Friday, March 7, 2014

The Keeper's Curse by Diana Harrison Review

Title: The Keeper's Curse
Author: Diana Harrison
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: I really enjoyed this book--an engaging, romantic fantasy that swept me away, especially the main character!

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Emmy's life changes forever when one night she is swept away by her mother into the magical world of Methelwood--a place where magic, darkness, and secrets are abundant. Reeling from leaving our world behind, she develops a strange bond with a boy named Breckin that goes deeper than she could've ever dreamed.. And could cost her just about everything..

What I enjoyed:
-I liked the pacing--it was good and really picked up in the second half of the novel
-I also enjoyed the world building--it was really well-thought out, though at first I felt like I was seeing a lot of parallels from the Harry Potter series
-Emmy--the star of the book and I related to her a lot--stubborn and funny and sweet, and a great protagonist
-Emmy's family, particularly Alex
-Breckin, and his complicated relationship with Emmy, as well as his fellow peers--he had a lot of depth and I really enjoyed him as a character
-Cyrus, of course--the reluctant antihero and bad boy--he was fun to experience as well
 -The mystery throughout the entire novel, perfectly paced

What could've been better:
-At the ending I really thought that Emmy's identity slipped away from her, just before the very end, and I wish it had done more justice to her feelings
-There were some very slight editing issues

Overall, I really liked The Keeper's Curse--it was a lovely book that I enjoyed reading! Next on deck: The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo!

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