Monday, May 23, 2011

Savannah Grey (ARC)

Author: Cliff McNish
Genre: Young Adult – Adventure/Supernatural
Publication Date: April 1, 2011
Publisher:  Lerner Publishing Group
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages:  272
Date Scoot Read: April 2011
: eGalley from NetGalley and Lerner Publishing Group

Scoot's Rating: 4- Mixed feelings.

Synopsis (via Goodreads)
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.

Scoot’s Review:
Strange things have started to happen to Savannah; her throat is making strange mechanical noises and she can’t let anyone too near her.  At a chance meeting she runs into a boy who seems to have similar symptoms.  Struggling to solve the mystery and purpose of their oddness, Savannah and Reece work together against overwhelming forces of opposition.  Nature and monsters collide in this fast-paced supernatural adventure.  I felt like the story was a bit scattered and rushed.  The plot moved too quickly in some places; instant understanding, instant powers, instant – everything, yet at the same time managed to leave you confused.   Savannah and Reece were good leads and their attraction seemed genuine. However, the characters I felt were the most developed and had the most depth were the monsters. They had the strongest emotional pull for me and at one point almost had me in tears. I really enjoyed the small monster sections in between chapters of Savannah with their perspectives.  It was interesting and something you don’t see often.  I was surprised by the big twist in the story and didn’t clue into it until the last moment, so that was enjoyable.  The story and plot seemed to have a lot of potential but felt like it was too scattered and just missing things. Savannah Grey was a blend of loss, love, betrayal, and adventure.  The ending was rather abrupt and I would have been happier to have a little more understanding and closure on the situation. 



1 comment:

Bookworm1858 said...

I agree that the monsters were more developed; I kept looking forward to returning to their story because I found it more compelling. However I liked that the ending was abrupt; as quickly as the monsters entered Savannah's life, they were gone.


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