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My ReviewI can imagine it would be hard to see your mom floating around your living room and telling you that you aren't from this dimension. But that's just a guess. It may just be me, but I was under the assumption that information along those lines can be a tad bit difficult to swallow, but Paige handles it surprisingly well. Maybe a little too well.
Really the only complaint that I have for this novel is that some things just seem a little too far fectched to believe. Like how easy it is for Paige to accept that everything she has been told about her life so far is a lie. Not once after her mother explains everything does she doubt her sanity, and she dives right into this new realization. It also seems like the jump between sweet innocent girl and bloodthirsty goddess of vengeance comes a little too quickly, but that one is more understandable considering the circumstances.
Overall, I really liked that this wasn't your typical girl meets boy, sparks fly, girl realizes boy could use an attitude adjustment, girl tells herself she hates boy, and finally girl gives into deeply hidden sensitivity within boy kind of book that has gotten a little too popular lately. This is not not book. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just that a little variety is appreciated, and Jessica McQuay certainly delivers.
Typical stereotypes are blown away here, and I'm very glad to see them gone. While it may push some people's boundaries, there is nothing in it that is so forceful that it could be considered insulting. I personally think that it was handled very well.
Oddly, though, I wasn't really enamored with any of the main characters. I don't think that's a bad thing, just different. I fell in love with the story more than I did the people living it. I never really felt bad for Paige, and though I was fascinated by Naialah and wanted to hear more of her story, she didn't captivate me as much as I had hoped she would.
Cail, however, I really learned to love, and I wish that he had gotten more page time. We didn't really get to know him that well until the very end, and his importance to the story was more what he did (or had done to him) than who he was. In fact, I wasn't really very fond of him at all until the last few chapters. His desperate plight was just so sad, and he and Rachel were really the only characters that I felt any emotion from, oddly enough. Their pain was much more intriguing to me than anybody else's, just because theirs felt justifiable and real.
Rating: 3 Stars
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About the Book
Paige couldn't help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?
Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?
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About the Author
There were three things Jessica loved to do growing up; reading, writing and playing music. She discovered her love for writing at a young age, when she realized she could create anything she wanted with words. Jessica lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband, four children, a goldfish named Sparkle and their cat, Talula. When she isn't working on the next Paige Tailor novel, taking her children to one activity or another, or folding the never ending laundry of a six person family, Jessica enjoys playing her clarinet in the community band, reading while enjoying a cup of coffee or heading to the theater and catching a movie with her husband.
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