Friday, August 14, 2009

Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Release Date: September 22, 2009
Publishers: Simon Pulse
Pages: 304

Megan’s twin sister Remy died in an accident nine years ago, and she’s been haunting her ever since. Knowing how crazy that sounds, Megan keeps this secret to herself and tries to lead a normal life. But when she takes a summer job at Land of Enchantment to keep an eye on her new boyfriend and his lovesick best friend, Samantha, she meets fellow employee Luke who can see Remy, too. Things get even twistier because Megan’s new friend Ari is sporting a massive crush on Luke, who seems to be developing a massive crush on Megan…making for a love triangle that’s positively possessed.

Megan wants to keep her distance from Luke, but when Remy’s visions get crazy violent; she knows she needs his help. Because someone’s definitely in danger...the only question is who?

When I first started reading the novel and started reading the some-what prologue, I was immediately bummed. The prologue just wasn't doing it for me. But as I kept reading and got into the first chapter, I was hooked right away. It was enticing in so many ways and kept my anticipation to read more high. I enjoyed the overall novel tremendously.

The characters were a confusing aspect to me. I liked them, but I didn't. They were relatable and had many different characteristics that were good and bad and they felt real at many moments. However, most characters weren't developed at all; only the main characters. Some didn't even seem to have a reason, and I didn't like that.

The incorporation of Snow White did wonders for the story. It played a big part in the novel and many of the original parts from the tale were threaded through Devoured to make the book a lot more exciting. The magic mirror, for instance, was key to the story in the end, and the bad apples were fused with the tricky and mysterious clues that Megan's dead ghost-twin-sister, Remy, told.

While I was enthusiastic about most of the novel, I was very disappointed with the ending. It happened way too quickly. The climax of the novel occured in the later half of the book, and it seemed that almost right after that, it ended. I even turned back to reread the ending, and still, it didn't satisfy me completely.

Devoured definitely surpassed any of Amanda Marrone's previous novels. I encourage anyone looking for an interesting and unique read to pick this up in September.



Letter Garden said...

I hope it was at least a happy ending. :d

Erica said...

I can't wait to read this, I liked Amanda Marrone's other 2 books so I can't wait to read another.

Taschima Cullen said...

I like the cover, so i will read it Lol!

Book Junkie said...

this looks great! Can't wait to read!!