Sunday, May 12, 2013


I first heard about this book when the announcement was made in the publishing world, and because I love Andrea Cremer and David Levithan I knew I just had to read it.  When I saw it at ALA Midwinter I knew I had to get a copy and then when I saw that Andrea and David were stopping here on their tour I knew I had to get to reading it sooner rather than later.  This is one of those books that, if you look at reviews on goodreads, is controversial   About half of the people who read it love it, and the other half were not impressed.  Seeing as I'm me and I like pretty much every book that I read I was one of those people who fell into the first half.  Personally I enjoyed the writing style of both authors and thought that they fit the characters exceptionally well.  This may be because of the fact that after hearing the read I was just amazed at how much they WERE the characters.  I enjoyed Elizabeth's spunk and Stephen's insight-fullness, the fact that they were both REAL characters.  The intricacies of the curses and the world that both authors created was so finely done that it was fascinating to watch as things were revealed piece by piece.  Sometimes I feel that endings are too easy.  Not in terms of writing them or reading them, or even living them, but I feel there are authors that take the easy way out and, despite everything they put their characters through they don't want to leave them miserable, leave them semi-broken, because who wants to read a book, to live a life, with no happy ending.  But sometimes I think that in the end things aren't supposed to right themselves, that despite a struggle that's awful, things don't turn out movie-perfect in the end, and I think that Andrea and David did that really well in this book, while keeping the hope alive for the characters. That isn't to say that I don't want to see a sequel, because I do, I would love to see where these two authors take these two characters because they have the potential to continue their story, although if this is where things end I can live with that.  If you're looking for something a little different I think you'll enjoy this book, boys and girls alike, although I would suggest reading the first two chapters to see how you personally will like it.  That being said, I'm excited to see if these two authors write another book together, whether it's a sequel or just another book in general, because in my opinion they just flow together, and that's something that shouldn't be lost.

4.5/5 dust spirits

1 comment:

  1. How did I MISS THIS? I am a total fan of David Levithan. So very glad you reviewed this! Off to add it to my TBR pile