It’s hard to review this book, it really is. Suicide is not something to be taken lightly, and it is also something very hard to grasp. Something thatIt’s hard to review this book, it really is. Suicide is not something to be taken lightly, and it is also something very hard to grasp. Something that we usually tiptoe around, nobody wants to be that close to death. Ever. What makes it so shocking is to wonder: What can drive a person to such an ending? Why is it that they couldn’t see beyond their current situations, and why did they thought they had nothing left to loose.
It was especially hard for me to read this because I’ve been in this sort of situation, think of me as Vanessa [If you have read the book] if not, well, you need to read it, you really do. Everything was so real, and I actually thought I was going to have trouble keeping up with the writing style, but no, it was really easy to follow and to get into it.
Impulse shows the life of mainly three teens, though there are more people interned in Aspen Springs and you get to catch a glimpse of them. Impulse really shows this: Some people will make it. Others won’t. In school, in a marathon, in life, in anything you can think about. Some people aren’t strong enough. Some people don’t want to fight anymore. They all act on their Impulse.
A strong story that comes with stronger decisions. If you’ve read titles such as Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma or Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Impulse is a must-be in your shelf
The name Laurie Faria Solarz is pretty known in the writing world, she is the author of the popular series of Blue is for Nightmares – which is in myThe name Laurie Faria Solarz is pretty known in the writing world, she is the author of the popular series of Blue is for Nightmares – which is in my to-read pile – and the Touch Series – which I LOVE! – so when I saw this book the other day, I just felt like it was calling me. The cover seemed so enigmatic, and once I saw whom it was from, I knew I was in for a treat! How wrong I was.
The plot is very interesting, and mysterious. I almost thought I was in for a CSI thing or something. A Zomigod thing. Narrating a story from different points of view is difficult and not easy to pull off properly. This story was not narrated from 2 or 3 characters, it was narrated by 10 characters. This is a big challenge, knowing that the author was fearless enough to go for it, made the book seem that much more appealing. Multiple narrates sometimes do work best for the story. But for this book it was a total failure. It jumped from one story to the next with no real order. No story ever actually reached a conclusion, only leaving an annoying trail of unanswered questions.
Also, the stories where supposed to be connected? Like really connected? Because that did not happen. Like I said, it just jumped from one story to the next one with only really small and unimportant 'connections'. If it was because they all bleed, the wooooow, that was deep. It's not like every single animal and human being on this planet share that in common. Deep.
The novel sort of/ kind of has a happy ending, but everything was left really opened, and I felt too confused, which made it difficult for me to enjoy this novel. The whole book left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. The only stories I liked were the first one and the last one – which are sort of the same.
Oh and also, I can't help but think that there really was something meaningful behind the random weird stories and that I missed it - which is something that really bothers me, but no, I really couldn't find a deep connection to this story.
I’m giving this book 2 stars, which means OK. But it is not an OK-glass-of-water-half-full, It’s an OK-glass-of-water-half-empty. You get the idea.
All in all, I wouldn’t recommend it. Not because I hated it, but If you picked it from my shelf I’d shrug and say "borrow it if you want, keep it if you understand it". Not Wow-ed. Not nothing really… u_u
Kate lives a normal life, or well, as normal as life can get considering she is a Witch – Yeah, not so normal, limited friends, and a few rude words along the school hallways – So when mysterious new guy Jared enters her school, and strange things start to happen, she is immediately drawn to him. After all, if it appears they share powers, why not befriend him?
But who said Jarrod wanted a friend? A friend with powers? Or that he had any powers? Maybe its only a curse… Jarrod is the kind of guy that has trouble facing the in-crowd, insecure of himself and skeptical of Kate’s “magic” and all the world she lives in. But a terrible accident makes Jarred realize: he needs Kate.
And somewhere between the curse and needing Kate, they end up way, way, way back in the past, trying to locate Jared’s ancestors and eliminate the curse from its root. For this, Jarrod and Kate pretend to be brothers but, nothing ever goes as planned, does it? So they end up pretending they are married. Though not everything is honeymoons and sunshine. There’s a Crow, that can’t seem to keep his eyes off both of them – or is it just Kate?- and the Crow has very human eyes – Oh-oh. It seems our Little Kate is in Big trouble. Turns out Creepy Crow is really a Creepy Man, more like a Creepy Wizard, that wants something more that Kate’s company. He kidnaps her. Hold her hostage in his tower. And Jarrod? Week, helpless… semi-loser Jarrod. What can he do? Train, he learns to use a sword, builds up some good muscle, and some attitude. Kate’s Knight in Shining Armor. What to do think happens next?
I found Old Magic a wonderful book, I loved being taken to the past and finding old mysteries, old traditions some disgusting - like eating without a fork or showering once a month – and others simply hilarious – worse that showering once a month, showering with the guy who pretends to be your husband ^^ - a story filled with old magic and adventures, and a dreadful possibility that, when changing the past, they will change the future, but not in the way they expected. Or worst, never be able to come back.
Old Magic is a must read to anyone who enjoys an evil witch – or wizard – an in-trouble princes – Kate – and a charming prince –Jarrod. . . later on in the book of course xD – I can only describe Old Magic in one word: Enchanting...