Tuesday, June 13, 2017
** I received a copy of this book from Netgally in exchange for an honest review**
I was excited about this book when I read the summary, it sounded very interesting because not many authors play with the idea of a phoenix. But I have to say I struggled to get into this novel and I am not 100% sure of why. The writing was good, the idea was good. I think it was more so the character of Renata. In the beginning she comes off as not a horrible person but one that was hard to like and hard to feel compassion for even though her friends kept dying over and over again. I would have liked to have her learn something more in the patchwork world in the beginning rather than that she was reliving memories and going back to stop someone from killing her friends and possibly her.
It takes a long time to build up and formulate into a story until it gets further into the plot, then it does pick up, so readers need to be able to get through.
It was a decent enough read to be able to read it on a wonderful Saturday afternoon in the park or alongside the pool, but I am not sure if it would be one that has me coming back to reading it again and again. Although other readers might. This would be a good book for young adult readers and some adult readers as well. There is a lot that happens in the novel with murder, betrayal, heartbreak, love and romance to magical forces. I did like the idea of going back in time and being able to change things, or try to change things, but for Renata she remembers everything from the point at prom and no one else does which does make it interesting to see her interact with people differently and see people differently second or third times around.
Overall as stated it's an alright book, it was entertaining and interesting, it just didn't tickle my fancy in the end. I would recommend it to other readers and hope others do find it enjoying. As for a rating I would give it a 3 out of 5.