- The cover, and I’ve seen this book around on blogs.
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Summary from GoodReads:
From the moment she sets foot at her new school in Ireland, Megan is inexplicably drawn to the darkly handsome Adam DeRis. But Megan soon discovers that her feelings for Adam are tied to a supernatural fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that unites them could be their ultimate destruction.
I’m really conflicted on this book – because first of all, it read like a big-time Twilight rip-off, and second of all… I was entertained by it. That entertainment means I’m not going to go all crazy in my review, because, frankly, there are quite a few reviews out there that do that for me.
However, I do want to say this – if you are an author looking to write a book to appeal to the young adult crowd, think long and hard before making an “instant” relationship happen between two teens. It’s unrealistic and it sets a really bad example and I don’t see it well received well at all in reading reviews and looking around the blogosphere (this is also in general, not just with this book – although it is guilty).
Now – I will admit I was fascinated by the magic system in this book, and aside from the relationships, everything else seemed pretty solid. The setting was fantastic, the group of friends plausible, and the writing pulled me in and kept me entertained, despite the lack of original story-line.
All that said, I cannot blame Fallon for taking inspiration from the Twilight books. They are a huge success. I think for those people who love the story, this book will be a great read for them, and for those who had some of the issues I had (the breaking of rules, the implausibility of parts of the Twilight story), you might actually enjoy this one more.
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