Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Publish)
Crystal’s body struggles between the magic of her diviner past and the transformation of the serpent’s kiss, which could ultimately lead to her death. All the while, avoiding detection by the Divine Council whose intentions are too mysterious not to question, but happens to be the only lead she has to finding her missing mother. Betrayal, and manipulation lead her to doubt the only person she thought she could trust and her feelings for Victor, her closest friend, get twisted even further when Damien, the council’s hunter, talks of destiny and the line between reality, memories, and fantasy fade into a supernatural roller coaster she hadn’t signed up for.
Plot/Idea: 6 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 6.50 out of 10
Plot: This novel is decently structured and, for the most part, moves along at a brisk pace. While there are moments where the narrative lags, the author provides enough mystery and suspense to keep readers turning pages.
Prose: The writing is descriptive and enjoyable, though some awkward phrasing may trip readers up. While the prose is brisk and natural, the dialogue sometimes gets bogged down, which can slow the pace significantly.
Originality: While there are echoes of the Twilight series and Harry Potter, the characters and scenario are wholly original.
Character Development: Crystal is a likable and well-drawn character. Victor and Damien are not overly complicated, but the author does a remarkable job of balancing and explaining their motivations.
Date Submitted: May 03, 2018