***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***Songstruck by Sofia Black
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Isabel Poole is a wonderful storyteller. So wonderful, in fact, that her audiences tend to believe that the fairytales she tells are true. They aren't, of course, because magic isn't real.
That's what Isabel tells herself, until the day she's proven wrong.
On what should have been an entirely normal, entirely dull day, a strange melody fills the air and captures Isabel's attention. Leaving her home behind, she follows the song into the forest and finds its source: fae twins, intent on spiriting her away. They need her—or rather, the spark of magic inside of her—to help them end a war that is tearing their world apart. A wise person would refuse. A wise person would run home and forget about the fae and their war and their magic. A wise person never would have followed the music into the forest to begin with.
Isabel never claimed to be wise.
I think of these books as ‘crossover’ books. The main character begins in one land and ends up in another. What I liked about this is Isabel didn’t come from our times. Our world, yes, but more in the past. It worked well and the explanation made sense. Being that Isabel is 15, she acted and behaved like a typical 15 year old and it worked quite well. She came across sometimes as childish and spoiled, and yet could be quite grown up and responsible as well. Teens behave this way during this time in their lives, so it was perfect.
The plot itself shows great promise. Some things you expect were there, but there were parts that completely surprised me. I quite enjoyed being surprised as I wasn’t expecting it. However, the writing could be tightened up. The beginning was a little jumpy and confusing in places. As with many indie books, Sofia hit her stride about midway through the book and the story began to flow better. It picked up momentum and continued strong to the end. One thing I did have problems with was the conflict resolution. There was a lot of build up to many scenes and then the resolution didn’t quite seem to hold up its end of the bargain. The build up to each conflict was great, so they deserved a great resolution.
Sofia shows promise as an author and will only continue to grow in her craft as she progresses.
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