I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Suburban Strange #1
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on October 2nd, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult
Source: requested from publisher
Shy Celia Balaustine is new to Suburban High, but a mysterious group of sophomores called the Rosary has befriended her. Friends aside, Celia soon discovers something is not quite right at Suburban. Girls at the school begin having near-fatal accidents on the eve of their sixteenth birthdays. Who is causing the accidents, and why? As Celia’s own birthday approaches, she is inexorably drawn into an underground conflict between good and evil—the Kind and the Unkind—that bubbles beneath Suburban High. Plentiful references to music and art—along with the intriguing underworld mythology—make this supernatural series debut a page-turner.
Celia’s starting the tenth grade at Suburban high school. The shy and quiet teenager befriends Regine during an art class and she finds herself being welcomed into their clique called The Rosary. Eccentric, sophisticated and unique, their group strives to be different and goes out of their way to help Celia navigate the icy waters of high school. On the first day of school she witnesses a girl go into shock due to her allergy with bees. Then more girls start to get hurt. Celia’s caught in the middle and doesn’t understand what’s going on.
The urban fantasy setting was wonderful. The club they hung out at sounded fabulous and every detail that Nathan wrote about was clear-cut in my head. The pacing on the other hand left much to be desired. I felt it was incredibly too long. Some chapters could have been edited down or even taken away because it didn’t help the story as much as it did. It wasn’t needed. Another thing that completely bugged me was the instant love. Her thoughts were completely one dimensional and I really wanted to shake Celia. You barely know the guy and you’re in love? (Booo, girlie you need to slow down!)
The writing was beautifully done, and Nathan writes so well but I just needed something more. That extra push to fall in love with the characters. Plot development was lacking in several areas, and I found it to develop so very slowly that I wasn’t even sure of I wanted to keep on going. Yet, I persevered and was immensely disappointed by the ending. I’m not going to rush out and find out what happens in the next book, because I felt this one could have been a stand-alone!
Pass on this one if you’re not into magic or long winded chapters. Read it if you love Nathan’s descriptive writing style or if you enjoy magic.