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Spy Glass is an epic and addictive finale to the Opal Cowan series. From the first page I was hooked and I was reading it in every spare second I coulSpy Glass is an epic and addictive finale to the Opal Cowan series. From the first page I was hooked and I was reading it in every spare second I could find.
At the end of Sea Glass Opal makes a huge sacrifice for the greater good. So at the beginning of Spy Glass (which takes up where Sea Glass finishes) we see Opal trying to come to terms with her actions and the loss that she has endured. She also discovers an unexpected consequence of her sacrifice which is yet another thing she needs to decide whether or not to tell the council.
Opal is determined to be a master of her own destiny in this novel. She makes some distinctively tough choices and some of them would not find their way into a Young Adult novel in the UK. It is obvious to me after reading this why it is marketed as an adult novel here.
There are some interesting themes explored through the novel: freedom, power, corruption, love. There is also a huge emphasis on redemption and the difference between a character driven by an inner evil and one who is driven by a debilitating addiction. It is the first time I’ve seen this in a fantasy novel and it really intrigued me as a way to characterise the evil actions that one character does.
The plot of the whole series is meticulously crafted. I honestly cannot get my head around how a writer can foresee at the beginning of a series how all the subplots can tie into the main plot. It is incredible and Snyder really keeps the reader on her toes.
If you’ve had told me what would happen in the ending before I started reading the book, I wouldn’t have believed you. I wouldn’t have wanted it to happen the way it did. But then as I got more and more into Spy Glass everything I wanted at the beginning had changed and so that I did want the ending the was revealed to me.
Spy Glass is a surprising twist in the tale of Opal Cowan. I would actually love to read more from this character or at least from her world. I am going to have to go and read the Study series now because I am rather addicted to Snyder’s plotting. It is thriller meets fantasy. Gripping, mysterious and highly satisfying! ...more
Desires of the Dead is yet another compelling teen paranormal meets murder mystery from the mesmerising Kimberly Derting.
I completely lost myself in tDesires of the Dead is yet another compelling teen paranormal meets murder mystery from the mesmerising Kimberly Derting.
I completely lost myself in this book and I really didn’t want it to end. I am honestly gutted that I’ll have to wait ages for the next one.
At the beginning of Desires of the Dead Violet is still coming to terms with the events that happened at the end of The Body Finder. Both in terms of her identity as a girl who can locate dead bodies and puts them to rest but also in terms of her blossoming relationship with her best friend Jay.
Two separate events happen in Violet’s life that set this plot turning. The first is when she takes a day trip with her friend Chelsea and discovers that there is a body in a location where she can’t help it. The second is the arrival of a new family in town. Both trouble Violet in different ways and cause her to withhold her feelings from the people around her. In doing so she begins to take risks but also sets upon marking out her own destiny.
In this way Violet is very proactive in this book. She is reflecting more deeply on her ability. It starts to dawn on her that she has a choice about who to trust with her secret. Jay was steadfast and as charming as in the first book. I love the connection between Violet and Jay. Despite the fact that Violet has a gift, their relationship is believable and down to earth.
I also love that Kimberly Derting uses a stable family model in this series. Violet’s parents are a source of strength for her but they also give her further internal conflict. In Desires of the Dead Violet begins to realise that her ability puts others at risk. Thus she takes it upon herself to resolve situations alone.
An exciting new addition is the character of Rafe. I found him enigmatic and loved the whole silent, intellectual air that he exuded. I foresee that I will be quite a fan of Rafe and I can’t wait to learn more about him.
Desires of the Dead is another fantastic book by Kimberly Derting. Gripping, tense and yet heart-warming, this book is an absolute must for paranormal YA and Lisa McMann fans! Just like me...