Emerald Green by Lindsay Marie Miller
Addie Smith dreamt of a mysterious, handsome boy and then suddenly, he showed up at her school. She immediately feels drawn to Tom Sutton, but he is part of a dark past that is threatening to come to light. Ms. Miller is a promising author. Her descriptions are very well written, but it’s her characters that need work. Both Addie and Tom feel flat throughout the course of the story. Sure, they grow closer and you discover things about them that are necessary for the plot but I never felt wholly connected to them. Also, the story never feels completely fleshed out. Maybe that’s because this is the beginning of a series (and slight spoiler, ends in a cliffhanger) but I was left wanting to know more about the mystery at the center of the plot. Overall, I would call Emerald Green worth the time but also not as great as it could have been.
*Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this novel with a request for an honest review.*
After a hiatus due to busy schedules and busy libraries, Dori & Jess’ Book Club is back with…
Sabriel by Garth Nix
The first installment of Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy is filled with magic, necromancy and mysterious dark foes. Dori and I both appreciated the rich universe that came to life with Mr. Nix’s cinematic writing. I particularly liked the system of magic. Necromancy, for instance, is performed using a set of bells which each have their own characteristic sound that brings about a particular magic effect. For example, Ranna, the sleepbringer bell, is described as having a sweet, low sound while Saraneth, the binder that shackles the dead to the ringer’s will, is described as having the sound of strength. While we both felt the world was beautifully laid out, we also wished there was more character development. Sabriel, the protagonist, felt one-dimensional and, while she may be fleshed out further over the course of the other two books, she does not have much depth in this segment of the series. Dori said, “this is often the issue with books that are all plot and adventure. There’s no downtime to be introspective.” And “Sabriel,” does have an abundance of plot and adventure to the slight detriment of the characters. For example, due to the lack to emotional depth in Sabriel and her companion, Touchstone, the budding love story between the two felt a little forced. However, this is a nitpicky failing and does not stop me from recommending this satisfying fantasy novel.