Thank You very much to the publisher – Hot Key Books for the review copy.
Genre: YA/ Paranormal
Release date: 30 05 2019
Price*: Kindle £3.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £5.75 (GBP)
Kindle $5.16 (USD)/ Paperback $10.92 (USD)
Pages: ~ 368
My rating: 6/10
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What I learned from this book: I learned about plants and their medicinal value.
Description of the book: Sixteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfrann, a strange isolated Irish town, a place where the earth is littered with small corpses and unspoken truths. A place where, for generations, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains. As the distance grows between the twins – as Catlin falls in love, and Madeline begins to understand her own nascent witchcraft – Madeline discovers that Ballyfrann is a place full of predators. And when Catlin falls into the gravest danger of all, Madeline must ask herself who she really is, and who she wants to be – or rather, who she might have to become to save her sister.
How this book made me feel: I have to be honest with you, I was expecting more from this novel. The blurb sounds great – mysterious, magical, the cover is absolutely stunning, but the more I read it, the more disappointed I got. 😦
The protagonist in this novel was Madeline, and the book is told from her perspective. Madeline is a very complex character, she is very introverted, lesbian, and socially awkward. Her twin sister, on the other hand, is the opposite. Catlin is the popular girl, she is extroverted, fearless and doesn’t care what others think. Madeline is very dependable on her twin sister, and her inability to function without her made me sad and kind of disappointed. I absolutely despised Catlin, she is arrogant and was very rude and disrespectful not only to her parents but to her sister as well. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Madeline as well, she allowed to be treated like she was a lowlife, and was scared to stand up for herself. I did enjoy Madeline’s discovery of whom she is really attracted to, and her effort to make friends and integrate into society.
The mood of this novel was very well set up. The whole book seeped with darkness, mystery and gloominess, and I think that created the perfect mood for the events described. The narrative was quite slow, and I was hoping for more mystery, twists and turns. I needed more suspense as well, it kind of just plodded along, sharing Madeline’s quite repetitive thoughts. There was quite a bit of magic involved, but I think the full potential of that magic was not utilized.
The writing style was very impressive, I found it incredibly poetic, very lyrical, and melodious. It was pleasant and easy to read, and the chapters were quite short. I really liked the names of each chapter, I learned a lot about the medicinal value of certain plants, that I will be using that in the future. The ending of this novel supposed to be promising, and it was quite intriguing, but again, it just made very little sense, and I would have loved a deeper digging into the history of the whole village, it’s residents and all the murders and other events that happened before.
I think this book had an amazing potential into becoming something absolutely sinister and amazing, instead, it concentrated more on the sisterly love, finding yourself and trying to be independent (and failing). Yes, it discussed teenage confusion and wish to fit in, but I was expecting more. Do give this book a go, and I hope you will like it more than I did. Enjoy! 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Deirdre Sullivan is from Galway. She has written three YA novels, Prim Improper (which was shortlisted for the Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Award 2010-11.), Improper Order and Primperfect. She has also ghostwritten three books for the Nightmare Club series under the name Annie Graves.
Website: http://deirdresullivanbooks.com / Twitter: @propermiss
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