The Twin Prophecies: Rebirth by Nina Perez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The fictional worlds of supernatural creatures are riddled with clichés: The Romantic Poet Vampire, The Pixie Fairy, The Werewolf Brute, and The Reluctantly Bad Witch. There are only so many ways you can combine these monsters, and it seemed recently that all of those ways had been exploited. Then you started getting combinations: The Pixie Witch, The Fairy Brute, etc. That was fun for a while, but even that was played out and eventually failed to amuse.
So imagine my surprise when I realized that Nina Perez wasn't doing any of this. The author has created whole new mythologies for the world of The Twin Prophesies, and she told the story with a fresh and competent voice. We encounter two teenage kids who are simultaneously put through the most heart-wrenching of tragedies. Naturally, sharing the experience of having your world turned upside-down can bond people, but there's so much more waiting that will bond them even more closely together. You get to experience the discovery of the world-behind-the-world from their eyes, and it truly is magical -- but more than the magical exodus you're taking with them from innocent and ignorant childhood to the responsibilities and power of adulthood, you learn about THEM: Moody and withdrawn Violet who's never quite felt at home with herself, and cocky, rebellious Jack, who is acting out against everyone who wants to help him through the most profound and disturbing transitions of his life. And I'm not talking about puberty.
From unrepentantly sexy vampires to secret coalitions to plots to literally wake the dead, you'll be surprised by the secrets the author keeps until the very end of the book. I know I was. I'm eager to read the next book in the series, and I'm sure you will be, too.
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