04 7 / 2012
Why it’s good:
- It manages to be religious without being at all preachy.
- The main character Elisa is not the “typical” YA novel heroine. She is not thin or white. She is in fact overweight and dark skinned, which is refreshingly different.
- Elisa has a wonderful character arc, in which she grows and changes in multiple ways.
- A couple supporting characters such as Cosme and Lord Hector are independent; their lives don’t revolve around the heroine.
- The story takes place in several places and we get to “see” many different atmospheres.
- People die!
What I didn’t like:
- There were a couple places where the story lagged, but luckily it did pick back up again. The first 200 and last 100 pages were very exciting.
- The love story didn’t really do it for me. It wasn’t central to the plot, though.
- The author uses the word “sob” too often.
Final Thoughts: Worth a read because it’s a fun adventure! Elisa is a character I might not always agree with, but I rooted for her. I liked that she had a need to prove herself, and it’s nice to see that in a young woman in fiction.