24 February 2013

{Book Review} Silver-White

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 February 2013 at 10:43 AM | | | | | | | | | |

The Great North Woods Pack #1
Author: Shawn Underhill
Pages: 169
Release Date: January 22, 2013 
Rating: 3.5 Birds

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”
~ Robert Frost
*Evie’s family has been holding out on her …
Big time.
On an unexpected visit to her grandparents’ house in New Hampshire’s secluded North Woods, the sixteen-year-old literally runs into the truth of the long-hidden family secrets, and finds herself thrust without warning into the clandestine world of the Great North Pack—a wild and exhilarating world of rugged beauty, heart-pounding adventures, and long nights running under a sea of stars … but as she’s set to discover, a world also fraught with potential dangers lurking in the shadows.

I have mixed feelings about SILVER-WHITE. On the one hand, there’s an intriguing backstory that spans centuries and a captivating situation that keeps Evie on her toes. On the other hand, the writing felt slightly underdeveloped and the story unfinished.

The first half of the novel is spent on set-up, character development, and backstory. Evie seemed to just float along through this section, lost amidst her secretive family members. Maybe I would be doing the same thing if I found out that I was a shapeshifter. Who knows? But I, as a reader, felt adrift as well. I wanted to grab Evie’s story arc, but only found historical tidbits of the Ludlow family. This history was truly fascinating. I wanted to know more about the family’s past as guardians and learn how it affects Evie’s present.

After spending so much time with the characters in the first half, I didn’t feel like I truly knew them until the second half of SILVER-WHITE. The action kicked in full speed and the characters were forced to make decisions. It's as if each character was dropped under a magnifying lens, allowing me to see them clearly and finally discover the story arc.

I was fully captivated with the story, and then . . . it just ended. Evie was left with multiple threats closing in on her and there was no real resolution to anything that happened in the novel. SILVER-WHITE feels like the first third or half of a story, rather than a full-length, stand-alone novel.

Despite my frustrations with SILVER-WHITE, I’m endlessly curious about what happens to Evie next. I will be pondering her fate until the sequel lights up my eReader. And isn’t that the true test of a good story? That it keeps its reader engaged and wanting more? I think so.


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