Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Review: Alyzon Whitestarr
By Isobelle Carmody
Genre YA fantasy
Recommended by Me
First sentence It starts with my family, and in a way that's the whole story.
Alyzon comes from a talented family and feels like the only one without a role to play. All that changes when an accident leaves her in a coma. When she wakes up all of her senses, particularly her sense of smell, are heightened. This new ability may be hard to deal with but it also may be the key to saving her family.
What it has going for it
The concept behind this story was fascinating and rang very true for me. The heightened senses and they way they were written about were a unique fun idea. The theory that we could all have scents that reflect the state of our soul was interesting. I also loved the message that goodness and kindness will always win against evil and anger and that by hurting others we only hurt ourselves. The romance was sweet and I enjoyed the relationship Alyzon had with her family.
I'm heartbroken that this one wasn't a hit for me. I love, LOVE Isobelle Carmody's Chronicles of Obernewtyn and so I thought this one would be as amazing. Alas, that was not the case. Like I said the idea was so cool and beautiful but the execution did not need to take over five hundred pages. I don't know why it wasn't edited down but it seriously needed to be. The writing was dripping with telling and no showing and was repetitive to a fault. I was just disappointed with how unimpressed I was with this one after expecting so much from this author. So, yeah, if it had just been edited better it would have been an awesome book I think.
Yea or Nay?
I can't and that makes me sad but it was just too long and littered with needless information. The story was creative and fun, though.