Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on July 1st 2011
Number of Pages: 48
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal, Urban, Young Adult
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I am Gwen Frost, and I have a Gypsy gift. It's called psychometry - that's a fancy way of saying that I see images in my head and get flashes of other people's memories off almost everything I touch, even guys.
My gift makes me kind of nosy. Okay, okay, maybe a lot nosy--to the point of obsession sometimes. I want to know everything about everyone around me. But even I don't want to know the secrets my friend Paige is hiding or the terrible loss that will send me to a new school - Mythos Academy, where the teachers aren't preparing us for the SATs, but to battle Reapers of Chaos. Now I have no friends and no idea how my gift fits in with all these warrior whiz kids. The only thing I do know is that my life is never, ever going to be the same. . .
I liked how Gwen’s gift works, and how she was able to save a friend from bad things because of it. It was also neat that her mother and grandmother also had gifts, and that they were different gifts. I imagined all these things she could do with it, plot lines that could be had, etc.
I wasn’t as fond of the fact that the foreshadowing was anything but subtle. No building up to it, no mystery, just bam! One sentence, and I immediately stopped reading to stare at it and think to myself: “Really? I hate it when books use that line.” Mostly because it’s always used when something terrible is about to happen to a character. And no, I’m not telling you what it is. You’ll know it when you read it.
It also seemed like black hair was a favorite. At least 3 people at Mythos Academy were described as having it. And since Gwen doesn’t go there til the end of the book, and is only being shown around without meeting or attending classes yet, that’s a lot of people to have with the same hair color when only a handful are described at all. That may just be me though. I like variety so it’s easier to picture them in my head.
There were many uses of the same word over and over. Case in point:
“I screamed and screamed and screamed.”
And that seemed to be a thing, using the same word a few times in the same sentence like that. There were also scenes that reminded me of Harry Potter. I like Harry Potter a lot, and admittedly there are enough fantasy books around about magic schools now that it’s hard to be completely original and not do something people have seen before. But I still had the “I’ve read that scene….” feeling for some of the things that happen in this book.
I’m not sure if I’ll read book 1 in this series or not. I’ll have to check the reviews and see if it gets better. If there’s more of the same stuff that bugged me in this prequel, I’ll most likely give it a pass.