While this review does not contain full-blown spoilers, I am describing some things that happen in the book in a bit more detail than usual. If you don’t want to read anything like that. Here’s my quick review: It’s a good YA book, just needs to be better developed.
What I Loved: The premise of this story surrounds a writer’s characters that come to life. I loved this. Envisioning a hero or villain of a book coming to life and the author still controlling their destiny through the writing is so intriguing!
How I Felt: I did like this book, and I will be reading the second in the series. I felt like the plot was really great, but the book needs to be fleshed out properly.
- There is a society that the main character is introduced to, but it felt very thrown in and could have been removed completely. I liked the idea behind the society, but their story just seemed haphazardly thrown in.
- There are many scenes where I found myself losing track of the characters placement. I would read and be full of suspense as to what would happen next, and then it would be over. I had to go back and re-read sections to figure out what had happened. It wasn’t that I was skipping sentences, it’s that the climax would be just a quick line. It felt more like the author was telling instead of showing me what was happening.
- The idea of weavers, writers who have the ability to bring their characters to life, is supposed to be this super secret thing and yet it seemed that some characters accepted the idea with little confusion. There is a society that the main character is introduced to, but it felt very thrown in and could have been removed completely. I liked the idea behind the society, but their story just seemed haphazardly thrown in. The main character seemed hell-bent on not realizing what was going on though and she had more information than others did. It did not make a lot of sense.
To Read or Not To Read: Looking past everything I just listed, this was still a good book. I enjoyed the story, and am very interested to find out what happens next. Fantasy YA readers would enjoy this book.
What’s This Book About Anyway?
Laney is a freshman in college. She spends her time writing her book and hanging out with Jason, a childhood friend. It is his roommate, however, that seems to be catching her eye.
Laney is attacked by a man who seems to remind her of someone, and as incidents keep happening, she begins to believe that this man may be the villain from her novel. He begins threatening her, using her friends and family, unless she writes the novel the way he wants.
She is racing the clock to understand why he is here and how she can stop him before it is too late.
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and The Parliment House in exchange for my honest review.
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