The Revealers by Amanda Marrone

I am so glad…you don’t even know…that this book was good. I saw so much potential in her first book, Uninvited, and was so disappointed that I just had to go out and find her newest release. I know, it’s not typical to keep reading an author that you are disappointed in, but sometimes you have to suck it up and try again.

I wrote a pretty ugly review of her first novel, but here I would like to only say how much I liked it.

I don’t know that I want to give away any of the plot or plot twists. Let’s just say that the book is about a group of witches, young girls, that are about to turn 18. Each girl is excited to learn the secret of the coven on their 18th birthday, wanting to know why they have so many traditions to follow and why there are big consequences if they are challenged.

As each girl in turn becomes 18, they learn the secrets of the coven and have to face the challenges that lay ahead of them. Will they stick to the traditions of their mothers or will they go against the coven and regret it?

It’s a short read, but well worth it. It kept me wanting to know more throughout. One thing I do want to say is, the main girl in the story, Jules, I wanted to know more about her relationship with Connor, boyfriend and coven leaders son.

Uninvited by Amanda Marrone

I was really, really hoping for this to be a great book. The cover looked awesome, all the reviews that I read made me think it’d be great. And then I read it. I hate being negative on a book, because I know how much it takes to write a novel and put it out there. And I’m not saying it was bad. It was really well written and had good characters, but I just didn’t like the plot.

Instead of just saying that I didn’t like it, let me do a quick summary and then say why I didn’t like it.

Ok, so Jordan is one of those girls in high school that we either knew, was best friends with, or we might actually have been her. She’s friends with girls, because well it’s convenient. They don’t really have much in common, they don’t really talk to each other, they just hang and waste time. They aren’t good influences for you, but who cares, right? At least you have someone to call “friend”.

Jordan met Michael when she was babysitting. They spent the entire summer hanging out and having fun in the backseat of his car. But once school started in the fall, she realized that they weren’t meant to be together. She was a loner that had few friends. She was shy and didn’t like to be the center of attention. Michael on the other hand was the opposite. He was the classic jock, was famous for his athletic skills and infamous for being an ass to those he deemed unworthy. So, she breaks up with Michael.

After a couple of months, Michael is involved in an accident and is killed. Michael has been attacked by a vampire and has changed. Every night after this he comes to Jordan’s window and pleads with her to let him in. He tells her how much he misses her and loves her and yadda yadda. Jordan doesn’t know what to do. She never lets him in, but she is very tempted to let him in and see what he wants.

Ok, so this is the main plot. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but to get my point across of why I don’t like this, I kind of have to do just that.

Michael gets to the point that he’s getting mad, because Jordan won’t let him inside. Jordan is getting mad because she can’t go anywhere, because she is afraid what Michael might do to her.

Jordan eventually decides to go to a party that one of her friends has invited her to attend. She gets wasted and almost “hooks up” with a random guy. Instead realizes what she’s doing is wrong and of course, Michael shows up. She runs from him and ends up spending the night with a friend making sure she gets home alright.

One thing leads to another and she decides to tell Michael that she doesn’t love him anymore and that they never were meant to be together. Michael then admits that he isn’t there because he loves her, but that he hates her for dumping him before he could get rid of her.

I was really into the book, until it started getting a little monotonous. Every night at the window, every night she says no. Not until the very last part of the book does she even start to do something about Michael. Yes, vampires are supposed to be conniving, and yes people hold grudges. BUT, I don’t think the story unraveled well. Now that I’m thinking about it, I think it all just goes a little too slow for me. Jordan goes through things more on a mental level than actually physically doing something about her problems.

I don’t know if I’ve gotten what I really mean across. I know that it sounds good in my head. (That’s all that matters, right?)