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The synopsis is mysterious. I didn't know if this was going to b
This was a confu...
This was a confusing book for me. There doesn't seem to be a focus for the plot except that Will and Scarlett were meant to be. The beginning was okay. It wasn't outstanding, but I could see a general course for the novel. Scarlett is depressed, anorexic, and self harms by denying her body's needs. However, the plot doesn't end with Will saving her and righting her life. It introduces a paranormal element with Will's abilities. This may still have worked with the plot; instead, it leads to difficulties in their relationship and a lot of drama that doesn't make much sense in hindsight. In short, despite the paranormal aspect of the book, this reads like a normal high school drama and not even a good one at that. There is the exposition and some rising action; however, I can't name a definite climax or change happening, the falling action takes forever, and there is no real sense of resolution. By the end, I was skimming pages in the hopes of finding some interesting development.
Honestly, Scarlett annoyed me for the most part. She doesn't treat herself well, and her relationships are a mess. She stays with Andy, though she isn't attracted to him anymore, if she ever was, and he's a jerk whose only purpose for being with her seems to be getting into her pants. She and Lily and best friends, but they mostly only hang around, talk about guys, and dress up. She is inexplicably drawn to Will from the start, and they're perfect for each other. I could overlook the instalove because Will's abilities pull him towards her, but the changes in his behavior after they begin dating are out of character. Normal jealousy I can understand, but Will typically has such good control over his behavior that his actions seem groundless and unbelievable.
In fact, the main characters are relatively unstable in their attitudes and motivations, they don't show much, if any, growth, and they fall flat for me. I do understand some of Scarlett's feelings at the beginning. However, I couldn't feel her emotions. It may have helped to know how close she was to her brother, but little information is given other than the circumstances of his death and a few other details. I can't get a feel for him as a person and how his loss would impact his family so severely.
With no clear sense of direction in the plot and with flat, unrelatable characters, Sacred rambles through a time of change in Scarlett's life. I say rambles because that's what it feels took place. There are no major developments in Scarlett's life after she dumps Andy and dates Will, and there are no periods of intense emotions that made me feel as though I was there with Scarlett. Overall, this book fell flat for me along with its characters. It just wasn't for me.
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Posted May 19, 2013
3.5 rating. I really enjoyed Sacred. It sure did end up a much
3.5 rating. I really enjoyed Sacred. It sure did end up a much 'deeper' read than I thought it was going to be, but that made it an even more intense story! I read this book in one sitting and can say I am definitely excited to see where book two will go.
Sacred follows Scarlett who is slowly turning into nothing, she is grasping at straws but nothing is helping her move on from her brothers death. Her father puts on a fake front, and her mother barely acknowledges her. The only comfort she is finding in life is going to the stables and riding her horse Delilah. Then she meets Will who seems to be showing up everywhere, at first she is annoyed by his presence, but eventually he will turn into the one person that can bring her back to life..but if he leaves Scarlett..she may fall completely off the ledge.
This was quite the mysterious read! Which I personally loved, I hate when books are predictable! Sacred thankfully kept my attention and kept me wondering till well past the last page. Will is so mysterious and you have no idea what he is up to, is he a vampire or something? A Ghost? Werewolf? He thankfully is not any of those things, but something completely different that if you want to find out..well you'll just have to read Sacred! Sacred kept me on the edge of my seat, I was never quite sure what was going to happen to Scarlett!
Scarlett was an unpredictable character that literally shocked me at some points while reading. I found myself so worried about her, which to me just shows what a great writer the author Elana is. It was very easy to connect to Scarlett, and really feel what she was feeling. Besides the great character to reader aspect, I also really loved Elana's imagery, I usually don't like long descriptions or detailed scenery, but Elana's were so beautiful and so easy to imagine that I found those parts of the book actually being my favorite...compared to my least favorite for a change.
ANNNDDDD last but certainly not least there was Will our love interest! I really enjoyed Will, I felt for a YA character he was very mature, he never once annoyed me or made me role my eyes at the things he said. I found him to be quite an interesting character too that kept my attention. He cared alot for Scarlett and really just wanted her to be happy. Overall he was just a great love interest and I am looking forward to seeing him and Scarlett's relationship progress in book two, Splendor!
All in all, I really enjoyed Sacred, the writing was amazing, it had great main characters, and completely captivated me till I finished the book. The only complaint I have is that normally I don't enjoy any religion references in books which this one has quite often, but that is just a personal pet peeve with me, and even with the religion talk I still really enjoyed this. If you are looking for a YA novel that is something a little different but awesome, I suggest picking up Sacred. (:
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