Supongo que la idea de la historia no está mal pero es que no soporto la manera de escribir de esta autora, tan simplona y sosa, como si los adolescentes no fueramos capaces de comprender nada más elaborado. También se me hace cansino que esté 3 cuartas partes del libro dandole vueltas a las visiones una y mil veces, siempre repitiendo lo mismo. Los personajes tampoco dan mucho de sí, supongo que tanta complejidad emocional era demasiado para tan poca cosa. Sinceramente, creo que yo misma podría escribir la misma historia mucho mejor......Continua
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Clara is a Nephilian, a Quartarious to be exact, meaning she was born one quarter angel, the blood of the angels running through her veins. Her mother is a Demetrious, a half human-half angel who passed the blood down to Clara upon her birth. Each of those with the blood of the angels is born with a calling, a destiny that comes to them in visions between the ages of sixteen and their twenties or so. Clara receives hers at the beginning of the novel. She gets reoccurring visions of a boy in a burning forest fire. The visions occur day or night and with each she seems to gather a little more information about where he is and where she needs to be to save him. When the glimpses lead her to Wyoming, the entire family picks up and moves to the small town of Jackson Hole Wyoming so that Clara can fulfill her destiny. Only meeting one's destiny isn't as easy as it sounds. The boy is Christian Prescott, the dream guy at school who has an extremely possessive and witchy girlfriend. His social status makes him pretty much unapproachable. She only manages to make two friends and the twin brother of one of them becomes the bane of her existence. When things start to change and the bane of her existence becomes the boy she falls in love with Clara must choose between her destiny and her heart, and neither decision will truly make her happy.
I really don't like rating books, I like writing reviews, giving my opinions of them, but it so hard for me to decide on an accurate rating. I debated between three and four stars with this one. It wasn't a bad book, in fact I'm curious about the next in the series, but it also wasn't one of those novels I could see myself rereading many times. I decided to go with a four stars because the positives about this story outweighed the negatives and probably deserved the better rating.
The first thing that bugged me from the start was the entire story is first person, present tense. I don't mind a well written first person novel, but reading it in the present tense is just abrasive to me as reader. I have trouble connecting with books written in first person present tense, and find reading them a little jarring.
I didn't have trouble relating to Clara as a character, we had too much in common, not that I've got super powers or anything. But I felt sorry for her from page one, ending up with a name like Clara since I narrowly avoided the name Clara Belle as an infant, my mother loved the name, my father fortunately talked her out of it. I will be forever grateful not to have the same name as cartoon cow. Additionally the more I got to know this character the more she took me back to my teenage years, unfortunately not in a good way. Do you remember the awkward stages, and the constant mental obsession with those awkward teenage social faux pas? The part of your teenage years that you do your best to forget when you grow up into an adult and leave high school behind you. This is the part of my teenage years that this book, this character, connected me back to. I'll admit I wasn't really comfortable with that. I had to keep putting the book down to get past that feeling of mortal embarrassment every time a scene of this nature occurred in Clara's life. In a way I guess this is good because it says that Hand has created a main character who grabs you, but as a person that developed all sorts of defense mechanisms to stay away from that feeling I can't say I was comfortable with experiencing it again through Clara's eyes.
The leading character was well developed with believable flaws and attributes considering she has angel blood. The same can't be said of most of the other character. It's not that they don't have flaws, it's that other than Tucker, Hand doesn't really let us in to the other characters beyond the facade they present to the world. Without being able to see beyond the social veneers of the other characters it's difficult to relate to any characters other than Clara and Tucker.
Another thing that bugged me is that outside characters seemed to be constantly telling Clara that is wasn't always about her, the thing is the situations where this occurred in my opinion never warranted that comment. I didn't see her character as all that self-centered and it seemed odd to me that the writer kept throwing in other characters accusing her of being so. Maybe if she behaved as a self-centered person I would have understood, but that really wasn't the case with this character.
The ending was a bit of a let down, I just figured with all that build up there'd be a little more to it, but other than that I don't really have many complaints with the plot. The book had an intriguing plot that draws you in and you keep turning the pages to discover what will happen next in this interesting story. It's exciting, emotional and filled with teenage angst. Overall I'd recommend the book with the warning that if you don't want to be pulled back to those awkward teenage moments in your life where you wished you could bury yourself under a rock, this book may not be a comfortable read. If you can get past that connection with the leading character however it's definitely worth picking up and reading....Continua