Good Reads says:
A great easy read and perfect welcome back to YA fiction for this girl. I couldn't put it down for the following reasons:
- Originality - 7. Considering we start the book with a pretty but outcast high school girl unsure of her true powers (sound familiar?) this book gets a high originality score. Mysterious secret Orders, crazy moving metal tattoos, Faeries, bat-crazy banished wood elves, alchemy and the elixir of life, it is all here.
- Absurdity - 7. See above list of characters. This book has it all, with a hint of engrossing teenage love, mixing of myths, undertones of orphan-ism/family issues, and deep secrets, all rolled into an industrial town somewhere in New York.
- Level of Paranormal Romance -8. Daughter of famous alchemists falls for dreamy half-Faerie boy, both with some secret superhuman strength and speed issues = soul mates. And his nick name is Xan, short for Alexander, and he is beyond sweet, o yeah, and rich and drives a Volvo. Cue swooning girls (or least I would have swooned as a teenager, the Volvo sealed the deal).
- Level of Harry Potter-ness - 5. Donna has the power I think, but hasn't unleashed it. In book 2, The Wood Queen, I anticipate more powers and more magic. For now, Xan does his best to beat up wood elves with his half magic that he is o so secretive about. (I have already started book two, so soon, we will know!)
|Text Photo I Sent Grad Student at 5:17 after work last night...the best kind of night when it is 100+ |
degrees outside and you're sunburned from the weekend.