An Utter Failure | Cyn’s Review of Insight (Insight, #1)

By: Cynthia Ayala

A novel that fails as it weaves a highly convoluted plot line without captivating characters that have little no personalities despite the potential of the concept within the novel.  Read on for the full review.


Author: Jamie Magee

Published: July 20, 2010


Series: Insight

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal Romance

Before that fateful summer night, Willow had balanced the insight of emotion, and the vivid images. That night, the figure in her nightmare marked her wrist with a star, giving her father no choice but to tell Willow a family secret that would abruptly change life, as she knew it, forever. Before Willow had time to absorb the shock of her father’s secret, her soul mate that had shared every stunning dream with her, found her, and darkness captured her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. In the end, Willow discovers that at the moment of our birth we are all given a divine gift.

By far the most interesting synopsis written that will lead readers to believe that this will be an exciting plot, however upon reading, the reader will find themselves incredibly disappointed. This novel failed in almost every way possible, from characterization to plot line and story details.

A self-published novel by Jamie Magee, Magee published the novel on July 20 in 2010 via This is the first novel in her insight series that tries to delve into the fantasy genre within the young adult section of fiction, while at the same time adding in an aspect of paranormal romance. But the end result of the novel, was a disaster.

Willow is a half developed character who is has a remarkable gift that people like her call insight. She has the power to travel between dimensions and calm the emotions of those who are in need of her. Soon, as nightmares start to plague her, the vision of a man who strips her of her powers and is seemingly obsessed with her. In that instant, Magee uses that to hook the reader, invoking a sense of mystery for the reader, but as the novel progress, the mystery is stripped away, forgotten, blinded by all the needless details in the novel.

There comes a point where the novel itself begins to circle. The characters are dull, they bring nothing new to the table, which harms the romantic aspect of the novel. Magee establishes that Landen and Willow are each other’s true loves, each other’s soul mates, connected between dimensions, but the reader feel nothing for their characters. The dynamic between them is lackluster. There is no build, no detailed description of their love, the intensity of their emotions. It’s a very two-dimensional representation of true love, offering nothing to the readers.

The two-dimensionality is not exclusive to the main characters, it’s an overall problem throughout the entire novel surrounding each character. It also resonates to the story, making it an extremely dull read. The chapters are filled with needless detail that slow down the plot and the progression of the novel. Much of the detail was superfluous and it reached a point where the plot points within the chapters began to circle.

This was a disaster to read and will give readers a struggle, especially for those who cannot leave a book half-finished. ★★☆☆☆ (D-)

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