- File Size: 4111 KB
- Print Length: 327 pages
- Publication Date: March 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007HIDMU8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Madison is a smart, funny and likable but, unfortunately, invisible teen, thanks to glasses, braces and a fondness for carbs, until the day of her driving exam when the end of adolescent awkwardness comes upon her with unusual suddenness. By the beginning of the new school year, she's a slim, athletic beauty with 20/20 vision and a chance at not only popularity, but a relationship with the guy of her dreams. This turns out to be short-lived, however, since all of these wonderful changes aren't exactly (humanly) natural and they come with quite the price - not simply one that's sure to make fitting in as challenging as her previous nerd status, but one that comes with a responsibility which could endanger a girl's life.
This terrific YA paranormal fantasy really snuck up and surprised me. I'm not a big sci-fi or traditional fantasy reader and a lot of elements of this story struck me as more science fiction/fantasy than truly paranormal, but I really loved this tale of Berserkers, beings who are set in our world to defend it from the evil of the Havocs. A kind of combo Highlander-Supernatural feel to it, I read it in a few hours one night, not just courtesy of an insomnia problem, but because it was simply a fun, exciting read with great characters, an interesting plot and a fresh voice that made me unable to put it down. While it does have the romantic element expected in a YA paranormal (and should, I suppose, since no YA novel without the difficulty of adolescent relationships would be very realistic), still romance is not the primary focus of the story and neither is it "expected," in that the less-than-self-confident teenage girl angsting over the too perfect, "hot" guy is barely present before the real romantic relationship pointed at in the story turns in an unexpected direction. This only adds to the reasons I so much liked this action-packed story - that when its already smart, likable and very normal teenage heroine discovered the responsibility inherent to her new powers, she not only recognized the responsibility, she also let it mature her and came to see the males in her life as more than simply romantic prospects.
I highly recommend Threads That Bind to YA paranormal and fantasy readers for wonderful writing, a great narrative voice, some laugh-out-loud funny lines and an interesting plot that never slows down. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series, as well as to reading other stories by this talented author.
The young Heroine was rather like Cinderella. First she was geeky, overweight, and wore glasses and braces. Then she transformed into a beautiful and powerful girl. She accepts her responsibilities as a Supernatural champion too easily. She doesn't seem to accept that she's beautiful, but still manages to a accept that the boy she's had a crush on forever wants to date her. There is also a slight Love Triangle between her and two of her fellow Berserkers that she doesn't grasp very quickly.
I read my share of YA novels. I can generally put up with the usual teenage angst, as long as the Heroine isn't overly whiney. Although this one started out really slow for me, it did pick up and kept me reading through to the end (which was somewhat disappointing). Dialogue seemed a bit awkward. I didn't care much for the Heroine's extreme beauty 'transformation', as it doesn't send a very good message to young girls who are struggling with their appearances.
All things considered, it was still an 'OK' read for me, and I'm sure that the younger reader will enjoy it. YA appropriate--no strong language or sexual situations, some gory action.
Madison is an intelligent and witty teen, caught up in a bizarre transformation over which she has no control, and a set of harrowing circumstances in which she plays a pivotal role. She adapts quickly to her fellow Berserkers, as well as the creepy-monster Havocs and their minions, which she faces with clever resourcefulness. At the same time, she is dealing (pretty well, I might add) with the kinds of school, love and friendship issues that face all teens. I love the relationship she has with her father.
The only jarring note is that, in an attempt to make Madison witty, Williams strews the story with silly similes. The words, "like a ..." are as abundant as gritty grains of sand in a beach book on a windy summer day, if you get my drift. Not that I have anything against "show don't tell" but the sheer number of them tends to disrupt the flow. Nevertheless, it is still a good read!
I got this for my Kindle because it was free, but I will gladly pay for the sequel.