Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Review of The City of Silver Light by Ruth Fox and International Giveaway
Goodreads Book Description: On a night of frost and ice, she falls from the sky, the beautiful ice-girl Cari, cast out of her world and into ours.
It’s an unusually cold Winter, but 15 year old Jake is more concerned with the ice forming in his dad’s new relationship and the fact that the girl he likes is dating his best friend.
And now his elderly neighbour is acting even weirder than usual. Could things get even more confusing?
Then Jake finds Cari, lost and alone. Who is she? What has she got to do with the sudden frost, and the wondrous silver city that has appeared in the sky? And what does his elderly neighbour, Mrs Henders know about it all?
Jake is determined to find out. But the secrets Cari bears are more dangerous than Jake can ever imagine. And the fate of our entire world – and that of the City of Silver Light – now rest in their hands.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
My Review: I was sent this novel by Hague Publishing in return for an honest review.
The City of Silver Light is a beautifully written novella about Luke, a teenager, who is dealing with all of the usual teenager angst including a best friend who is now dating the girl he has been in love with his whole life, a dad who is absent all of the time, an almost step-mother, an annoying little brother, and school on top of all of that. One night he sees what seems to be a star falling from the sky, and then a strange girl who appears out of thin air. Mix that with a strange old neighbor who seems to know more than she is telling, and you get this fantastical and quirky story.
I loved the beautiful prose, and the wonderful descriptions of everything. Luke is a great character-- flawed, but also likeable, which is a necessary requirement for a young adult story. I loved that characters you wouldn't think would become more third dimensional do, including Nina, and the old neighbor, who were my favorites. I really loved the story line overall.
My biggest beef with this story (and I know this is the first book-- more accurately, first novella), is that it seems incomplete and the ending a little abrupt. I almost wonder if it would have been better just to make it longer (it still has broad potential to become a trilogy even with more) and more in depth.
Overall, beautifully written, and although the ending was a little abrupt, I'm definitely keeping my eye out for the next installment!
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