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Monday, August 13, 2012

Spiral Review!

I have been a fan of Maddy Edwards since I stumbled upon her One Black Rose series.  Her ideas are fresh and have an original take to whatever her subject matter is.  Her newest book Spiral is a completely new idea in my opinion.  I have never really heard of Unicorn lore before and Spiral was definitely something new to read!  

First of all, I thought the characters in the book were fantastic.  That is something that I think Maddy does supremely well, she creates characters who are vibrant and multi-faceted.  I also think that the initial introduction of Pierce was very well plotted. It created a sense of mystery, but not so much that we as readers felt out of the loop.  I also think that Natalie was characterized in such a way that came off innocent, yet not naive and annoying.  I feel like there was some disconnection at parts of the story, mainly with the dreams of the spider man.  They were kind of resolved, but I didn't feel a completion to them.  I'm thinking that it may be unveiled in the next book?  

Another thing worthy of note within the book was the masks that so many characters wear.  In the final pages of the book, we don't really know who is team good and who is team evil.  I love this about Maddy's books, because she creates villains who have actual human qualities.  I admire that an author can make us question whether a person's motives are good or bad.   My only major point of contention was that I wish Jackson had been introduced a little earlier.  I think his presence creates a wonderful tension between certain characters, but I also think that it would have been great to see a little more interaction with him and the girls, just to further establish a more finite connection. 

Overall I think that this is a wonderful addition to Maddy's growing collection of books.  I really thought the concepts in it were fantastic and new.  It's great to see an author kind of go in a direction with subject matter that isn't grossly over saturated on the market right now.  Hats off to you Maddy!  Cannot wait for the next book in the series!! 

Spiral Blurb! 

A romance slam . . . A mysterious stranger named Pierce and an old friend named Jackson . . .

Natalie is about to turn eighteen and her life is being turned upside-down.

She's having nightmares, and when Pierce tells her that she's a descendant of unicorns, with the ability to heal, and that there are powerful mages after her, she knows that nothing will ever be the same again.

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