Book: Sisters of blood and spirit
Author: Kady Cross
Read: 10th February, 2016
Rating: 2.75/5 Stars
Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.
Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.
Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.
The rating may seem like I didn’t like this book, but that’s not true, I did like it, I just couldn’t give it a full 3 stars because I’ve read other books that I’ve given 3 stars which I enjoyed more than this one…see my dilemma? Also can I just mention how stunning the cover is?! Anyway, I’ll continue…
I loved the start of this book, and thought It started out very promising, but as I continued reading it just went in a direction I wasn’t really hoping it would go.
The beginning included a school setting, ghosts, and a gripping back story to the characters, all in which I feel was lost after the first 50 pages or so.
Also, one thing that really bugged me was that the whole book consisted of talk about the suicide attempt by Lark, which set up the novel to where it was going to go, yet it was never explained or even talked about in detail, it was as if readers were already meant to know exactly what they were talking about everytime it was mentioned. Maybe this’ll be explained in more detail in the sequel?
The characters, I felt I couldn’t really get attached to and I found some quite annoying, like Lark. Lark is one of our two main protagonists (as this book is told in dual point of view through different chapters), and I found her to be so aggravating and just downright painful to read from most of the time. Wren was the other POV, she was a little more interesting (because she’s a ghost), and much less aggraving than Lark, although she still did have her moments.
At times I just got completley confused with the characters, and what was going on with them. The writing to me felt as if it was trying to appeal to the stereotyped version of ‘teenagers’, such as using unnessecary slang words or internal monolouge.
As well as this, at times it felt like the author was attempting to hint at something but was not being subtle at all, like she thought us readers were not smart enough to figure it out on our own (which I’m 99% sure was not the intention of the author at all, I’m just saying how it felt). Thus, a few things I did work out before they were revelaed, or even thought about by the characters yet.
I feel like this book had a lot of potential, but didn’t quite meet that point for me, although it was still entertaining to read, and I did enjoy it despite its faults.