Monday, August 23, 2010

illyria

illyria
by Elizabeth Hand
teen drama
135 pages
Viking Juvenile (May 13, 2010)

(From the publisher via amazon.com)
Madeleine and Rogan are first cousins, best friends, twinned souls, each other’s first love. Even within their large, disorderly family—all descendants of a famous actress—their intensity and passion for theater sets them apart. It makes them a little dangerous. When they are cast in their school’s production of Twelfth Night, they are forced to face their separate talents and futures, and their future together.

The author definitely is a talented writer. The story however, was not my favorite. And no, it is not due to the taboo topic of incest which is a big part of the story, nor the language, nor the drug and alcohol use Parts were intriguing, other parts were boring, and the characters were a tad annoying at times. My favorite character was the mysterious Aunt Kate who I have my theory about but I won't say here as I don't want to ruin anything for anyone who might read this. It was worth reading since it is a short book, but I can't see myself re-reading it again. If anyone else has read this, please leave a comment and tell me what you think.

1 comment:

Raspberry said...

I've been waffling about reading this, but after your review I'm no closer to making up my mind...sigh. :) Maybe I'll leave it to fate. (i.e. if I see it on the shelves I'll grab it, if I don't then I wont'...) :)