*I received this through a Goodreads ARR in exchange for an honest review.*
When I first read the summary I had the impression that this books was going to be two things: 1-A very unique and intriguing story. 2-A paranormal book. Turns out that's it was intriguing but not paranormal.
The book not being paranormal was a good and a bad thing. On one hand, it's a relief that there's a book out there with really interesting content that has an explanation (or not quite). So it was more science fiction than anything. The bad thing was, some of it came out as unrealistic to be true.
One of the things that bugged me is that I didn't get the answers to a lot of questions I had from the very beginning.
Zara or Zip is nothing if not realistic. She acts like a normal teenager-and can act a bit stupid sometimes, but don't we all?-and helps Kieran get through his ordeal at the same time without turning into Miss-Super-Knowledgeable-Even-In-Matters-I've-Never-Heard-About.
Kieran is one of the sweetest guys ever. He's never had a normal life and that shows on him. Plus, he never pretends to be normal when he knows he's not.
Kayla is one of those supporting characters who you know has potential. I liked her a lot, sometimes more than Zip herself. I hope we get to see more of her in the second book.
This is a light read believe it or not, and I hope I'll get my answers in the second book, which I'm definitely going to read.
This story should be a classic fairytale. The writing was magical and captivating. But instead of the moral being "Your prince will come." or "True love conquers all." Like in Snow White or Sleeping Beauty, Delilah Dusticle's moral is "The more you believe there is nothing good about you, the more real it will become and it is that kind of thinking that will stop you.”
It's a really heart warming and empowering story, about a girl who after witnessing her own downfall decides to rise from the ashes-or dust!
Delilah's story, while short, holds powerful meaning. After getting her heart broken and losing her job and everything she's ever known, Delilah has almost lost hope of getting back her old life. But after befriending Abigail and her son Charlie, Delilah begins to return to her old self again, and instead of getting her old life back she gets an even better one.
So, to end this review I quote Delilah by saying :
“The ordinary can be extraordinarily overlooked”
Original review : http://booklicker.blogspot.com/2013/05/delilah-dusticle-by-aj-york.html
book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a great story with elements you've already heard of and completely new aspects that make this book unique and fresh.
Tania is a great heroine. She isn't perfect. She needs help and training from other more experiences people like her, and she acknowledges that. She keeps her emotions in check and stays strong for the majority of the book but she does have moments of weakness which make her all the more human. What I liked most about her is that she doesn't rely on anyone to solve her problems, and that although she's affected by her mother's and brother's deaths, she doesn't let that get her down and she isn't scared of taking down the murderers even though they're after her.
Dan is also a great male lead. He's sweet, thoughtful and protective. He helps Tania with her problems while trying to take care of his little sister Becky. He didn't put any pressure on Tania to heal his sister and he didn't resent her about not being able to on her first try. He did have his secrets though, things I didn't expect, but they didn't affect the main plot.
Dan and Tania's relationship is light and sweet. They help each other through everything they're going through. But although their relationship progressed really fast, Tania didn't have Dan all through the story because they both had their commitments in different places, so they both had space from each other which made them appreciate each other even more, and Tania could learn about her powers and learn to develop them without the comfort of Dan. She had to have it hard before everything could get easier. Plus, he's be a delicious distraction. *wink**wink*
I loved that most of the secondary characters had a part in the book. The author didn't introduce a character only so they can never be heard of again after that.
The mystery and the suspense was great. Every now and then you'll get a reveal or an appearance from one of the baddies, so you definitely won't get bored reading this.
The build up to the climax was so great, That I could actually feel the impending doom coming. The climax was worth the wait, but after all the action there's a bit of a time skip that irked me. I wanted to know what happened immediately after the big face off. I kept going back checking if I missed a chapter.
The ending leaves place for a possible sequel, which I do hope happens but it's likely this is a standalone. Like I said, I hope this book gets a sequel because I really want to know more about the things that happened right at the end.
Delilah Dusticle's Transylvanian Adventure
on March 19, 2014
"Never judge a book by its cover, and never underestimate those you deem old."
I wasn't expecting this at all! I really liked the first book in the series, which is Delilah Dusticle, but this one really threw me for a loop. Whereas the first book focuses on Delilah finding herself and building a successful life with her friend Abi, Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure takes the reader on a thrilling and funny adventure.
What I liked the most about this book was that a lot of new characters were introduced, and there's a whole new subplot there that I never saw coming. This story doesn't just focus on Delilah and her powers but on other characters as well.
I loved the moral of this story just as much as the first. I think it's very important that people in general, not just children, shouldn't underestimate elders. Especially since they lived in a time much more harder than the present.
I can't wait to see what A.J. York has stored for Delilah and her friends next!