Genre: YA paranormal/fantasy
Page Count: 395
Publication Date: April 26, 2010
Why I read it: ARC Tour
Cover thoughts: The cover is pretty enough, but I don't really think it has much to do with the book. I think that's pretty typical for these types of books, though.
About the author: You can find out more about Abra Ebner here.
The Plot: Some high school kids have powers. But not in a cool superhero type of way, more of a life sucks cause I have this power type. There are a couple of angels, some mind readers, a shape shifter, the kitchen sink . . . the problem with the plot is that it's never really clear what's going on, and at the same time there's too much going on. Too many things thrown in all willy nilly. And at the same time, nothing is happening. Yes, I'm being contradictory, but this book brings it out in me. For a much more in depth synopsis of the book, visit goodreads.
Characters: I didn't like a single character in this book. I can't even count how many times these characters "smirked" or looked smug. Is that supposed to be endearing? Because it's not. By the time I finished the book, I truly hated every single person in the book. If I had to be around these people in real life, I'd probably move. I also didn't really find the relationships realistic (or even the characters themselves, for that matter)
Setting: The world building here is pretty terrible. I don't understand the rules, I don't understand why or who or what or anything! It felt like the author pulled a bunch of different ideas out of the air because they sounded good, and put it all in a book.
"I thought about my dream, thought about the taste of his lips on my fingers."
"I felt smug as I puffed my chest. 'And what will this poison do?'
Max watched me with a smirk on his face."
Yes, I know. This is what the whole book is like. You can find the words smirk or smug on just about every page.
Read this if you're in the mood for: something that is similar to Twilight. The writing quality is the same, and it has the same whiny, angst-filled writing that so many people must have loved, considering the popularity of Twilight.
Continue or part ways? I don't think I'll be continuing on with this series, or looking for more by this author. We just didn't connect.