I got this from Book Divas, my first review book!! It took fifteen days to ship. Can you believe that? It's because I live in Canada. Anyways, here's the review!
Rowan of the Wood by Christine and Ethen Rose
Summary (from http://www.rowanofthewood.com/about.htmlabout.html): An ancient wizard possesses a young boy after a millennium of imprisonment in a magic wand. He emerges from the child in the face of danger and discovers Fiana, his new bride from the past, has somehow survived time and become something evil.
My review: I was so excited about this one. It's a heavy book for a paperback, and so far in my life of reading, that's gone well for me. Plus isn't that an awesome cover? I wanted to love this book with a passion, especially when I got an e-mail from one the authors saying that they looked forward to my review.
I'm really sad to say I didn't love it. Honestly, I really am. But I didn't, so I'm not going to lie and say I did. It was actually pretty hard for me to read, very slow going, and I normally read fast.
Now, I may be a bit of a book snob, but personally I could tell that this was a first book, like it wasn't as smoothly written as the books I usually read in this genre are. The dialogue sometimes seemed unrealistic to me, things real people would never say, and other than Cullen, Fiana and Rowan, the other characters seemed rather undeveloped. There's even a lot about Cullen himself the authors didn't elaborate on, and his foster family seemed like the stereotypical mean family, almost like a copy of the Dursley's from Harry Potter. They were very descriptive in the beginning of the book, and seemed to flesh out the characters, but as the book came to an end, it was like they were rushing to the end, and forgot to let the characters really be themselves if they weren't one of the main three. The point of view switched around a lot, and it may just be me, but I found that slightly confusing, and at times unnecessary. Last... *SPOILER ALERT* I hated the ending. It left things untied, almost unfinished in ways, and you could tell that they're planning on writing a sequel. And there wasn't a happy ending and that sucked! *DONE*
However, it could have been a lot worse and was a good story, well written for a first novel. I'm glad I read it.
Conclusion: If I were to grade books, this would be about a B-
So leave a comment if you want, and happy reading, guys.