Monday, December 22, 2008

Lily Dale: Awakening by Wendy Corsi Staub

Wow, it took me longer than I expected to read this, but now i'm done. Next up- Jars of Glass!

****Lily Dale: Awakening by Wendy Corsi Staub****

Originality- 17/20
Characters- 17/20
Remembrance- 7/10
Quote-ability- 6/10
Entertainment- 14/20
Ending- 6/10
Recommend to read- 6/10
Grade- C

Calla thought that her boyfriend breaking up with her in a text message was the worst thing that could ever happen to her. But just two weeks later, her mother died in a freak accident, and life as she knew it was completely over. With her father heading to California for a new job, they decide that Calla should spend a few weeks with the grandmother she barely knows while he gets them set up. To Calla’s shock, her mother’s hometown of Lily Dale is a town full of psychics—including her grandmother. Suddenly, the fact that her mother never talked about her past takes on more mysterious overtones. The longer she stays in town, the stranger things become, as Calla starts to experience unusual and unsettling events that lead her to wonder whether she has inherited her grandmother’s unique gift. Is it this gift that is making her suspect that her mother’s death was more than an accident, or is it just an overactive imagination? Staying in Lily Dale is the only way to uncover the truth. But will Calla be able to deal with what she learns about her mother's past and her own future?

Maybe it was the way I started reading this book that made it hard to get into. I was only able to read a couple pages at a time for a while untill I had more free time. But I never really got sucked into it untill the book was almost over. I also got annoyed at the 3rd person perspective, you would think that since Calla was dealing with so many internal struggle we might get a more personal out look from her. Let's not forget the overuse of the word "wistfully" Despite those flaws, the story line was interesting. Too bad it had to start out with finding out that Calla's mother died recently, and they're at a funeral. I must admit that the boys in the story- Blue, and Jacy, sounded REALLY hot. Of course I didn't want the main point of the story to be overshadowed by teen romance, but it would have helped make it a little more intriguing. Overall I got a pretty bored and struggled to finish but enjoyed the characters and plot, also still willing to give the next book in the series a chance.


YA Book Realm said...

These book looks interesting. but i could understand what you say about the third person could be annoying. i tend to read books written in first POV.

Korianne said...

I love the names in this Blue, Jacy, and Calla. But I just can't help but laugh at Calla in Lily Dale. Calla Lily bahaha! I guess puns just make me laugh! Also I added your blog to my blogroll and I was wondering if you wouldn't mind adding me to yours. Thanks!