TJ Burns — April 9th, 2016
This was a fun read!
Ally’s character is amusing and her thought process is entertaining to follow. She has a dry wit and a wry, sarcastic sense of humor. Ally and Beth are both interesting individually and together they have an entertaining dynamic. Ally is sassy and sarcastic, while Beth is spunky and cheerful (despite her depressing upbringing).
I like how the story jumps right into the thick of things. I don’t like too much world-building first and then action later. I like it when the action pulls me in and the world-building happens along the way, which is definitely the case here.
The story starts out lighter than I expected — a teenie, high school story — but quite soon into the story the stakes are upped a notch and the intensity increases.
I really enjoyed this book. It didn’t have any whopper, blow-me-out-of-the-water surprises, but it was a fun ride. I really liked Ally’s sarcastic, sassy attitude, which she held on to even in stressful, life-threatening situations. The action scenes were not too intense — I was never really worried that any of the main characters might not make it. It had a more light, fluffy feel to it.
All in all, I had a lot of fun with this story. It may be more middle grade than young adult, as the stakes never get too high (or at least it doesn’t feel as if they do — even though, technically, the main characters are running and fighting for their lives). It’s not as intense or as heavy as a lot of the YA paranormal/fantasy books I’ve been reading lately, but maybe that’s why I’m enjoyed it so much. It’s fun (almost a cross between YA and Middle Grade — in the family of Percy Jackson). There are dangers and risks, but the tone is light.
I also loved the cover and I found the title to be especially original and creative.
Published November 23rd 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
TJ Burns Goodreads Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1584095715
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