Monday, January 14, 2013

Review & Giveaway : Prophecy Girl - Faith McKay



Author: Faith McKay

Title: Prophecy Girl

Series: Lacuna Valley #1

Published: November 20th 2012

Format: eBook, 248 pages
Website: Faith McKay
Source: Received an e-copy in exchange for a honest review

 Yes,”she choked out the word. This was always the hardest part, giving her mother what she wanted —unquestioned obedience.

Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.

Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?

While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?




My Thoughts


There are lot of YA Fantasy books out there with the same cliche plots and cliche characters,honestly this cliche-ness does not bother me that much as long as the book is well written.But there are some books that come up with some completely different concept-Prophecy Girl was one such book.

Prophecy Girl has interesting combo of characters-you get werewolves,seasonals(that's a completely new and interesting one),a girl who can make things happen by praying for them,a girl who sees the future,a psychotic mom and a guy who's obsessed with sunglasses!

The book started out with Samantha and her family moving to Lacuna Valley,it's a really small town and Sam's not really happy about the move.McKay does not ease into the child abuse issue,she does not sugar coat instead she makes one witness the Sam's abuse right in the beginning.

Initially I did not like Sam very much-she was weak and didn't stand up for herself when she's bullied at school.She takes it all instead off fighting back.But as the story progresses Samantha grows stronger and learns to stand up for herself.I loved Sam's relationship with her sister Violet-Violet is a really adorable kid and the interaction between the sisters was really sweet.Sam loves her sister and she goes to great lengths to protect her sister from her mother.
Violet was pretty awesome for a 9 year old kid because she felt guilty about using her powers to control things.And then we have Nick-he was a really sweet guy.There was no insta-love,Sam and Nick had a complex relationship.Nick had his entire life planned out for him and he didn't want to enforce his destiny on Sam.He was really protective of Sam and his younger brother,Zach.
Sam and Violet's mom was power crazy and she was determined to get what she wanted even if it meant using her own children.

When it comes to the pace of the story I loved the first and last parts of the story-I felt that the story was a bit dragged out during the middle.I also didn't feel that Sam's dad was really "in" the story,he was just there and he didn't do anything about the whole situation.I hope he'll be a little more involved in the sequel.I didn't really get some of the pop culture references either.And I wasn't entirely comfortable with the writing style,it was an engaging read nevertheless.

My Rating



Giveaway! :)

Enter To Win A Copy Of Prophecy Girl by Fath McKay!


9 comments :

  1. Thank you so much for this fantastic book giveaway, that i would love to have the chance of reading as it sounds so good! Your detailed, insightful review was most interesting to read and i am now dying to find out more about Sam and the mystery that surrounds her + i adore the YA genre.

    Thank you x

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway! Love the cover!

    mestith@gmail.com

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  3. I have this one on my review list :) Glad you enjoyed it mostly, even if the middle dragged a bit.

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  5. When I got to that last sentence, I was like.... whoa!

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  7. Sounds great!

    Glad that Prophecy Girl offers a whole new concept :)

    Sel @ Bookcase to Heaven™

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  8. this books is in my TBR list! great review, it makes it sound more interesting! new follower by the way

    -Algel from http://cozyafternoonchums.blogspot.com/

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  9. Congrats!

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    You ssooooo deserve it :D

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