Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (Teen Paranormal Romance) *ARC*

Expected publication: April 5th 2016

16221851Tell the Wind & Fire is about a young girl called Lucie who lives in a New York very different from the New York we know: the city is torn between two very different kinds of magic, and Lucie’s own family was torn apart years ago by that conflict. Lucie wears magic rings and carries a burden of guilt she can’t share with anyone. The light in her life is her sweetheart boyfriend Ethan, but it turns out Ethan has a secret too: a soulless doppelganger created by dark magic, who has to conceal the face identical to Ethan’s with a hood fastened by a collar nobody but a Light magician with magical rings can take off… and who introduces himself to both of them by, for reasons nobody can understand, saving Ethan’s life.

Stars: 2/5

You know how they say “never judge a book by it’s cover” this is one of those cases. The book cover is beautiful, but this book was actually pretty bad. It started off promising enough, but somewhere around Chapter 3 it just got bad and then end was even worse. Lucie is supposed to be this heroine of both the light and dark cities, but mostly she’s just a coward. She rarely stands up for herself or those around her, blames everyone else for things that are wrong, and hides her ideas and feelings even when she knows something is wrong. Only a handful of times in the story does she make a stand, but even then it feels forced for the character. Ethan is blah and Carwyn (the doppelganger)is the only interesting character until he randomly decides he’s in love with Lucie, which feels completely out of character. There’s so much wrong with this story I don’t even know where to start. It’s only getting 2 stars because I actually finished it, if it had been any worse I would have put it down, not finishing it.

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