Author: Mariam Maarouf
Published: April 22, 2011
Rating: 3 Birds
In life, nothing is the same as it seems. People create masks –identities – to hide who they really are –some for noble reasons, or nefarious ones, but only a tiny fraction because they must.
Alessandra and Damien, or Rosalie and Daniel, were once the Princess and Prince of La Pacifica until they were forced out of the beautiful island. Eight months flew by, and they finally began to settle in Alexandria, Egypt, when they found out that they didn’t leave their past behind them, and that they were both wanted urgently.
I had a weird experience reading this book, I don’t know how to describe it to you. I think it was simply that I didn’t really connect with it in full. It’s not to say it didn’t contain a decent story line underneath it all, because I think all in all it did. I just had a hard time making that much needed connection with the characters.
I think that this has to do with the changing POVs. I’m not entirely a huge fan of this to begin with, so in order for me to dig it, it has to flow and be spot on. I felt the movement between the POVs could have used a little work. For instance, let’s just use the beginning of the book for an example (don’t worry, no spoilers!)
We start with the antagonists POV for the prologue. Common, yes. And might I add very cool when it does happen.
Then we jump to third person for a few chapters. Then we jump into first person, Alessandra’s. Then to Damien’s. And so on and so forth. It was jumpy to me, much too jumpy.
There were some cultural differences in the writing. As Mariam Maarouf lives in Egypt some things came out sounding forced and not “American” enough. Certainly not a problem, except that she is aiming her main audience for the US I believe.
Maarouf has a wonderful idea and fantastic imagination. I think that she has amazing amounts of potential. While Rosie didn’t mesh well with me, I want you to read it and give me your opinion on it as well. Really I think an editor or beta reader from the US to help tighten up the “slang" would give this book a little extra push.
I have to comment on the cover, I am a cover snob – it really is eye catching isn’t it? Bravo on it!
I’m giving the book 3 Birds
**NOTE - Please know I spoke with Mariam after the review went up and I have a misprint with in the review. She is NOT aiming this to the US audience. Please not this when reading. Thank you and my apologies the author for the misprint.**