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Not exactly what I expected...
on March 7, 2012
So when I read the description of the book and was so lucky to get a review copy, I was thrilled. I was kind of dissappointed for the following reasons: It was hard to get into the story, for I found the characters very hard to relate to. Maybe I missed it, but I didn't even know the hair colour of the female protagonist until somewhere in the middle of the book - not to speak of other features (except for her oh-so-important-tattoo), or the male protagonist. However, the villains and bad guys were described in detail. The turns in the plot were kind of silly and I kind of knew what would happen next. Also, many things aren't really described properly (especially events that are only talked about and haven't been in the book) or the characters suddenly move from A to B without any sentence that says so. For example Sarah hides behind a door, because she hears people talking behind it. Then the door is suddenly half opened so she can put her hand outside and then suddenly she stands outside and is able to look into the other character's eyes.
Sarah's love interest William is kind of shallow. He is Mr. Know-it-all and treats Sarah like she's a baby. [SPOILER]And then he doesn't even realize that the evil witch Xela changed bodies with Sarah. Now with Xela's soul inside Sarah's body, she behaves really strange and a lot different than the real Sarah. If he really loved her, wouldn't he have realized? Who wants a boyfriend like him??? .
And what happened to the ghost of Sarah's mum and aunt? They appeared somewhere in the end of the book and it sounded like they needed to be taken care of, too. But nothing happened.[/SPOILER]
However, I finished the book and there were also some reasons to like it. The idea, the whole world this books takes place in, is very interesting! Witches, Warlocks, Vampires, Demons, Half-Breeds, ghosts, shapeshifters...also the serums Sarah has to take totally caught me. The siblings, Mira and Xander, Sarah's best friend also totally rock. I can't really say why I loved them, it was just the dynamic of the two of them, the way they interacted with each other and talked.
I don't think Sarah is too old for a young adult book (she's 21). I however think, the book is meant for younger (15+) readers.