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10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.
An AWESOME Read!
What I really love about this novel is that Blodgett keeps the story fresh and original-I've never read anything like it-and she maintains an almost archaic tone throughout the prose and dialogue, never straying into modernization or slang, which I've noted a lot of authors do accidentally when trying to write a novel from another time period. It is obvious that Blodgett has put a lot of time and love into this novel, perfecting the language and causing the reader to transport to another world entirely, becoming lost within the pages of this epic novel.
Although the story takes place in the future and is superior in terms of technological advances (a sort of steampunk novel), the society seems to have backtracked as well, at least in terms of language, giving it a historical feel while at the same time lending itself to both the paranormal and fantasy genre. I thought it was ingenious that 19 states in the USA are kingdoms within themselves, set inside a sphere, as the outside air is tainted and savages roam the land. Although the background concerning the Guardians/Evil Ones is not fully disclosed, including how the divide between the sphere and the outside world truly came to be, the story will maintain reader interest through the constant action and fascinating love triangle of sorts-and the sequel is set up to answer any ensuing questions one might have.
While more of a romance story than that of suspense, Blodgett still captures the reader and creates suspense in terms of character actions, withholding key information until the perfect time to drop it upon the reader. On more than one occasion I found myself fretting for Clara, the kindhearted princess subjected to abuse from Queen Ada and her betrothed, Prince Frederic. These two characters set my teeth on edge and their interactions within the novel made me cringe. Yet, juxtaposed with these two evil characters is a cast of dashing young men forever at the aide of Clara, and I honestly cannot pick a favorite. I think I switched loyalties at least five times within the novel, constantly going back and forth between the characters as new information was provided. And as of yet, I still haven't decided where my loyalties lie!
Blodgett does not end her novel hanging by a thread, but she does leave it open for a sequel, for which I am very excited, as there are new mysteries waiting to be solved. I cannot wait to find out who Clara chooses and how the Guardians/Evil Ones come into play, forever changing the earth. This novel, set to release June 16th, is completely different and a truly wonderful read that you won't want to miss! Four stars!
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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
Good, but not great. I am very grateful to both the author and
I am very grateful to both the author and B&N for making this book available for free. It was a good read and had me enthralled for the first 400 pages. Unfortunately, as the plot develops, some of the characters become weaker as their personal...
I am very grateful to both the author and B&N for making this book available for free. It was a good read and had me enthralled for the first 400 pages. Unfortunately, as the plot develops, some of the characters become weaker as their personalities become inconsistent. Some characters could have been developed more thoroughly and the story seemed to have a whole lot of events happen all at once in order to wrap up the book. It is almost as if the author realized that the book might be getting too long and instead of making a series of climatic and interesting events take place, she decided to just throw them all together and rush to a finish.
Overall, the book was decent and I am glad that I read it.
posted by 7858211 on December 21, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2013
I fear the prose and dialogue are both too stilted and ridiculous to bear. Alas, having reached only the page fifty-one, I find I must lay me down upon my fainting couch and rest my weary sensibilities, my reader's heart and mind unrequited and dissatisfied.
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Posted June 15, 2013
I TRIED to read this book????I THINK i got to like pages 10 and i was like this is stupid and totally boring id would have rather cut my nipples off....that would have hurt...lolim jk but it really was bpring and stupid
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Posted August 20, 2012
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