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- Publication Date: April 24, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XWFRCW
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While not the most original plot, there are many YA authors who have written great stories with similar back stories. I thought I'd give this book a shot and found that I had to make myself finish (which is saying something because I love to read everything). The characters are forgettable, the dialogue so forced that I found myself skipping pages and not missing much. Looking at the description I saw that it is set in Ireland, I thought that would be a pro, but other than a few colloquialisms, not much can be said for the scenery either.
Overall really disappointing, I would not recommend this book or others by this author to other readers.
Verity deserves more of a 3.5, probably. This is a perfectly fine YA romance with werewolves. Girl dreams of boy. Girl meets boy. Boy must resist acting on his lurv for noble reasons. Girl finds out werewolves exist. Girl turns out to be more than just your normal human.
Twilight (or Leopard Moon, Destiny Binds, Intuition series) fans would quite like this one, I imagine.
Perdita lives with her grandmother and father who fight over how she should live her life. Sadly, her father wins most of these arguments. He is so paranoid-obsessive about her safety she's never stayed over at her best friend, Tammy's house, never goes out, and must wear button down sweaters to school all the time.
Naturally enough, Perdita is a fringe-dweller in her high school. Her only friends are Tammy and her nerd-clueless cousin, Joey.
But then Amelia and her brother, Nathan show up at school. Nathan's got the same, brown eyes Perdita has dreamed of (and doodled) for years. And along with the newcomers, dead cats, big, shaggy dogs, and strange, staring men also pop up in Perdita's small, Irish town.
Will she win the battle to be a normal teenager? What are all the mysterious men and shaggy dogs doing? Why does Amelia's family have so many pictures of wolves in their house?
Okay, so it was kind of cool reading the occasional non-Americanism "let's sort this" etc. It was also cool to have a non-American setting and culture (although I could have used even more of that). Perdita is suitably spunky at times and romantically overwhelmed by Nathan at times. So why did I rate this less than the 4 stars?
Blame my jaded palate. I can't be satisfied with the normal YA paranormal anymore. I need either a POV character who totally wrings my heart, or a lime twist on my glass of teen angst-ade.
While I had no problems with Perdita, she didn't get under my skin, either. And the whole werewolf thing is a blatant elephant in the room. The somewhat confusing prologue (for me) with the werewolves in Europe, and then the whole Amelia wearing a werewolf charm bracelet (I mean really, she calls the charms werewolves? Why would she do that? Why doesn't Perdita get the little bit curious or clued in?)along with the many wolf pictures in Amelia's house gives it away.
The other thing that kind of made this more 3ish for me was the blatant, over-the-top villainry of the High School Queen Bee (and another person supposed to be Perdita's friend.) I don't mind villainry, but I like more grey in my villains. It just struck me as weird that Nathan would be so clueless, even if he was being noble and hesitant, that he would go along with such blatant bullying. It made him seem wishy-washy and clueless as opposed to angsty and conflicted.
On the other hand, the last third of the book picks up the pace quite nicely, bringing in an interesting curse/werewolf story involving Nathan and Perdita that sets up some nice angst in the unresolved ending.
This Book's Snack Rating: Like eating a can of Pringles for the perfectly snackable plot and characters without any special flavor or twist
Then Amelia and Nathan move to town and shake up Perdita's ordinary little life. Perdita has been dreaming about Nathan, a boy she's never met before for almost a year - and Nathan at times hints that he feels their connection too. Perdita's friendship with Tammie becomes strained as Perdita gets closer to Amelia and Tammie ruthlessly pursues Perdita's cousin Joey. When Perdita sees a cruel side of Tammie she never believed could be shined on her she becomes even closer with Amelia and with Nathan who acts hot and cold around her all the time. Sometimes it seems like he's interested in her and other times he shoves her away.
When Perdita starts spotting strangers watching her, Amelia, and Nathan around town, rumors of dog attacks and dead animals start appearing on people's doorsteps, and Perdita feels like Nathan is keeping something from her Perdita wants answers. But will Perdita be able to accept the truth about Amelia, Nathan, and their family or her role in everything? Or will it all be too much for her? Will Perdita be able to save herself and Amelia when danger comes to call?
Verity is a quick, uncomplicated read that I enjoyed a lot. Think of it like Twilight but just with werewolves instead of vampires. Amelia, Nathan, Perdita, and even Joey are characters that are easy to like while Tammie and Dawn are easy to hate. I loved the setting for Verity even though you really don't get the feeling of it being in Dublin, Ireland at all. It's a refreshing change that Amelia was the special character that everyone had to look after in this book, instead of the female lead, Perdita in this case, being the fragile-frail one; although she has a role in things with Nathan as well. You quickly find yourself rooting for Perdita to gain more freedom and for her and Nathan to finally get together throughout the entire novel. Verity has just the right amount of danger, action, friendship, and romance. I'm really eager to read the rest of the series to see what else is in store for Perdita and the whole gang.