This could have been so much more, there could have been more focus on the character’s rather than just trying to get the story along.
As it is I have no feelings for any of the character’s we were introduced to, if anything I forgot a few characters, over half way into the book I forgot who Darren was! And he’s the guy that is part of the ‘love triangle’ with Ana and Tristan.
As for the characters?
Ana – A 15 year old who was completely ignorant about her true side of herself, being a witch. She seems an all right character and yet there are moments when I am left thinking ‘really?’ Like in the first few chapters she wants to have a normal life, but if she has grown up with her mum being so regimented and isolating her surely she wouldn’t be able to know any different? There were other points in her character that just made me think she’s rather flat and lifeless as a whole.
Darren – Although we are told by other character’s in the book that he is a ‘player’ we never see it for ourselves, until he later admits it to Ana near the end of the book. Like I said before I completely forgot about him half way through the book when his name was mentioned, ‘who’s that?’ There is also the part at the start of the book when he told Ana that she is like a breath of fresh air; she had only been there for a few hours, how does that work?
Tristan – He could have been so much more than what he was, he’s rather confusing, first he was wanting Ana to remember him and then he didn’t. It felt very Twilight in those moments and that annoyed me.
London – This was a character that could have been so much more, she can read minds and is sassy, yet when it all comes down to it she was rather flat. A little bit more life in her than the other characters, but still flat.
There were other character’s who were flung in there, like Nathan, who I thought could have been a rather interesting character yet we never heard from him until the end of the book. There is also London’s sister who again was just added in at the start and end of the book. Finally there is Taylor, Ana’s new best friend, who should have really popped from this book and yet… She was so bland and rather boring.
While the plot in itself was good, it was happening so fast, by the time the more dramatic scenes happened Ana had only been there for a week – which didn’t really seem to fit in well with anything, if Ana went through all that in a week am pretty sure she would have had a nervous breakdown, because that is a hell of a lot of stuff to have happened in a mere week.
There could have been more expansion at the start, although Ana had stated that her mother was controlling and they had drills of sorts, we were never shown how these drills worked, we also didn’t get to see her interacting with her friend Jasmine at her old school aside from on the phone, which would have been interesting to see and given the reader a bit more of a glimpse into how she has changed during her time of being a witch.
The central characters could have been expanded a bit more and not given such cheesy lines.
Over all I have to say it’s a rather weak book, with the right amount of fixing and changing things about it could have been so much more. Yet having said that I never wanted to poke my eyes out when reading it, so it wasn’t unreadable, it just wasn’t enjoyable.