Summary via Goodreads: “After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.
When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she’s a crafter – a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.
But that’s not the worst part – suddenly Breckin’s most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.”
Gah. So good! Where to start where to start….Read it??? Yeah that seems like a good place to start, stop reading this review because you should be reading the book! Silly billys! – its late and i should be doing homework so bear with me here people.
Okay I’m going to start with my feels on the plot, and what nots: Well Original thats for sure, I don’t think that i have ever come across a story quite like this and that is nice. The fantasy genre does that for ya but sometimes you can hit ruts and you are reading the same fantasy story over and over again. Well don’t worry we aren’t travelling across middle earth to destroy a ring, and we aren’t going on crazy adventures through 7 books at a magic school. Nope! We are going to be sucked, turned upside, and all around into an orb. What in the world is that you ask, well read the book – just kidding i will tell you. Sort of… This book takes place in a different place not Earth. So if you are looking to be submerged into a new world, well here you go! But if you don’t want to learn a whole new language or two…unless you don’t know French like me…stop and read this book. Anyways! I was slightly confused on human status in this book, it seemed like the crafters – as the people from this plane? world? orb? are called – act as if humans are these pinnacle beings, and should be valued above all others? But at the end it got a little shady… i was a bit confused on how they felt about humans. And it was, honestly, unexpected, usually humans are the weaklings, they are on the bottom of the food chain…so Diana Harrison you kept me guessing on more than just this humans are superior thing. So moving on from that rant and a half…..
Still on the plot here! Its really an adventure, if you are looking to be swept up into this great, epic romance, well calm down you will get there. The romance doesn’t really start to emerge until the last half of the book, not that you really need it to get through the book at all. And let me tell you i was thrown all around up and down and turned around, and felt like i was being transported through an orb and if you read the book you will understand how that feels. Diana you are crafty lady and i was quite pleased for the most part. I was upset but certain people…because they’re stupid….not going to say anything spoilers and all….so before i spill the beans lets move on to my rant about the characters!
So when i read the summary at first i was like…15 year old…ugh i don’t think i want to do this… and that is a really poor reason i know but i’ve been 15 they are annoying and think the world revolves around them and quite frankly i have a hard time caring too much about 15 years problems…maybe thats just me but i try to avoid to young main characters if i can. But DO NOT LET HER AGE FOOL YOU! So begins my rant about Emmy.
Emmy: She is not what i remember being like when i was 15, honestly i had to remind myself that this girl was 15. She is beyond mature, a very intelligent and fantastic main character. She is torn away from everything she knows, everything she loves, and she is allowed a damn freak out! and she gets it! and again if you have read any of my other reviews you will know i say this a lot a lot, but here i go again, this grieving period that a lot of characters gloss over because of time makes me sad because i want to connect with these characters, i want them to feel real to me, and if i was taken from everything i knew, and found out my family was lying to me my entire life than yeah i would want a week or two to get my head around that. Her relationship with her brother started off strong, but alas a lot of times when having the sibling around they tend to disappear later on, and it happened here, not entirely but enough that i was like hey brother i think i would like you to be in it just a slight more. I understood why brother could be easily excused out, really i do but still…he went through the same thing i would have thought they would be attached at the hip. Anyways this isn’t suppose to be about brother Alex. This about Emmy who i loved to hate sometimes. She is young she will figure it out…its boys, its always boys that screw up everything! stupid boys…they have coodies i hope you know! anyways…i understand her connection with Breckin i do, but god i hated him a little bit…a lot…okay a ton. but that was for personal reasons. now…im going to review him!
Breckin: He had a horrible past, and i felt for him i really did. And if he didn’t lead my girl (my girl being Emmy) on for just even a little bit i probably wouldn’t hate him so much. As him being a character he had a very black and white view of the world which again i understand why. His first meeting with Emmy though had me confused as hell. i thought he would be totes in love with the girl thats how its suppose to be! but he has a girlfriend and he doesn’t do what i expect him to do. In the end he knows when to let go. But he and Emmy have a connection that can’t really be broken…easily….(i am truly sorry but if i go on more about him i might end up spilling things i don’t want too so i am going to stop right there)
Cyrus: OMG (yes i just omg-ed you) I LOVED HIM. He is dark, handsome, dark and actually really awesome. He is witty, and silly smart. He is such a good guy really and i love love him! His character will surprise you and also be completely obvious at the same time. its a strange combo i know but it really works and its really interesting to read. Anyways… thats all i can say about him as well before i say something i shouldn’t.
The ending not cliffhanger-y which is always a relief because unless you have the second one written and ready to go within a week of this one its just pure cruelty. There are left over things that still need to be addressed but hey doesn’t end in the middle of an action scene leaving you wondering what will happen within the next five minutes. its resolved enough you can breathe, and left open enough that you want the next one as well.