Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith Book Review

Betwixt by Tara Bray Smith
(Little Brown, Hardcover)

I read this book a few months ago and forgot to write notes about it, so bear with me. To give you an idea of the plot, here's the excerpt from the back of the book:

"Beautiful Morgan D'Amici wakes in her trailerpark home with dirt and blood under her fingernails. Paintings come alive under Ondine Mason's violet-eyed gaze. Haunted runaway Nix Saint-Michael sees halos of light around people about to die. At a secret summer rave, the three teenagers learn of their true, changeling nature and their uncertain, intertwined destinies."

If you liked A Great & Terrible Beauty, Tithe, or Wicked Lovely, you'll like this book. Odine was my favorite character - I especially liked how paintings seemed alive when Odine looks at them. She was a little more fleshed out than the other main characters, maybe because the book started with her. I usually cling to whatever character a book starts out with...do you do that? I'm giving this book only two stars because it was hard for me to keep track of all the characters at first and because, well, after a few months the details just fade away.

Oh, and let's talk about the cover for a second...it kinda turns me off. Maybe because it's an ugly bright yellow with tints of green. What do you think? "Yay" or "No Way" on the cover?