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    Story teller

    What an amazing confection of a story! Cunningly constructed, beautifully written and with multilayered characters, this is a work of wonderful fascination and creativity .
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    It is a goo idea but I didn't get hooked until well over halfway. The beginning was too slow for me.
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    A disappointing read.

    The blurb intrigued me. A blogging friend always urges everyone to read debut authors, so I decided to take a chance on this one. But… unlike the rave reviews on the cover, I set the book down quite a few times. The beginning is a bit slow (the real action begins around page 80) and the main character isn’t all that likeable or interesting. (Characters can be unlikable as long as they’re interesting.) And there’s a lot of cussing that gets quite irritating. (Trigger warning.) It’s like the world and characters were mimicking the grunginess from the Modern Faerie Tale trilogy, the snooty high society ickiness from Gossip Girl and flashes from other stories. Not a palatable combination against what the cover, title and blurb makes the reader expect. As for Alice, the main character, she’s far too self-aware, yet relentlessly acerbic, to be believable. (Which some might point out was the whole idea.) I had a really hard time spending time with this foul-mouthed creature. I realise that not all teenagers are the same, but Alice acts more like someone in her thirties than a teenager. Also, she treats her mother like a child (much like Twilight’s Bella did with her mom). The story relies heavily on crutch-words (profanity, blasphemy and words heavy with darkness and violence) to such an extent that it becomes repetitive. It also starts to read like a creepy version of Alice in Wonderland from the second half in. Surprisingly, the cussing becomes less until someone realises that a page has gone by without any profanity… There are things to like in this book, but they’re few and far between. What bothered me the most is that it is offered as a fantasy novel, yet there's not much of that until the second half... Nothing is real. Nothing matters. Even in the end, not much changed. A frustrating read with lots of Harry Potter references.
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