Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne (1/5 stars)

Title: Harbinger
Author: Sara Wilson Etienne
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Date Published: 02 February 2012
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy
Hardcover: 320 pages
Rating: 1/5 stars
"When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.

But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.

Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.

Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller."

Faye and her Holbrook family wake up with red in their hands on the floor every morning and they have no recollection of what is happening to them at night, with doors and windows bolted, they should'nt have been able to wander off the grounds of Holbrook, an institution for unstable teenagers. Faye is also having visions of the sea swallowing her, and the vivid imagery of her visions are chilling. Harbinger started out with nail-biting mysteries, the red hands, Rose, Faye's powers and suspenseful break-ins in Dr. Mordoch's office, but it ended with heavy Environmentalism that dragged everything down and took away my enjoyment of the book. Faye is distant as a character, when she does something rebellious, it's because she's the last one left in her family not doing it. 

My Verdict:
I didn't like how the book ended, but don't write it off just yet, the suspense build up was really good, and in fact, the book has been receiving a lot of great reviews! It could be something you'd like.
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