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- Print Length: 188 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 24, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004XWFRCW
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,089 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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
I really enjoyed the way the story player out and how the author mass you wonder what could be happening in their minds the whole time. I wish there was more from his point of view so we knew his thought process.
A good read for paranormal fans.
Until one day the boy from her dreams shows up at her high school and everything that Perdita knew…starts to change.
Claire Farrell develops her characters through the story and you get to grow with them. You might even share experiences similar to Peridta. Aside from the werewolves that is, I thought this book had a great mix of humor, love, and mystery .
This book did have parts that were rather predictable but nonetheless the book was enjoyable and kept my interest. I would recommend this book for werewolf lovers, such as those interested in the 13 to Life series.
Perdita, the main character, is an insecure, shy 17 year old who only has 2 friends, Joey (her cousin) and Tammy (her best friend). The book opens and you feel for her as she is being pulled in two by an overly protective father and a grandmother who does her best to piss of the father. She has been experiencing dreams for perhaps a year of this animal with the most amazing eyes.
One day as she's sitting in class a new kids walks in and as she glances up at him, she is rendered speechless as she realizes the object of her dreams belongs to this handsome boy.
Farrell does a very nice job of developing a relationship between the two main characters. She also throws in twists with her best friend turning on her for no apparent reason. Though the book is predictable, it is enjoyable and she does leave you with unanswered questions...which is why I was compelled to put this is my "need sequel" folder.
I would recommend reading this. It is written well for the YA group.