This book has been on my Kindle in line, waiting to read, for probably a year. Yet, for some reason I just was never motivated to read it. For an odd weird reason I had assumed it was going to be a Mary Sue book about a girl who was awesome at everything and blah blah blah. It honestly took 2 pages in for me to be hooked! Let this be a lesson for me that I at times need a smack upside the head and need to give the book a few pages of attention before I decide it’s gonna be rubbish.
For those that know and love Whedon’s Buffy than I think you’d enjoy this. Evie reminds me of a young Buffy and her desire to be a bit more normal when her reality is filled with monsters, responsibility and an ache of loneliness. Thankfully White didn’t try to redo Buffy in the sense of carbon copying the cast of characters. There were more than enough differences where I felt like this was original and unique. I suppose the Buffy reference is more Evie and a few of her characteristics. It was refreshing to read a YA book where the reason for absent parents was explained and I like how Lish and Raquel tried to fill in that void.
The world that White created was fascinating and you got enough back history to have an understand but not so much where you got bored. I wanted more information and I cannot wait for the next books to give us more. I like when all the cards aren’t played out in the open.
Plot was brilliant and only near the end did I find a few flaws in how certain things were delivered, but it was so minor. It moved at a steady rate. I felt like through all the adventures and twists you really got to see growth in the characters along with understand their motives and seeing the reason for their choices and changes. I also loved how as the growth occurred there was a reason for it. It didn’t happen over night and there were facts revealed that began the change, White was subtle with how she did it but was perfect.
I already have the second book on hold at my library and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.
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