler-Free Review

In a Nutshell: DNF at 80%, even though I could have finished this book sooner because I have so little left to read, but I just couldn't anymore. 

The characters were flat, the only one I liked was Ava, and even she got on my nerves because she was so angry all of the time! I understood why she was angry because she lost her entire family to a witch who had lost control of her powers on their home country Vian. But still, taking it out on Cassidy, who is the daughter of the witch, isn't fair. Especially when Cassidy barely knows about what it means to be a Behesian. I really could have done without all of the Darrien POV chapters, because his character was so tough all of the time; he never let his guard down, even around his friends. Milan was ok, when he wasn't with Ava. I won't spoil for what happens to him, but there were moments where I'd felt like he could have been a better character if he wasn't trying so hard to appease Ava, who was his girlfriend. 

The world-building behind the Behesians and Vian was confusing. These witch/wizard-knockoffs have specialized abilities, and clearly they got them from Vian. But why did they have them? What enemies did they have? What were they fighting for? How did Vian help support their powers, and how did Cassidy's mother destroy that? All the characters kept talking about Cassidy's mother destroying Vian, but didn't explain how or why. Yes, she had lost control, but how did it happen? The plot barely addressed that and depended too much on Cassidy's faded memories and dreams to tell the reader. 

Rating: 2/5 stars

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