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Title of book:
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?
How I Rate It
I wanted to love this book. Like, look at that cover. It is BEAUTIFUL! Also, the title itself is so intriguing. But I did not love this book.
Let’s start with the things I did like. I really loved the main character. I really felt like I got to know her on so many levels. The author does such a great job describing the characters and the world they live in. I could get a great picture in mind it was almost as if I was remembering a place I had actually been. The world created in this book is spot on. I actually found myself really wanting to visit the town the story takes place in because it just sounded like a nice little place to visit. Also, I love that I got a great feel for the other characters in the book too. I got a really good sense of who they were at all, it was as if I knew them personally. It is this detail, presented in a readable and interesting way that kept me reading the book. If there was this great character and world development I would have put the book down and put it on a shelf.
The Not So Good
So why the three starts. It takes forever for anything to really happen in this book. I think I was almost two-thirds of the way through the book before something actually happened and some sort of direction of the book was presented. The first part of the book was not boring, but I felt my self constantly wondering what is the point of all this? Is this going anywhere? And what is the story here? And sometimes these questions are a good thing. This was not the case with Wicked Like A Wildfire. Granted, these questions are all answered, and when you get to it you understand, but it just took to long to get to it. Also, this book deals with magic, and I spent a lot of time thinking ‘what use is this type of magic’ or ‘this is kind of stupid and pointless magic’. The book sort of redeems this.. kind of… and I have a feeling the second book will bring the ideas together better.
I am still kind of confused by this book, and I can’t decide if I really liked it or not. That being said, I am curious about how the story ends, and I will be getting the second book. Like I said above, the character and world development are fantastic, and if you can enjoy that and be patient enough for the story to actually start going, then definitely give this one a read. It is an interesting and curious book. It is definitely not like any other story I have read.
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