Monday, April 18, 2011

Hex, A Witch & Angel Tale by Ramona Wray [Review]

4 out of 5 Robots!

 Hex, A Witch & Angel Tale
Author: Ramona Wray
Genre: Young Adult
Release: January 29, 2011
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN-10: 1452871574
ISBN-13: 978-1452871578
My Copy: Author
Reviewer: Dewey

My Review:
If ever you should take the phrase “never judge a book by its cover” seriously, this is the most important rule with this book. I will admit to finding myself a little weary at reading this story with the bright pink cover and animated drawings, but was I ever glad I took the chance. This book is refreshing with its story, it seemed to be so different from the many other supernatural fantasy books I often read. I found myself completely unable to put this book down and feel almost sad that it is over.

It is an amazing story about a 17-year old girl who feels like the outcast, just as most of us do at some point in our lives. However, Lily Crane has something special about her that really does make her an outcast. She possesses a rare “gift” where she is able to learn everything about someone’s life, past present, and future by a simple touch. Though the “gift” seems to be more of a curse as she experiences extreme pain and most often passes out from a mere touch. Her gift is also not a secret to her peers, which of course makes everyone steer clear of her. Thankfully she has an amazing best friend, J, who is unique in her own way has always accepted Lily for who she is.

Life suddenly becomes a lot more complicated for Lily when a dark mysterious and extremely gorgeous boy at her school suddenly becomes very interested in her. Lily can’t help her sudden, almost unavoidable attraction and connection with Ryder Kingscott. There is something so different about him, other than the amazing fact that she is able to touch him without pain, it’s the way she feels around him…safe, almost like she is home. Though it isn’t long before complications start- in the form of a new student, yet another gorgeous boy seeking Lily’s attention. But the strange part is not that these two delicious boys want Lily at the same time, it’s that the anger towards each other is almost bizarre, and it’s as if they've met before. Lily’s new relationship with Ryder is made difficult as both boys try to convince her that the other is dangerous. And although she is told by Ryder to just accept their new love for what it is, Lily can’t help but try to discover the truth behind both Ryder and the new stranger and why she feels the way she does around them. Her investigation turns up an even more complicated and confusing story than imagined and she is forced to make difficult decisions… but any path she chooses seems to be deadly.

The writing is spectacular and I never felt lost or bored throughout the entire story. It kept my interest peaked consistently as I tried to figure out the path the story was taking. It has so many fun factors that make it unique and sets it apart from many other young adult books. There is, of course, young love, betrayal and mystery... But it also involved mythology and history making the book intriguing to say the least. It’s a definite must-read and I look forward to more books from this author in the future.

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