Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Alyssa Rose Ivy
This is one of the books in the blogger contest. Check out my Christmas contest page for instructions on how to win this and many other books.
Charlotte and Kevin are returning to Charleston, SC after a three year hiatus in Alaska. Kevin is the confident, social older brother. Charlotte is the shy, quiet younger sister. They move into their family home with their uncle a few days before school starts.
When Charlotte returns to school she meets some unusual people and re-finds a gate that her mother (now deceased) has told her to stay away from.
Just to clarify - I don't, as a rule, enjoy reading YA or fantasy. But since this is one of the books for the contest I figured I'd give it a try.
The story was well written and captivating. It drew me in and kept me returning to my kindle every time I had a second to spare. I finished in record time and now I can't wait for the next book in the trilogy. I won't spoil the book, but it isn't the typical YA that I've read in the past. While there is romance and fantasy involved it wasn't over the top with too many details. There were no sex scenes and all of the "other worldly" things that were mentioned were easy for me to picture and didn't confuse me or draw me away from the story, which in my opinion is the sign of a great author. It's a great fantasy novel, but it's also perfect for the fantasy skeptic like me.
Highly recommended for any age.
I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.