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Posted April 9, 2013
I LOVED this book and God knows I've read enough bad ones to kno
I LOVED this book and God knows I've read enough bad ones to know the difference.
The stunning cover art of POLTERGEEKS is a promise delivered. From the intense opening scene until the spectacular climax, author Sean Cummings conjures a Teen Paranormal novel that crosses the boundaries of the heretofore stereotypical teenage girl-biased genre and ushers in a whole new perspective, one to which many of us can easily relate.
POLTERGEEKS is about teenage witch Julie Richardson and her struggle to prove herself to her mother, a powerful witch that lives apart from the local coven. When sudden poltergeist activity reaches new and terrifying levels of violence, Julie's mother is compromised and a tragic twist of irony places Julie in such a position where she must prove herself if she is to save her mother's life. Her journey becomes one of self-discovery and growth as Julie must navigate through two worlds, one of high school drama and typical teen challenges--now without her only parent there to comfort and guide, the other a breakneck pace through the spirit world of evil shades and spell-blasting immortals.
Sean Cummings captures the voice of his teenage protagonist from a surprisingly risky style, but one that pays dividends throughout. Unlike the typical, first-person POV and present tense combination found in so many titles under the Teen Paranormal heading of late, POTERGEEKS is written in a third-person past tense, making it a bit more appealing to the young male audience, as well as female. Also, the use of language is spot on with a great Star Wars motif woven throughout and a very believable teen dialect found in both conversation as well as narrative. Of course, it wouldn't be a good teen novel without a solid romance arc and Sean Cummings crafts a beautiful one that--while not exactly unexpected--teases and then delivers to satisfaction.
Overall, the only drawbacks I found in POLTERGEEKS were a few very minor grammatical/ typeset errors in the e-book version, though I suspect that is idiosyncratic to digits and not found in the actual print edition.
Highly recommended, POLTERGEEKS is an action adventure amalgam at every chapter. Righteous imagery, military precise detail, and all the wonder of the unknown wrapped into one delightful tale where the teenage witch is more than just a spell-casting chick in red hair and sparkles--she's a kick ass heroine with the moves of a ninja and the power of a Jedi, all fueled by a heart that beats fierce for the ones she loves.
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Posted October 24, 2012
Lots of potential but falls short
I've been trying for several days to write a review for this book. I added it to my list of Halloween reads because, well, it has witches and ghosts. It also came out earlier this month. The last book that I read from Strange Chemistry, Blackwood was lots of fun and full of quirk, which seems to be a staple for the publisher. I jumped in expecting a fun, spooky read (if maybe a little cheesy). Unfortunately Poltergeeks failed to deliver, even on the cheese. Of course I didn't hate everything about it or I wouldn't be giving it the two stars that I have, so let's start this off on a positive note shall we?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Marcus is not your normal heartthrob: Our main character and resident witch, Julie, starts to develop a crush throughout this book. While I was disappointed that there was a love story since I was hoping for a YA novel free of romantic entanglements for a change, I was happy that Marcus was not your stereotypical YA man candy. He is not a brooding vampire/angel/demon, he doesn't spend his weekends working on cars or tossing footballs and he isn't the adorably aloof new guy who may or may not have killed someone. Marcus spends most of his time working on science homework and getting shoved into lockers. Sure, I love large, hulking broody types just as much as the next girl, but pocket protectors can be cute too right? Well, sort of. While I was relieved that the author chose to go in a different direction with the leading man, I didn't find myself all that compelled by Marcus and I certainly won't be ordering any Team Geek t-shirts in the near future. Sorry.
Ghosts: I walked into this story thinking that it was mostly about ghosts. It turned out to be mostly about a witch. I wasn't too disappointed though, because when the ghosts were present they were done right. So good on you Sean Cummings for writing actually creepy ghosts! Ten points to Gryffindor!
Julie: Things start to go downhill quickly when you don't like the main character. This is definitely the case for Poltergeeks. Julie is supposed to be a take-charge, kick ass heroine, but to me she comes off as whiny, inconsistent and overly-aggressive. She spends half the book having an inner-dialogue about whether or not Marcus likes her, whether she should get involved with magic, how much trouble she's going to be in if she gets involved with magic, etc. It's tedious and it really distracts from the plot.
Show, don't tell: This one's pretty self explanatory. Much of the bulk of this book is Julie describing how she's feeling, what's going on or what the consequences will be if she does magic (see above). Again, this makes the story tedious and frankly made me want to put the book down about half way through.
Predictability: One of my biggest problems with this book is that I wasn't surprised by anything. Even the twist at the end I could see coming a mile away.
Overall, this book just bored me. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn't get into it. Then again, I've talked to others who really loved it so, as always, the choice is up to you, but I can't recommend it.