Written by: Augusta Blythe
Release date: April, 2011
Source: Augusta Blythe
Sixteen-year old Mia Winterborne is destined to be special. Details are sketchy, though, as her dad disappeared with all the answers when she was five. Mia only knows that she'll inherit her kickass superpowers on her seventeenth birthday. Helping Mia prepare for her anticipated ascendancy is Loie Bryce, her best friend and eternal sidekick extraordinaire. The girls' intense friendship has never wavered until now, when Andreas arrives in Salcey Ridge. They both fall hard for the British hottie, who quickly becomes a fixture in their lives. When they discover that Andreas is not who he appears to be, the frightening reality of Mia's powers finally hits home. The nearer Mia's birthday draws, the more the danger escalates and long-buried lies are exposed, putting the girls on a path that they never expected.
So this book had it’s ups and downs. Some parts I really enjoyed reading and others not so much.
Because of the description I thought that Mia would be the narrator of this story. But it’s not, it’s Loie. I thought this was strange, because really nothing major happens to her. Everything that happens for most part of the book happens to her best friend Mia. Both of the characters are likable, but one of them is 80% of the time annoying. Quess who? Yep, it’s Loie. She could have used a bit more ‘umph’ or as Willem Neiholt (musical legend in Holland) says ‘possess’. Her actions are off and she keeps repeating that she has a crush on the boy of her best friend. Also she has low self esteem.
The pacing of the story begins slow and ends up fast. In the beginning there where a few boring chapters. It’s not that nothing happened in these chapters, but the setup was not that great and did not hold my attention. The last three/four chapters where amazing. Finally there’s action and answers I was waiting for. I did not see the surprise at the end coming, it totally made the story better.
All in all the ending of Winterborne made up for the slow pace and at times annoying narrator.