Great premise … but oddly passionless.
About the book:
One girl. Two worlds. Hunted in both.
Seventeen-year-old Reggie Lang is used to dealing with her alcoholic mother and fighting school bullies, but fate has thrown her a curve ball.
A biker dude shows up in her dreams, babbling about magic and a world called the Other. As the incidents keep piling up—like bringing a frog back to life in class—Reggie has to confront the mounting evidence that she’s not the normal girl she craves to be.
Reggie’s life is changing, and she has no idea why. Or whether she should believe the man in her dreams, who claims she’s in danger and that only he can keep her safe. But if there’s one thing Reggie will learn, nowhere is safe.
Review by Katy Haye:
Blah, well, I wanted to like this more than it turned out I did. The fantasy world was great, as was the magical premise. It should have hit the spot … it just didn’t.
The problem, I think, was that I didn’t fully engage with any of the characters. John was a peach – what a best friend: “You’re going somewhere dangerous and potentially deadly? Then I’m coming with you!” But there wasn’t enough of him.
The plot was a bit meandering. I wanted more drama, more urgency, more peril but I didn’t really feel like there were any great risks or stakes.
And (and feel free to call me a prude if you wish), there was sex, which was written okay, not graphic or anything, but it just felt like it was treated a bit casually, which really isn’t okay. Again, I think it’s because I wasn’t invested in the characters so I couldn’t buy their decision to have sex just because.
I’m really sorry, but my “O” book was a big old disappointment.
Katy Haye is reading (and reviewing) her way through the alphabet. Check the Paisley Piranha blog next week to see what she makes of her “P” book: Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine. When not reading, Katy writes speculative fiction for young adult readers. Her latest novel, Discord, is currently available.