I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
I really wanted to enjoy this book-after all, it was free! Unfortunately, I found the plotI received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
I really wanted to enjoy this book-after all, it was free! Unfortunately, I found the plot unnecessarily complex, and the characters flat. I am not familiar with the other books in the series, so I had no preconceived notions about how Savannah was supposed to be like when I began reading. What I discovered was a 16 year old in a 21 year old's body, talking about how mature she is when all she does is whine about how she's never allowed to do things on her own and needs to be rescued constantly by the men in her life. Even with the "obstacles" she faces in the book, Savannah struck me as so much of a Mary Sue that I found it difficult to finish the book (and I read books in a matter of hours, not days).
The plot was also disappointing. I know that mysteries are supposed to provide the reader with red herrings so the ending is a surprise; however, the ending is supposed to be plausible. One sentence at the beginning of the book briefly describing an event in the past is not enough to make me happy with the twist ending.
One final thing I didn't like before I get to the good parts. If Savannah is a Sorcerer and a Witch, and witches and sorcerers are supposed to be able to recognize each other and vice versa, how is it that Savannah was unable to recognize that Tiffany was a witch? Just a thought.
Not wanting to end this review on a negative note, I enjoyed how Armstrong poked fun at the typical "villain tells all" at the end of the book theme. I also liked that she tried to include a cliffhanger at the end, despite the fact that it was ineffective and felt like it was thrown in as an afterthought. I wish I could give this book a more favorable review, but I can't. It served its purpose as guilty pleasure beach reading though....more
I thought the premise of this book was interesting. It was nice to see a paranormal book about something other than vampires, werewolves, faeries etc.I thought the premise of this book was interesting. It was nice to see a paranormal book about something other than vampires, werewolves, faeries etc. That being said, this book did not ring true to me at all. I felt like I was reading a story from a girl's point of view despite the effort the authors used to persuade me to think this was a boy's story.
This book also did a lot of showing and not telling. There are only so many times you can tell me that the protagonist is scared/happy/frustrated before I start pulling my hair out.
Another thing that bothered me was that Lena is supposed to be SO different from the other girls in the school, yet she WANTS to do all the "normal" 16 year old things? She isn't developed at all and yet I'm supposed to believe that a few "electric" kisses between Ethan and Lena mean that they're in love? I spent four hours of my life reading this 600 page monstrosity only to know nothing more about this girl except shes pretty, her hair curls when she does magic, and her boyfriend has heart attacks when he kisses her. Great strong female character.
Overall, this book could have benefited from A.)better authors and B.)not being picked up by a publishing company if it wasn't going to be torn apart by a good editor. If you have nothing to do and need a book, this will suffice. Otherwise, choose something substantial (and I don't mean substantial length)....more