on July 19, 2011 :
Messy, poorly written and completely pointless.
The book has no redeeming qualities beyond the fact that it's thankfully short and thus quickly done with. It's a mess through and through, mixing in bits of this and that from Hawaii, magic, faeries, aliens, a dash of Greek mythology for no apparent reason, futuristic notions and an alternative historical past.
I never did figure out what the girls are doing there in the first place, as the initial storyline of them being sent to their grandmother on Hawaii for some mysterious magical testing, is thrown out the window the second they get there. Who G (for Grandmother apparently) is, we never learn, and whatever family relationship they are supposed to have is pitiful. A word that actually also aptly describes all character interaction. The alternative historical past fits in absolutely nowhere, the Greek mythological characters are thrown in there just for the hell of it and is yet another giant plot hole of which the story is full of.
None of the characters are in anyway endearing to the reader and I would have been happy to see them all chucked into a volcano - at least that would have put an end to it. Unfortunately the story rambles on and the poor red thread attempting to imitate a credible storyline is a tangled mess. What more is, the plot, characters and their dialogue and actions often had me rolling my eyes as it's so filled with bad clichés and just unbelievably bad examples of writing. (Also, if I read the "dialogue" >>Wow, crazy.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)
on June 17, 2011 :
[E]very time a child says, "I don't believe in fairies," there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead. - James Matthew Barrie, Peter Pan
it is the summer of 2045 and sixteen-year-old twins Grasiella and Tatiana are sent to Kauai, Hawaii to visit their grandmother "G". they each know of their special abilities but what they find out and who they meet during their stay on the island will make their holiday something they will never forget.
in this fast-paced book, i was treated to some mystery, magical creatures, gods and goddesses, secrets and age old battles. the book's prologue drew me instantly to the story. the last few pages were exciting as well and obviously hint at a sequel.
the lines between the world of magic and reality are non-existent. mythical beings have no trouble blending in with the human population who seems to be oblivious to what is going on. only a handful, like the twins, know that there is more out there beyond the surface of things.
despite their limited powers, knowledge and their grandmother's disappearances just when they needed her, Grasiella and Tatiana go out of their comfort zones to find answers. it does put them in danger but i like the idea of the teenage twins taking part in something heroic that could bring about the world's salvation from an alien threat.
overall, it was a fun read. author M.M. Shelley's writing debut is wholesome and imaginative. although i feel that the book would cater more to a younger audience, adults would also enjoy reading this as i have.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)