I love Bryony's books--I can usually read them in a day, they're so compulsively readable. This was an excellent tale of bullying, Egyptian curses, thI love Bryony's books--I can usually read them in a day, they're so compulsively readable. This was an excellent tale of bullying, Egyptian curses, the dangers of peer pressure, and a girl who's had to harden herself to survive.
When I first came across the title and the cover combination, I thought it might be a little too melodramatic for me. But then I saw loads of awesomeWhen I first came across the title and the cover combination, I thought it might be a little too melodramatic for me. But then I saw loads of awesome reviews and so I bought it, and I have zero regrets.
This was an excellent book. Blake's writing is deft and so engaging. I thought Cas was a great character--reminded me a little of Dean from Supernatural. Self-assured but lonely, trying to do the right things but cocks it up sometimes.
This book also did an excellent job of subverting some common tropes:
1. The mother actually knows what her son gets up to and helps out when she can. They had a really easy, wonderful relationship and that's rare in YA. I love the section where Cas reads a note from his mom and because she hasn't signed it with a heart, he knows she's annoyed with him. 2. The Queen Bee was not a bitch! She was just a girl, playing a part at school that she was good at. Carmel was a great supporting character--the voice of reason and grounding when things went to hell. 3. Thomas might come across like the weak nerdy kid, but he's a powerful witch who can read minds. Booyah. 4. Anna herself was a really well-done character. I liked her and I felt for her. Her bonding with Cas was also believable and sweet yet terrifying at the same time.
The plot was great, with a nice twist I didn't quite see coming. (view spoiler)[I knew something with the demon that killed Cas' father was going to go down, but it didn't happen as I expected (hide spoiler)]
Overall, I enjoyed the hell out of this, and I'll be reading the sequel soon. Recommended!...more