Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review: Prophecy Girl by Cecily White

Goodreads summary:

Amelie Bennett. . . . Ending the world, one prophecy at a time.

I was born to slay Crossworld demons.
Big black flappy ones, little green squirmy ones. Unfortunately, the only thing getting slain these days is my social life. With my high school under attack, combat classes intensifying, and Academy instructors dropping right and left, I can barely get my homework done, let alone score a bondmate before prom.
Then he shows up.
Jackson Smith-Hailey. Unspeakably hot, hopelessly unattainable, and dangerous in all the right ways. Sure, he’s my trainer. And okay, maybe he hates me. Doesn’t mean I’ll ignore the wicked Guardian chemistry between us. It’s crazy! Every time I’m with him, my powers explode. Awesome, right?
Now my teachers think I’m the murderous Graymason destined to bring down our whole race of angelbloods. Everyone in New Orleans is hunting me. The people I trusted want me dead. Jack and I have five days to solve the murders, prevent a vampire uprising, and thwart the pesky prophecy foretelling his death by my hand. Shouldn’t be too difficult.

Getting it done without falling in love. . . that might take a miracle.

My review:

Although I enjoyed Prophecy Girl, it felt like there was something missing at times.  I wasn't totally crazy about the romance, and the plot did feel a bit like your typical paranormal story.  Still, I really enjoyed the main character Amelie's voice and some of the side characters.

What I didn't like: Okay, I couldn't stand the romance at first.  That's because it's insta-love, and while there are a few cases where insta-love can work, I didn't buy it.  To me, it seemed like Amelie was making a fool of herself.  But, later on in the story, as the plot begins to develop and we find out more about Jack, I was able to enjoy it more.

Also, the plot is a bit predictable at times.  Sometimes, it seemed like there should've been less romance and more action.  There's a nice twist at the end that I enjoyed, though.

What I liked: Amelie!  What an awesome main character.  She's snarky and hilarious.  I hate paranormal stories that have melodramatic, wimpy heroines, so it was a great change to read about Amelie!  I love her sense of humor, and I love how she won't stop at anything to do protect those she loves.

I think the wide range of side characters really add to the story, too.  I still can't decide whether I like Jack or not.  He's okay to me, but I'm sure there will be a lot of readers who end up loving him.  I loved the other characters though - Amelie's dad, and her many friends.  They were great additions to the story.

So, while Prophecy Girl isn't my favorite paranormal story ever, it's definitely worth a read.  I'm glad I got the chance to read it.  Fans of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare or the Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout will especially want to check out this fun book!

* I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks!

My rating:  6 out of 10 (3 stars)

~ The Bookworm

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