Thursday, November 3, 2011

{Review} Sleight (AVRA-K #1) by Jennifer Sommersby

Sleight (AVRA-K #1)
by Jennifer Sommersby
Publisher: Accendo Press
Published: March 23rd 2011
Genre: Fiction- YA: Paranormal

Her best friend is an elephant.
And she’s about to meet the biggest game changer of all: a boy. With a secret.

When circus-dwelling Gemma Flannery learns she will be attending public school for the first time in her seventeen years, little does she know that fitting in with her 12th-grade classmates will be the least of her concerns. A pro at hiding her knack for seeing the dead (“shades”), Gemma is grieving the recent suicide of her mentally ill mother, a process eased by the introduction of her first real love interest, the charming and painfully handsome Henry Dmitri, who is harboring his own collection of dangerous secrets. Together, they will be presented with a frightening challenge: to assume their roles as heirs to a 3000-year-old magical text, the AVRAKEDAVRA, a book the ├╝ber-rich, sleight-of-being master Lucian Dmitri would do anything to get his hands on. As each terrifying layer in her new reality melts away, Gemma unearths truths that her quiet, nomadic life with the Cinzio Traveling Players is not at all what she’d always cherished. Gemma and Henry must rely on each other to stop Lucian’s diabolical plotting that will bring the world to its tired, scab-riddled knees, and are sent on the flight of their young lives, to save themselves, their families, and the world from the darkest kind of destruction.

Let the chase begin.

Review: This was really good but also kind of confusing. I enjoyed the story itself with all the twist and turns, but all the magical garble gook amde it really confusing for me at least.
I found myself feeling bad for Gemma. She seemed like such a good kid, (I say kid but she was 18) and she just kept getting the short end of the stick, so to speak. Her moms passed, she sees ghost or shades as she calls them. Stuck in a town in the middle of no-where, when she's used to moving with the circus. Which is pretty neat, actually. The plot moves along well, it kept me entertained and enthralled. But I also found the stuff about the book confusing as was the relationships once they came out. It was just so jumbled and didn't seem like it was really needed. I felt the author could've made it simpler. But the concept was really interesting and it would be neat to see where this series goes.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author.

1 comment:

  1. While I was reading your review, I kept getting distracted by that gorgeous cover! Something about all of those red curls contrasted with the bright green grass just draws my eye. I want her hair! lol
    Sleight sounds fascinating, even though parts of it may be a bit confusing. Some of the confusion could possibly be cleared up in the sequel. I don't see ghosts, but I do have a mentally ill mother so Gemma may be a character I can relate to. I think I'm still going to grab this one! Great review!!


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