The Compulsive Reader: Revealers by Amanda Marrone

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Revealers by Amanda Marrone

Nestled in a regular Connecticut community is a coven of witches that have been keeping their area safe from werewolves, vampires, and demons for hundreds of years. For the youngest generation of the coven—Sascha, Margo, Zahara, Dani, and Jules—this is their life, and though they wish for a little more freedom, they recognize their responsibility.

They are all eager for their eighteenth birthdays, when they will be initiated into the inner circle of their coven along with their mothers and learn all of the coven's secrets. But as their birthdays start to pass by, Jules—the youngest of the witches—begins to realize that there is more going on in the coven than what their mothers are letting on, and her friends can't talk about—something that she's finding that she can't condone.

The overall impression that Revealers gives to the readers is rushed. While the plot is one that is unique and attention grabbing, many elements of the story, such as Jules' romantic interest, her training and background, and the twist towards the end of the novel fall short of expectations and instead the story races ahead to the next scene without taking sufficient time to cover each new event.

However, the dynamics between the girls are realistic: they're not the best of friends, they oftentimes frustrate each other, but they have a strong bond and know they're lives depend on them working together. The typical drama and angst when it comes to crushes is also present, and grounds the story to reality. And each girl's coping mechanism to the news their mothers have kept secret is also authentic—anger, aloofness, alcohol, denial, and determination.

The result? Revealers is an intriguing tale with realistic characters and emotions, full of relatable teenage tendencies, and fun bits of supernatural and magic, but the execution is weak and rushed, with gaping holes that could have been filled in easily to make the novel seem more like a complete story. Marrone should be willing to elaborate more and write a more extensive book, or keep her next book simple.

Also recommended: Night World No. 1 by L.J. Smith and Shadowland by Meg Cabot.

1 comment:

Chelsea said...

I have this here -- I think it sounds good, but I'm disappointed that you thought it was rushed. :/ I'm still excited to read it, though.q