Allison van Diepen
This is probably one of the shortest reviews I've done lately. And it's simply because this novel, while okay, wasn't that special. It had the potential, but it just didn't quite make it.
Amy is in love with a fictional character from her favorite series Otherworld. (Who hasn't been there?) He's the less popular of the male characters, Alexander Banks. But one night, when she finds herself attacked extremely violently she looks into the face of her rescuer and it's Alexander Banks. She gives him a place to stay for a few days with her mother and sister and her and tries to believe what's before her eyes. It's like a dream come true! The nightmare though is that Alexander followed a vicious vampire named Vigo into Amy's world.
I like Amy. But that's all. I didn't feel her friendships. I didn't feel her sister's animosity. I didn't feel Amy's anger towards her father. And I really didn't feel the relationship between her and Alexander. However, I'm trying to keep in mind they she knew him already through the book. He however did not and is trying to "court" her as they did back in his time/world. Still, they felt shallow and the relationship happened too fast.
It was a great idea and the way Alexander's presence was explained made perfect sense. It just all felt flat to me. There was no spark, no tension, even where there should have been, no feeling from me while I read. Maybe the novel needed to be longer. That way, the characters could have been more developed, had more time together to show their relationships. I was really excited about reading this one. I had imagined a girl, late at night seeing a character step out of the pages of a book, maybe in a bookstore, and disappear into the night with her following discreetly. But, no such luck. And I was left disappointed in general with the book.
Heather in Sandwich