This is the most excited have been to do a book review in a long time because this is the most excited I have been about a book in a long time. Not to disparage any of the other books I have reviewed. I just fell in love with this book.
Eyes of Lightning is my best fiction read of 2012!
I am a book snob with some classes in literary theory under her belt, so there are many books that I do not recommend or finish reading. This is not one of those books! I will admit there was one time that I thought, "That seemed forced." I think that was in the first third of the book because after that I was too hooked on the story and the characters.
There were multiple times I sighed and mentally tried to talk some sense into the main character. In my opinion if you talk to the characters, then the author has done her job. I was so enmeshed into the world she created that I forgot the distance between the fictional Galena and the real North Carolina. I saw myself walking beside Ivy and feeling like that awkward teenage girl again. Fabulous!
There were several twists that I didn't see coming. The development of Ivy's friendships was not something that I expected or saw coming. It was however realistic and a natural trajectory. I never saw the end coming together that way either, but I see there was no other way to end it. And speaking of endings this is Book 1, so I worried how it would end. It ended at a very natural place and still left me wanting more. I don't know how I will wait until Fall 2013 for the next book!
If you liked Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, or the Twilight series, you need to get this book and read it!
If you hated those series, you need to read this book to restore your faith in the genre!
Buy it now! Read it now!