Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: Wake Me Up Inside and Destiny's Gate

Wake Me Up Inside
15875725Lee-Bice Matheson

Wake Me Up Inside is a ghost story centered around a strong teen-age heroine, Paige Maddison, who is forced to move with her parents from Toronto to hicksville Ontario, to help look after her ailing grandparents. It is a story of discovering one’s heritage and uncovering secrets. What will Paige learn about her family’s past and what will she discover about herself as she moves through this journey?

Paige discovers that her maternal family home is a mansion called O’Brien Manor along with a guest house, condemned cottage and a graveyard. Before Paige leaves Toronto, she has nightmares and visions but does not realize they are of this place until she meets the ghosts haunting the Manor…

My Thoughts
While I really wanted to like this book, I did not love it.

The plot itself was good and well-thought out. But I found several things that irked me throughout.

-Exclamation points. Okay, these killed me. Nobody thinks that way or uses that much excited punctuation. It just doesn't happen.
-The characters were great, but underdeveloped. They weren't fully explored and I couldn't get much of a feel for anyone. They also spoke too formally to be realistic.
-While I don't have a problem with romance books, I have a problem with randomly thrown in romances. Paige just blushes every time Brad was in the room and bam! one day he kisses her.
-This book dragged on but the pacing was crazy fast. There was too much telling rather than showing. I want to be inside Paige's mind to hear her thoughts and reactions.
-I was very confused about the climax. I still am. It wasn't very climactic, just over quickly.

I thought the start was interesting and the story kept me going until the end.
2 stars

23002516Destiny's Gate
Lee-Bice Matheson

In Destiny’s Gate, (FriesenPress, September 2014, Paperback $USD17.99, Kindle $2.99)the second book in the Paige Maddison young adult series, teen Paige Maddison awakens to realize she’s just had her first premonition. An overwhelming sense of dread fills her senses and she realizes that the summer’s “fun” is about to begin. Soon another premonition follows. Then she hears a woman’s voice faintly speaking, warning her that she is in danger. Paige now knows she’s in trouble but she doesn’t know why. Worse yet, Paige doesn’t know what to do in the face of the impending danger.

But she has one thing going for her. Paige learns that she is a sensitive or intuitive: She belongs to a unique group of people who have a special gift that enables them to understand and communicate with the supernatural world. It is a perception, an intuition, of that world and often times spirits from the Other Side offer pertinent warning or advice to help them along their best path in life.

Yet Paige wonders if she is the target of something in the supernatural world that intends her harm and whether the spirits from the Other Side will come to defend her when she really needs them most.

Her friend Peggy confirms Paige’s worst fears. “Paige,” she says, “you are in grave danger. There is something walking the grounds of the O’Brien Estate that is looking for you.”

As Paige confronts these troubling thoughts, she meets Allan Brewer. Handsome and gentlemanly and sporting a strange tattoo, Allan is a mystery to Paige. Is he a good man or does he belong to the forces of darkness? An ally or a foe?

Paige comes of age as she learns that bad things can happen to anyone, anywhere. We all have the ability to fight against evil and triumph over it. It comes from the pureness of hearts and genuine love for others. When you put the well–being of a friend or family member before your own, that is the purest form of love and self-sacrifice: Unconditional love.

But will that understanding be enough to save Paige from the evil that lurks around her? What must Paige do to meet the challenge from the dark side? And will she prevail?

Cheryl Kaye Tardif, International Bestselling Author says: Destiny’s Gate is beautifully written, inspiring and moving. A truly unique ghostly suspense for teens. Destiny’s Gate promises to be more suspenseful and scarier than Wake Me Up Inside, the first offering in the Y/A series.

My Thoughts:
Book 2 was sent to me for an honest review and I agreed to try it. But it had many of the same problems from #1, just in different situations.

-These characters are too emotional. They cry too easily, which, sometimes okay, is not here when everyone cries after telling someone something small.
-Paige seemed way too young to be 16. I suppose I knew she was 16, but my mind kept thinking she was maybe 13 or 14.
-As in #1, this told rather than showed. It lacked description, making the pacing very slow, but it was told too quickly. 
-Again with the romance. Paige is just randomly attracted to this adult man (who has a 16-18 year old stepdaughter so he has to be around 30s) and then he kisses her. Randomly. Out of the blue. Nope. We need some lead-in.
-Paige, while I could've dealt with once, passed out at least seven times. Sometimes from random insignificant things.
-The wolf deal was thrown in and I'm still confused about it. Again with the lack of description. One day there were werewolves. I think. 
-Paige's religion/beliefs are not explained very well. I'm lost.

1.5 stars


1 comment:

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