Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves Book 1)
By Morgan Rhodes
Expected Publication Date: June 2015
Bang Bang Rating: 3/5
Crys is a photographer and one day a mysterious book appears at her family’s bookstore. Maddox is a privileged 19 year old whose family is a member of a secret society run by Markus King and Markus wants that book.
Dang, That Was Good
* Unpredictable. I’m a big fan of the Falling Kingdoms series and the main reason is the twists and turns. YA fiction tends to be formulaic but Rhodes manages to craft a story that the reader doesn’t see coming. This is true of Spirits and Thieves. I found myself screaming out loud at some of the revelations-I love when that happens.
*Changing points of view. Once again, Rhodes writes this story from the point of view from three different characters. One character is a citizen of Mytica. (I was informed that although the city and Valoria/Cleonia appear in Spirits, it isn’t a prequel to Falling Kingdoms.) I like varying POVs because it allows the reader to see what other characters are feeling. Some people find it confusing.
*Mixing of time periods. The story goes back and forth between modern day Toronto and an alternate dimension (I think) Mytica. One of the three characters is a teen in Mytica and the other two are in modern day Toronto. They all have one thing in common, that book.
That’s Too Bad, Dang
* That Ending-Dammit! It was good right up until the final 30 pages. When Crys meets with Markus, the actions of some of the characters just fall apart.
If you are a fan of Falling Kingdoms, you will like this new series. Spirits is a roller coaster ride of magic, boys with horrible parents, and secrets. The ending is the downfall of this otherwise exciting book.
I received this eARC from Edelweiss