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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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The descriptions are really vivid and visual: when Diana drops the necklace and color and light explode, and when the crowns meld together were two of the most powerfully descriptive moments for me.
And I'm glad I did.
I recommend this to teenagers and young adults.
I really liked this book. It was funny, witty and suspenseful. A great combination. I had a hard time though figuring out what was going on for the first half of the book. Was she dreaming? Was she just crazy?
I enjoy fantasy books and this one is no different. It has many layers to it and will keep you guessing at every turn.
I really liked this quote:
“To love, to live, to feel so much that your world keeps spinning, faster and faster, in that wonderful, chaotic mess of humanity that you’d so hastily give up. Immortality is overrated. It is nothing but the ability to live through it all and not experience a single thing, to eat everything without tasting it at all.” Isak’s eyes shone with a desperate need. He wanted, more than anything it seemed, to be like me, when all I wanted was to be like him.”
Many times I feel like in life like we are rushing through all of it. We do not take time to really love, to live like there is no tomorrow. We just go faster and faster. What if we took time to really enjoy life? What would we learn? Just like the characters in this book we need to stop wishing we had what the other person has and just take time to enjoy life.
This was a quick read for me, I read it in a day. It kept me on the edge and wanting to read more and so did the ending. If you are a fan of Ted Dekker I would recommend this it reminded me a lot of his writing. Twists at every turn but without the christian references but still clean writing.
My favorite character was Isak. He seemed so magical, but so hurt. I just wanted him to find his happy ending.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars.
It wasn't until I got to the end and read the author's note that I remembered that this was written by a high schooler, and then I was really torn about my rating. On the one hand, for a sophomore in high school, this was a great effort - if my kids write something like this when they're Sophia's age, I would be SO proud of them because Whittemore came up with a fantastic plot, an interesting fantasy concept and some dynamic twists. Unfortunately, character development was really lacking and the story felt a little bit disjointed, so if I'm rating this the same way I rate everything else (which I feel like I have to), it's just a 2-2.5 star book. I'll definitely keep my eye on Whittemore, though!
***Disclosure: This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.***
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.