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I'll be honest - I almost didn't make it through the book. I found the first half or so a little slow, and the narrative was never close enough to Summer's perspective to make me happy. I wanted to be more in her mind so it wouldn't feel like a distant adult narrator simply summarizing what's happened to a kid. And I found Summer kind of annoying. But I'd read so many positive reviews that I figured why not spend 99 cents and see where the book takes me?
And I'm glad I did! The story picks up in the end in really interesting ways that force the characters to grow and change. And without giving away anything, let me tell you that book 1.5 and book 2 get even better. Everything that bothered me in the first few chapters of Dark Summer either improved or played out in a way that revealed it as an absolutely essential part of the story and the characters' development. I look forward to reading the next book when it comes out in 2013, and I intend to reread the series down the road.
On its own, this book might be more of a 4. But as the first part of the series that follows, I give it a 5.
First, there are gaps in the descriptive flow of the story. A character will be in one place doing something that should involve speaking and description, but doesn't. To give a better idea of this, let's say that someone went to check the mail, found a letter from the post office that asked the recipient to pick up a package, then went to pick it up. In this story, this would go something like this: "She went to the mailbox and found a note to pick up her package at the post office. She picked it up and left." Where's the step of her GOING anywhere? This happens in a way that leaves gaps in the major plot and action, and it happens so frequently that I have to attribute it to sloppy writing. Also, it kills a lot of opportunity for character development.
Second, the main character loses her mind over a boy, and there are no depth to any of the characters. What are the names of the kids bullying other than Dawn? There's only 20 other people at the place...why are we never told anything about more than 6 people? It's shallow, and halfway through turns to trashy romance novel. Couldn't finish after that started.
Anyway, I recommend a pass if you like any depth and quality of writing.
So, let me first start off by saying that it kept me intrigued enough by the end (mostly the last 20%) to get the next book. When starting the next book, I felt that I could have almost skipped this book all together because the second seems better done.
Problems: Editing issues, sentence flow issues, and scene issues. At one point Decker, Beck, and their mother are in the forest right outside of the school, but suddenly Decker retreats to another room upset. If they're in the forest...how can he go to another room? They aren't in a room in the first place, they are in the forest. I found it hard to keep reading the book. Another issue I have is all the POVs. Too many in my opinion. Also, what's with the whole "oogly" over Beck thing, still "oogly" even at the dance, but then it's all "I love you, Decker" (basically, just not said) suddenly? Their love happened really fast imho and I think they should have had time to grow together and get to know each other a bit better. Yes, I know. They have that connection spark, but that doesn't just make you love someone. This, to me, felt more like the 12-14 year old head over-heels crush/in love. I do feel that the characters should have acted a bit more their age.
By the end of the book, I still do not feel like I really know any of these characters. We didn't spend enough time with ONE, we kept going to different ones (their mom, Beck, Decker, Summer, etc). I feel we needed more time with one character than little bits from each.
It was a great idea, I just do not feel this book was executed well.
Parts of the last 20% of the book is why it got 3 stars instead of 2.
"View Spoilers" A couple of things I did not like was that no one explained to Summer what rules they had to abide by and what would transform her into one of the dark and the consequences of those actions. Alexa was just a pain in the arse and so self absorbed but yet after plotting, cursing and killing, no punishment was given to her yet Summer was to lose everything.Read more ›
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You follow Orphan Summer into discovering that magick exists and that she has a lot of it. But keep in mind, Summer is very stupid and gullible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amy McK
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The balance of Light and Dark witches is nothing new but the idea of taking souls, of having magical... Read more
I really love this series! I was not sure when I started it but now I'm into the series☺️ I love her other series about the gods tooPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was a bit uncertain about this series even though I love Lizzy Fords writing. But it is definitely a fun summer read and I am getting ready to read book 3Published 12 months ago by K. Boddy
This tale of light and dark witchlings is fantastic! It pulls you into their world and gets you hooked! Read morePublished 13 months ago by al
I know this is a young adult classification on this book but I really loved it and could not put it down. I am a big fan of Lizzy Ford books and this was no exception. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sandy M
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