I was not quite sure what to expect from this book. I settled on half family drama, half fantasy witch story, and that was not too far fetched.
Oddly eI was not quite sure what to expect from this book. I settled on half family drama, half fantasy witch story, and that was not too far fetched.
Oddly enough, I hated the beginning of the book - finding Maggie, the main female character, as part of some obscure cult. I also felt an instant animosity for her partner, the group's leader, making me hope at once that she would break up with him soon and leave Woodhaven. The only other part of the book that bothered me was the exorcism, which really was anticlimactic, as Eve so accurately observed.
But, other than that, I loved reading about the return and reunion of Maggie and her sisters in their home town Dark Root, which each of them left for different reasons several years ago. The witch angle of the story (Magick) was always present, but subtle and not overdone. Maggie is not another kick-ass heroine, but a young woman struggling with her life, which made her a recognizable and likeable character. Though the romantic relationships were a bit predictable, their development was entertaining and completed the story while not taking the main focus.
That is exactly one of the book's strengths: it takes it's time to develop instead of rushing it, and the quiet parts are the strongest. The story lingers at the right places just long enough to point out the details, but avoids getting distracted. If I had to find some adjective to describe my perception of the author's writing and my feelings while reading it, it would be relaxed and comfortable.
Another noteworthy feature is the alternation between Maggie's flashbacks to her childhood and the ongoing present action. Each flashback helps Maggie to better understand and face present events, while preparing the reader with necessary background knowledge for the next chapter. Revealing Maggie's background piece by piece instead of in one large chunk keeps the reader from figuring out too much too early. It also makes it easier to digest all information and avoid missing or forgetting details which become important at a later time.
To top things off, each chapter is entitled after a song, and though I did not know all of them (but looked up several), it was nice to hear them as mental background music while reading.
Thumbs up to the author for a unique and captivating story.
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)...more
While the author created some new and fascinating ideas, unfortunately the story is hampered by its bad writing. There are just too many spelling erroWhile the author created some new and fascinating ideas, unfortunately the story is hampered by its bad writing. There are just too many spelling errors, missing or inaccurate words to make reading anything but a strenuous process, like wading through swampy and stony stagnant water instead of flowing smoothly with the current.
There were misspellings like quiet instead of quite, portion instead of potion, also mixed up prepositions (her instead of his or the other way round) or simply missing words leaving sentences incomplete. While I understand that an editor is not always available, I would have thought that subjecting a book to proofreading and spell-checking shouldn't be much of a problem.
The one thing I liked about the book was the concept of the humeleons, shifters that can change their ethnic appearance. While I did not much favor the language or attitude of the characters, I understand that it may be fitting for a young adult book - I guess I'm just too old to find that style attractive.
I hope the author will work on her writing skills and prepare the sequel more thoroughly before publishing, then she may well be on the right path....more