by Laura Hickman, Tracy Hickman
Series: The Nightbirds, #1
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Source: Received in exchange for review
Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.
Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who purport to be her friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, that her memories may return in time, but refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. For her own sake, so they say.
Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who among them can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?
Only her lost past hold the answers she seeks—if she can uncover its secrets before she fall prey to an unearthly killer.
Ellis, the main character, was boring. I definitely had an incentive to like this Ellis, to prove Ellis @ The Random Transliterator that her other life was so much better. Alas, I can come up with nothing to prove that her other life was better no matter how hard I try to whip up something. Why? Because for most of this book, Unwept Ellis doesn’t have any emotions. Sure, it’s mentioned that she’s flustered or confused but I never really felt those emotions dig into my skin. I honestly could not care less about Ellis because of this lack of connection between us, and same goes for all the other characters. Not one character, could catch my interest.
He whispered her name simply and yet there was a rushing wind in his breath that spoke of green summer, bitter winter, resigned autumn and a thousand glorious springs.
The writing, was beautiful, but boring. I mentioned the same problem in an earlier review this month–that while the writing was highly exceptional, but it dragged slowly and made me unquestionably bored. The long sentences and overly long descriptions just did not work.
The plot and pace was slowly developed, and eventually, boring. The idea of a girl waking up to discover that all she could remember was her name was certainly haunting and mysterious, but that’s the intrigue ended. Ellis, I feel, doesn’t even act like a girl whose memories have been lost. She just didn’t feel all that shocked, in my opinion. I expected Ellis to be so much more confused and withdrawn in general. Going on, the pace didn’t work at all. I DNFed this book at 50% and at around 40%, nothing in regards to the plot moved. It was only around after this point, when Ellis began having eerie and strange dreams (and where the plot actually starts to pick up.) If you cannot deal with boring and slow writing for a good 50%, then I wouldn’t be recommending this. While it is only a 272 paged book, it reads to feel so much longer.
This book was boring, if you haven’t gotten the message yet. If you want a good mystery with intrigue, this would not suffice. While these authors have great potential, the pace and slow writing and characters let this down.
~Thank you Tor Books for sending me this copy!~