by Melissa Burmester
Summary (From Goodreads.com):
Ginger High is no ordinary school. It is a school for students with special powers. Many years ago people came to Earth from the Kingdom of Animist, a parallel universe. Two long time friends, Matthias and Amanta, attended the school and then returned home to Animist. The school has had many unexplained deaths. Daisy Fisher attends the school after her old school burns down. Matthias and Amanta are called back to the school to help solve the mysteries. What are powers? And what is with this crazy school? Welcome to Ginger High.
How to put this nicely… I did not enjoy this book. My husband was ready to kill me because I kept on reading paragraphs out loud and saying “What????”. And he was EVEN more surprised when I actually finished it. And this is why:
I’m breaking it down to really explain what is wrong with this book…
The characters are bland, often described only by name or as their gender. At times, you’re not even sure who the adults are and who the kids are – because there is a severe lack of characterization in both description and dialogue. Also, when you have a lot of characters and none of them stick in your head, it’s hard to keep track of them and the plot.
Plot – The biggest clue of a problem with plot is if your readers have no clue what is going on. I mean, at some point it focuses to solving a string of murders. The jumping time frame really messes with your head as well. I felt like there really wasn’t a central plot bringing everything together.
Fantasy elements – I love the idea of another world – Animist – unfortunately, when the characters are in Animist – well, there is a severe lack of description and you only know the characters are there because the author blatantly points it out. Vampires were also a predominant feature but even though they were evil, they weren’t all that scary. Again, because of the bland descriptions or lack thereof.
What stuck with me: The ominous descriptions of wooden bracelets.
I feel severely guilty writing this review. I understand the author was 12 when writing this novel, but it’s not a novel that should be published. I believe that, as a writer at 12, she did not have enough writing experiences to properly describe and develop this novel. I love the potential this book had, but the book itself was something that would need a lot more work before being sent to print. And, frankly, I’m surprised it did.