I got this book because I was supposed to go to a blogger dinner for Harper, but I got sick (story of my life) so the person who hosted it was kind enough to send me a copy. Kristin is a local author and I had seen the book on passing browsing goodreads and the Harper website, but I wasn't sure it I wanted to read it. When I started it I was a little...confused (full disclosure here). The...style...of the language she chose for the male POV was a little...jarring. It's a little...hillbilly, as in, not grammatically correct, but once I got over that I did end up enjoying the book. Some books just flow, and this was one of those books. Once I picked it up I couldn't seem to put it down, it was lyrical in an way that made it move like a song. There was rhythm and voice and it wasn't just one of those fluff books (don't get me wrong though, I love fluff books). I did end up having some questions along the way, and there were little pieces that led me down one road when the story was going down another, so I was a little put off by that. The dual POV was a really great addition though, because while this story COULD have been told with just one POV I don't think it would have worked as well. It's always fun for me to see through the eyes of two characters, especially when they are different sexes and are in love. Personally, the main characters rubbed me the wrong way once or twice, but I find that sometimes that happens with books. The end didn't really catch me off guard, but I was still pleased with it none the less. Kristin took a risk and I applaud her for it, because what she did...it doesn't happen in most YA books. Overall I was pleased with the book and will pick up the next book she writes, as well as go see her at the launch party.
Out January 29, 2013
4/5 dust spirits
*Thanks to Harper for the ARC in return for an honest review.