Morsels {7}: Shadows, Trickster’s Girl Brief Reviews.

Publication Date: February 21st, 2012
Entangled Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable.
Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. Captivated. Lured. Loved.
Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence…and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

I simply couldn’t resist reading this. I spent the entire morning NOT working. I’m bad, I know! But..but…it’s Dawson and Daemon…and gah!

This gives us a background story as to what happened to Dawson and Bethany. We all know that they disappered without a trace prior to Obsidian, so no suprise as to the eventual ending of Shadows. I kind of half dreaded/anticipated reading this just for the very reason. I dreaded knowing Dawson’s demise. At the same time, I think it was pretty cool to see what turned Daemon into the socially-inept, personality deficient that we’ve known of him now. He just went into an overdrive after his brother’s “death”. I am convinced that Dawson and Bethany didn’t die. Unless I see their bodies, so to speak, I am keeping my hopes alive that they’ll show up eventually.

As usual, Ms. Armentrout gave me more than what I’ve expected. This little bitty is action-packed and brimming with funny and witty banters. Not gonna lie, I teared up on some occasions.

Publication Date: January 3rd, 2011
Houghton Miffin Harcourt
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
RATING: 1 ouf of 5 Stars
In the year 2098 America isn’t so different from the USA of today. But, in a post-9/11 security-obssessed world, “secured” doesn’t just refer to borders between countries, it also refer to borders between states. Teenagers still think they know everything, but there is no cure for cancer, as Kelsa knows first-hand from watching her father die.
The night Kelsa buries her father, a boy appears. He claims magic is responsible for the health of Earth, but human damage disrupts its flow. The planet is dying.
Kelsa has the powers to reverse the damage, but first she must accept that magic exists and see beyond her own pain in order to heal the planet.

This book was hard to get into. I’ve attempted to read this a while back and stalled. I decided to give it another go because I got an ARC of the second book.

The combination of excessive narrative did me in. I was interested in the concept – environmental crisis told through a story of magic in a futuristic setting but I am more convinced that it’s the primary problem of this novel. It seem like it couldn’t make up its mind. It just didn’t work. The legends, magic, mixed in with PIDs and compods just felt like the plot line was suffering from an identity crisis. There was a lack of cohesiveness and harmony between the two components of the story.

Like I said, it was interesting enough. I liked the concept of a dying world, being killed slowly by a combination of magic and some sort of bacteria and what was involved to cure it. But ultimately, the characters’ inability to appear…um interesting and animated killed it for me.

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