Too Good Not to Review
Expected publication: April 28th 2011 by Carolrhoda Books
15 year old Savannah Grey has never felt she's belonged. She keeps her distance, so she's surprised by her attraction to the new boy Reece. Then strange things begin to happen: nature, it seems, is exerting an overpowering force on the world. Birds behave strangely; gusts of wind blow leaves so fiercely they seem to lure people away. And Savannah learns she has supernatural powers. Nature has a purpose for Savannah and her friends. For they are on course to meet the vile and evil Orcrassa, who wants to destroy the world by corrupting nature. And it wants Savannah Grey to help realize its savage intent.
This was my first experience with author Cliff McNish, and I am a new fan. I LOVED this book. He is a great storyteller. In fact, I would call him a master of descriptive imagery and quirky characterization. It has one of the best creepy opening chapters I've read in a long time, and what's even cooler is that it was totally creepy, yet humorous at the same time. I even made my 14-year-old (you know he's my book buddy) come and listen while I read parts of it to him - and it was only the first chapter!
I have read several reviews that do NOT rave about this book. Okay, fine, to each his own. I can tell you honestly though, that I disagree. While it has been criticized for moving too quickly and ending too abruptly, I think it was fluid and suspenseful and satisfying. I was hooked by page two and read straight through to the end. I could not put it down. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
Read Savannah Grey. I'd love to hear what you think. As for me, I'll be ordering more Cliff McNish books. If they are as awesome as this one, you'll be hearing about them, too!!
eBook from Lerner Publishing through Net Galley. Thanks Lindsay!
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