By Imogen Rose
Genre: paranormal YA
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WARNING: This YA story is set in a school for paranormals who are very different from normal human teens. Thus, the language and some scenes might not be appropriate for younger YA readers. Recommended for those sixteen and above.
When I finished reading Initiation, the first realization I had of the novel is that it resembles Harry Potter in a lot of ways. It’s not the same as the epic HP series, but Initiation is a good novel in a very different way.
I can confidently say that the story’s original. There wasn’t a clear plot in the first place, it was until later on that I realized that the first plot was the real thing already. I hated this part of the novel. I will tell you why, I didn’t actually know what to expect in this book. The beginning, first and foremost, shocked the hell out of me. It started of normally (for a paranormal) then it’s like walking on a solid pavement, and suddenly you’re plummeting down the drain. I was really surprised when (view spoiler). You’ll understand this better when you’ve read the book. Anyway, moving on. Generally I liked the story plot but it gets confusing at times because it’s not clear which is the more pressing matter in the story: Cordelia’s death threat or Faustine’s developing powers. Personally, I didn’t think this made a very strong basic foundation for the series. I understand that there’s another series related to this one, but I’m reviewing without any knowledge about the other one.
Another thing I didn’t like was Cordelia’s indecisiveness. I understand she’s a demon and all, but her love life is really confusing. I hate girls who can’t just choose in the first place, and are too selfish to let the other go. I feel like there’s so much details missing in the book. Although I enjoyed the actions and the writing was really great, but I strongly feel something was still missing in the story. It didn’t have that certain umph I’m looking for in a Paranormal book.
Though this doesn’t go to my favorites section, but it was still a good read.
Meet the Author: Imogen Rose
Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling YA series, the Portal Chronicles. She was born in a small town in Sweden and moved to London in her twenties. After obtaining a PhD in immunology from Imperial College, she moved with her family to New Jersey, where she’s been based for the past ten years.
For as long as she can remember, Imogen has dreamt stories. Stories that continued from night to night, from dream to dream. So, even as a child, going to bed was never an issue, just an anticipation of the story to come.
PORTAL, Imogen’s first novel, would have remained in her imagination, to be shared only with her daughter, Lauren, had her eight-year-old not insisted that she write it down. In the course of a month, Imogen typed while Lauren waited eagerly by the printer for the pages to appear, and a novel took shape.
The warm reception PORTAL received encouraged her to continue with the story and the Portal Chronicles. The Bonfire Chronicles is Imogen’s new YA paranormal series.
Imogen is a self-confessed Hermès addict who enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies and playing with her dog, Tallulah.
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