Book Review: BETWIXT

betwixt coverAuthor: Tara Bray Smith

Number of Pages: 496

Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers

Release Date: October 1, 2007

“For three teenagers, dark mystery has always lurked at the corner of the eyes and the edge of sleep. Beautiful Morgan D’Amici wakes in her trailerpark home with dirt and blood under her fingernails. Paintings come alive under Ondine Mason’s violet-eyed gaze. Haunted runaway Nix Saint-Michael sees halos of light around people about to die. At a secret summer rave in the woods, the three teenagers learn of their true, changeling nature and their uncertain, intertwined destinies. Riveting, unflinching, beautiful, Betwixt shows a magic as complex and challenging as any ordinary reality.”


My feelings toward this book fluctuated greatly as I read it. Even now I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this book. The concept of the novel- that some people are actually fey and go through initiation in order to transform- was an interesting and creative one. I truly could not predict what would happen next, so there was a lot of suspense and plot twists along the way that were very unexpected. But even though the idea was interesting and complex I do not think it was executed well. The story seemed to drag forever and it took a while for the suspense to build up. I found myself wondering if the book would ever end, and then when I realized there were more books in the series I was actually disappointed. I was looking forward to having a definitive answer to all of my questions after trudging through this book.

The characters also disappointed me. There wasn’t one that I could really connect or relate to, which made it difficult to really invest my emotions in the horrible things that happened to them. Personally, I did not think that the characters had enough depth to them, and their personalities were not engaging or even likeable, for that matter. The characters were not introduced well in the beginning, and I was very confused for the first quarter of the book as to who was who and what exactly was happening. The writing itself was mediocre at best, which did not help to make things any better.

Overall, after writing this review I have finally concluded that I did not like this book. There aren’t many books that I strongly dislike, but this is definitely one of them. There just wasn’t anything I really liked about it, except for the concept of some people actually being fey. Other than that, Betwixt did not impress me at all.

My Rating: :0) :0) 2 out of 5 smileys, purely for the fact that the original concept was decent.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: NO.




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