Review: The Blackfish Prophecy by Rachel Clark

Summary/Cover Image from Goodreads:
Best friends Terra and Tiluk live alongside the wild orcas of Washington State. On the other side of the continent, Miles wallows in anger and self-pity fueled by his parents' divorce. In a moment of harrowing fate, their lives converge when Miles witnesses a captive orca brutally kill his trainer at a marine amusement park.

When Miles contacts Terra and her family of whale biologists to better understand the "killer" whale, the three teens soon realize they are more linked to each other - and the whales - than they every imagined. Driven by a primal urge to connect with the highly-evolved consciousness of the orca, the teens take extraordinary risks to challenge big business and renew lost traditions.

Their journey is set to restore an ancient mystical bond between humans and whales that ultimately reveals The Blackfish Prophecy…a revelation about Terra - and those like her - that's about to change everything.

When I was first asked to read and review Rachel Clark's The Blackfish Prophecy, I instantly said yes. The story seemed exciting, and I was especially interested in learning more about the whales as well as The Blackfish Prophecy.

Unfortunately, this book wasn't for me, and because of that I ultimately gave up at around 30%.

What Didn't Work for Me: 
  1. Showing versus Telling: The Blackfish Fish Prophecy did a lot more telling than showing. In the first portion of the book I feel that almost everything was described in excessive detail - the whale sanctuary, the house Terra's family lives in, Mile's family, etc. While I love details, it got in the way here. More times than one I was left skipping paragraphs of text wondering when the action, or the "good stuff," would start. 
  2. The Characters: I think what truly held me back from enjoying The Blackfish Prophecy was the characters. I couldn't connect to them nor could I really relate, and to make things worse, I felt that they never came to "life." For the first 30% I read, they stayed incredibly one dimensional.  Yes, I was told what they were feeling, but I never "felt" it myself. 
  3. Pacing: The pacing here was slow. In the first 30%, the narrative focuses on description as well as background, and it was hard to get through. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate background and description as much as the next person, but when they start getting in the way of moving the plot forward, it hurts more than helps, in my opinion. 
What I Did Like: 
  1. The Premise: Again, I found the premise interesting, and I could see younger readers who love nature and wildlife eating this book up. 
In all, Rachel Clark's The Blackfish Prophecy was not for me. I wanted to love this book, and I really tried to enjoy it. However, the cons outweighed the pros, and because of that, I decided not to continue. As always, my opinion is one in a million. Many people have loved this book and saw something in it I couldn't. 

Grade: N/A due to not finishing 

The Blackfish Prophecy is now out! 

Source: eBook provided by publicist for review 

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  1. Sorry that this one didn't work for you! I completely understand why you had a hard time with it. I hope your next read is much better.

  2. So sorry about this one. I would have a problem based on the issues you mentioned.


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