Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Deception Dance by Rita Stradling Review

Title: The Deception Dance
Author: Rita Stradling
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Deception Dance, book one
Star Rating: 3 out 5 stars
The bottom line: This book was just okay to me. The editing was terrible and it took nearly half the book for something to happen.

I won this novel in a giveaway here on Goodreads. Raven Smith is going to Italy for a few months with her sister, Linnie, and her sister's best friend, Chauncey. Once there, Raven is pursued aggressively by two young men: the dark, compelling Andras and the equally mysterious Nicholas. She discovers that everyone is lying to her, and that there are some secrets that need to be unearthed alone.

What I enjoyed:
-Andras
-Nicholas
-Chauncey
-The mythology of it all, and the discovery at the ending
-Raven and her mysterious past
-The action

What I didn't enjoy:
-the editing was way, way off
-Raven seemed stuck between the two men
-It took nearly half the book to really get things rolling
-the writing itself was a little bit childish, almost

Overall, despite its flaws, I really enjoyed The Deception Dance. (I hope the next novel gets better!) Next on deck: The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper!

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