02 February 2012

{Book Review} Harbinger

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 February 2012 at 8:18 AM | | | | | | | | | |


Author: Sara Wilson Etienne
Pages: 308
Format: ARC
Publisher: G. P Putnam’s Sons
Release Date: February 2nd 2012
Rating: 3.5 - 4 Birds

When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.

But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.

Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.

Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller.

Happy Book Birthday HARBINGER! To celebrate, my review on the novel!

I was first sucked into this novel with it’s amazing book trailer…oh  the mystry….oh the intrigue….*squee* (watch it HERE). Seriously, watch it and tell me you’re not dying to read the book too.

The novel itself didn’t disappoint on the mystery, suspense and intrigue either! It’s fast paced plot will keep you guessing and hold your interest through out. Cross my heart! *makes x on chest*

Holbrook Academy is masterfully created. Etienne spared no detail building this little world inside a world. Holbrook sits in a time when the world is collapsing around itself. The damages done to it by those who lived on it, is making the Earth more and more inhabitable. Yet, while in Holbrook you will never really suffer these same issues those on the outside have. Always food, always heat, and always people there trying to help you heal. in fact I often forgot of the trials and troubles of those outside the fence, because we don’t really actually see it, only hear of it in small doses.

Our cast of characters, Family Five as they are labeled at Holbrook are an interesting bunch. We get a little bit of everything in these kids. Strong and quiet, mysterious, spitfire and ready for a fight….like I said a little of everything. I really love that we had so many important roles in this book, it only made it better to have them all! At some point through out, Faye needs these additional personalities to play off of, too keep her above the water and to remember to keep fighting.

The ending of this novel is so TOTALLY not what I was expecting in the slightest. It was very interesting, I promise not something you have read in YA Fiction. To say I was taken by surprise is an understatement!

If I’m being 100% honest, I loved, loved, loved the whole book, but only liked, liked, liked the ending. I know, I just said it was new and interesting and different and who doesn’t want that…yes – I know. Basically for me it was so completely not what I was expecting I was a little blindsided by it. I wonder really how it will be accepted by the YA readers, who are always looking for new and different yes… but I  wonder if this was maybe a little too different.

Questions: Have you read Harbinger? What did you think of the ending? Were you expecting it? Sound off in the comments!

Stay tuned next month for an awesome art release from Sara for Harbinger. To see all the currently released art for the novel, fan made and other, click HERE

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  1. I just ordered this and I am really excited for it. I was trying to hold off since I don't have the time to read it right now, but I couldn't help it with all the great reviews on it.

  2. I'm really looking forward to reading this book! I was excited after seeing the trailer a week or so ago, and now, after reading your review, well, I'm even more psyched. It sounds like an amazing blend of mystery and intrigue.

  3. Ok...now i wanna know the ending..going to order it..LOL
    Great review!

  4. I can't wait to read this one! I didn't realize that it even existed until I saw the trailer- holy cow it looks awesome! Thanks for the great review!

  5. So I ordered this without knowing what it was about, due to the gorgeous cover and the early glowing reviews.

    Having now watched that insanely creepy book trailer, and reading your review, I am so glad I bought a book based on cover love!

    I'm really interested to see what I think of this new and different ending...


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