Maggie Stiefvater has done it again. This time with a well written dystopian novel about carnivorous water horses that come out of the ocean each year. They are captured and raced by the islanders with deadly results which attracts tourist to the small island. Like her Wolves of Mercy Falls series she had modified the mythology just enough to lure me into their world.
It's hard to believe that this is just another young adult novel. Maggie does a fantastic job of creating well rounded, believable charters through both their actions and conversation. Puck enters the race as a attempt to save her family, while Sean is a four time champion. This time he is racing for more than just a title. Reading from the authors unique dual protagonist style allow us a glimpse into both Puck and Sean's internal struggles. While the story was obviously building to the climatic race Maggie didn't short change us in resolution which is rich and meaningful.
I have read all of Maggie's books, and this is by far her greatest work.
The point of view of Puck Connolly is read by Fiona Hardingham. While Sean Kendric's perspective is read by Steve West. I encourage you to listen to this book if you have the opportunity; in my opinion, their voices make a huge impact in identifying with the characters.
This book should have been named "Fifty Shades of Effed Up." It is nothing more than an adult version of Twilight, and that is not intended as a complement. This book is also as poorly written and is nothing more that an erotic, fan fiction publication that has just as much power over its followers as Twilight. I can only imagine that adult women will be standing in line around the theater when this book is made into a movie just as their daughters have for the Stephanie Meyer's series.
Anna an older, less secure version of Bella Swan. She is an awkward virgin that lacks self confidence when she stumbles into Christian's (AKA Edward's) office. He warns her that he is a bad boy as he lures her into his web in the same way that Edward said "...I'm dangerous, Bella...". At one point she even went home in his jacket, does that sound familiar? (hint Chapter 9 of Twilight) He also left the choice up to her. Right, like there was even a choice, that pathetic girl didn't stand a chance with him.
The similarities don't stop there. Bella, I mean Anna, has a kooky mother, loves old novels, and continually thinks that he doesn't like her [even though he's f--ked her (his words, not mine) repeatedly]. He's older, not 108, but yes, much more worldly, he's wealthy and drives a nice car, hum does that sound familiar? He even has auburn hair. I kept waiting for him to turn into a werewolf or some other mythical creature.
Then they author drops the final punch with an unresolved climax. I assume this is the only way to get poor sex-craved women to purchase that next book.
I can not, in good conscious, recommend this book to my worst enemy. Turn away, no, run away and find yourself a well written book where the characters have depth.
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