Publisher: a Crossed Arrows Title
Release Date: June 20th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rate: 3.5 stars out of 5
(This review may contain spoilers).
I’d probably give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. I really liked the blurb of this book and I thought it was a really intriguing idea… but by the end of the book, I felt I was missing a lot of the answers I should have had.
I felt that one of the strongest parts of this book was the main characters. Even though I don’t really like multiple first person POVs, I did find Melody, Tara, Sam and G. intriguing characters, though I wasn’t especially sold on the romance between Tara and G. Or Sam and Lily, for that matter. I did feel that the romances were glossed over and I would have been more interested in seeing more of the friendships formed between the four of them.
There were some good elements of paranormal aspects in this book, but I felt that the characters didn’t really have much interest in finding out what was going on. I would have liked to see a bit more in the way of urgency and even though it was interesting to see how Melody could ‘recharge’, I felt that she kept denying what was going on far too much.
I liked seeing some of the relationships the main characters had with their parents, but I did feel that a lot of the secondary characters weren’t really well-developed. There was too much information dumping and I had no real idea of the personalities of Matthew or Melody’s grandparents.
I would have liked to see more in the way of foreshadowing. While there were some things that were revealed by the end, they seemed to be just for the sake of it and I would have liked a lot more background about the Quarrel. I felt that Tara missed a lot in not asking questions… even though I thought the idea of having a collective computer-like store of information was a really cool one.
I can’t really say I have any intentions of reading the next book/s in this series, though I’d be interested if there was more character development and more in the way of realistic reactions on both the young people’s and older people’s parts.