I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I am really on the fence about this one. I’m going to give it “1 Thumbs UP” and the reason being is this is very well edited.
There was a lot to like about the story. Some of the things that I really enjoyed were the the overall feel of the story, I liked the tension between the main characters, the hidden story in there being magic outside of the norm and I liked the the back-story quite a bit.
Some of the things that I didn’t like was there were way too many characters. There were the eight main characters, there were three tertiary characters, and there were employees that were thrown in for really no good reason. I just didn’t enjoy the complication. I feel that the author felt like she needed that differentiation between all the different types of magic and maybe that’s why she had so many main characters but I think it took away from the story. I felt like the alcoholism and the rape that were thrown in there were totally unnecessary to the story. I felt like the children we’re a little bit more over the top than necessary and I especially didn’t feel a connection with the character of Emmy. I didn’t understand where she was coming from; I got that she was upset that her father threw this big secret on them and I get that she was unhappy with the the new children that were introduced to the family but I didn’t understand her reaction is at the end of the story. I certainly didn’t understand her fly-by-night approach to the happenings in this family. It didn’t seem really didn’t seem logical and kind of threw me off just a little bit. (And know on a personal level that I have a fourteen year old child, so I understand the strange approaches that they take to life).
I have to say my favorite character out of the influx of characters was Patrick. I liked him, I liked his approach to the world and maybe because his magic was a little bit different than everybody else in the story it caused me to like him just a little bit better.
I didn’t understand the fear of magic coming from magical families and it threw me off just a little bit. It was almost like ‘we practice dark magic but we don’t practice dark magic and dark magic is dark but its not bad or it could be bad, it could be very bad but its not even that bad’, it was very loosey goosey. It just didn’t have the consistency that I needed.
I appreciated where the author was going and I really liked the ending. I think it was very sweet. I liked the full scope of the story, although I didn’t really get the point of the story. Was it a story about a family struggling through hardship? Was it a paranormal story where magic is the focus of the story? Was it a book about justice? I’m just not sure. I read the story, I was intrigued by the story but I don’t know what the story told me. I couldn’t really get a grasp on what the authors point was. That being said, I did enjoy the book. I would definitely read more by this author. She was a very well written author and I enjoyed her world.