Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Janni Lee Simner
teen fantasy adventure
New York : Random House, c2010
Icelandic lore and mystery collide with a very-modern day girl for an epic adventure. Haley travels to Iceland with her father to see the last place her mother was seen before she disappeared last year. Innocently picking up a coin on the side of the path throws Haley's life into total chaos. Luckily handsome Ari is there to save the day, or at least try to.
This was a good book, not my favorite, but worth reading. The Icelandic legends were intriguing. The characters were a bit annoying. Overall a good addition for those who like books such as East. I was pleasantly surprised as I read that the author was able to write cleanly without relying heavily on graphic (adult) scenes and language. However the last few chapters changed that. There is a scene where an animal is "sacrificed" to complete a spell. Also a few pages from the end the f-word and s-word were used on the same page. This was quite a glaring use of such language as the words were never used previously in the book. Unfortunately, just these few pages will limit who I can recommend this book to.