Sydelle, a skilled young weaver, has lived her whole life in the small village of Cliffton. Despite the draught raging for the last ten years it has b...moreSydelle, a skilled young weaver, has lived her whole life in the small village of Cliffton. Despite the draught raging for the last ten years it has been a safe and secure life. A life she has longed to escape. The day it starts raining, however, everything she thought she knew is put on end and she gets just what she was wishing for. The wizard, Wayland North, responsible for the rain only wants one thing as compensation; Sydelle. Together they set out on a journey towards the capital to prevent an oncoming war. But North is hiding secrets, both about himself, and about Sydelle.
Wow... I stayed up until half past seven in the morning reading this - and it was worth every lost second of sleep!
Sydelle and North's story is one I will read again and probably once more after that. They were both flawed, but very likeable. Their grudging friendship and bickering were hugely entertaining and actually had me laughing out loud several times. Even the side characters felt fleshed out and like their own persons.
The magic had its own unique twist to it, which I thought was really nice. Also the world in itself was well-developed and entirely its own.
I always have a hard time writing about books I loved and this is no exception. This might just be the most crappy review I've ever writen. I just don't know how to put into words the amount of love I have for this book! Just... Read it. Put it on top of your to-read-list and read it. You won't be disappointed.(less)
For some reason I was convinced this was set in the past, well it isn't, and I think my disappointment colored my opinion the whole time I were readin...moreFor some reason I was convinced this was set in the past, well it isn't, and I think my disappointment colored my opinion the whole time I were reading it unfortunately.
Hailey is a misfit. Friendless and shunned, both at school and at home, the only refuge she has is her four year old foster brother. She swears she'll take both of them away from her evil grandmother and the hell-hole of a town they live in, as soon as she turns 18. Then, after an incident at school where Hailey mysteriously heals a fellow student, a long lost aunt she didn't know she had shows up and with her she carries all the answers to Haileys questions and a few new questions of her own.
It was decent. I just didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I never got a good grasp on what anything looked like, or what kind of surroundings they were in. I never really cared about Hailey either. The only one I liked in the whole book was the little sweet kid Chub - and I got so angry every time he got hurt (which was a lot...!), but since they could magically heal him it didn't mattered a four year old broke his arm? Or got shot? I'm sorry I just thought she was so blasé about it! That kid will probably be scarred for life!! No matter if the injuries he sustained where healed within the hour. I'm sorry, I just... When kids got hurt I'm a freaking furie!!
Hum, I guess I got off track for a moment... Anyway, it was decent. Not great, but not bad either. 3 out of 6, but only 2 out of 5.(less)
Will probably change the rating to four stars after I've read it again. But for now, 3 stars will have to do, since it took me almost a year to finish...moreWill probably change the rating to four stars after I've read it again. But for now, 3 stars will have to do, since it took me almost a year to finish it.(less)
Poor little Ari has silver hair and teal eyes and that, my friends, makes her the freak of all freaks. She feels so freaky she drives to a town known...morePoor little Ari has silver hair and teal eyes and that, my friends, makes her the freak of all freaks. She feels so freaky she drives to a town known for its freakyness; New 2. There she mets other freaks, but no one (not even the vampire/doll/generally creepy girl with the domestic aligator (now THAT girl was actually cool!)) is still as freaky as poor little Ari with the beautiful silver hair.
Now, I have to give it to Keaton, her world building is really good! I thought she brought the city New 2 to life rather well, I could easily picture it before my eyes! However, that is one of few high points.
The romance (because there must always be a romance) was... Intense. And not in a good way. It was more along the line of the dreaded "I met you ten minutes ago and I don't know you at all, but I totally love you and want to spend the rest of my life with you, or I will drown in my tears of sorrow!". I really hate this concept with a passion!! as in HATE!! Unfortunatly it's everywhere these days, especially in the young adult section. Sigh.
And the Gods? Meh... They were petty, boring and... They didn't make any sense! Athena calling Ari "a fucking bitch", eh... COME ON! What is she, fifteen?? She has been alive for millions of years and THAT's what she calls her?? It would have made more sense if she called her a shrewd harlot or gorgon or something, anything other than bitch to be honest!
No, the book manages by a hair to earn 2 stars. The world was intresting and so was the premise and some of the minor carachters (namely the pet aligator), but the execution? Not so much.(less)