Ever have one of those days when you are so anxious to read a good book and are totally left wondering what went wrong? Well today's review of Addison Moore's Ethereal, kind of did it to me. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all a disappointment, but it sure didn't live up to my great expectations. I should reread that as well sometime soon!
Sixteen year-old, Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.
When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.
Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but Logan’s reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.
Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in. Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels wants her dead, at least she still has Logan, or does she?
FROM MY PERSPECTIVE:
I am shocked and very disappointed in this YA paranormal tale. I had read in the past Moore's Someone to Love and it had fairly well developed characters, was interesting and I enjoyed it. This book did not compare favorably.
In this book, the story read as disjointed and the only character of any quality was Gage, Logan's cousin. He was the only character with any depth. Logan and Skyla were very shallow and not well developed at all. Skyla was an immature sixteen at best. Now I can understand youthful lust, but I can not understand her decisions and indecision throughout the story. I got that she and her real dad were close, I got that she didn't like the new stepfather and how he demeaned her mother. But she just didn't seem realistic in her behavior toward them.
I thought the idea of the story was interesting, but I had just read and posted a review for a similar story (Significance by Shelly Crane) and by comparison, I found Ethereal lacking. I know this was the first in the Celestra series, so I expected the building of this paranormal world, and the introduction of a race beyond humanity. But I also expected a cohesiveness to the story. This lacked that and left me wanting.
The book wasn't all bad and maybe if I had read it before Shelly Crane's book, I would have taken more pleasure in it.
I rated this as a 3 wink read.