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Alyzon Whitestarr by Isobelle Carmody
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Dec 08, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: written-by-women

The positive: The main conceit of the book is that Alyzon (!) gets hit on the head, spends a month in a coma, and wakes up with the ability to smell people's intentions and feelings and essences and the like. I thought that was an intriguing and stellar idea, and enjoyed pretty much the first half of the book, where she's sort of trying to figure out how these new senses work, and what the smells mean, and such.

The negative: The "action" of the book was trite and boring -- fighting an ancient evil cult that they call the sickness. Blugh. Poorly written and not very interesting. Also, I'm sorry, but what a terrible name.

The summary: I loved the extended senses bits, but the rest of the book frankly bored me.
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