Friday, January 25, 2013

The Gypsy King : a YA Historical Novel

Summary: A runaway slave with a shadowy past, sixteen-year-old Persephone has spent four long years toiling beneath the leering gaze of her despised owner and dreaming of a life where she is free to shape her own destiny. Then, one night, a chance encounter with a handsome chicken thief named Azriel changes her life forever.

Sold to him for a small bag of gold coins, Persephone soon discovers what she already suspected: namely, that Azriel is not what he seems. And when she realizes that he believes Persephone has a special destiny—she is determined to escape him and his impossibly broad shoulders.

But things are no longer as simple as they once were. Torn between her longing for freedom and her undeniable feelings for the handsome thief with the fast hands and the slow smile, Persephone faces the hardest choice she will ever have to make. And no one least of all her—could have imagined the shocking truth her decision will reveal.
Review: To be honest it took me quite some time to get into the book and it was very hard for me to feel any kinship with the characters but I’m glad I stuck to it because the storyline was interesting and there was some things that I actually didn’t expect and I always have to give kudos to plot twists.
Anyways, I think (the author) did a great job creating the back story behind this book and it is entertaining.  The story flows nicely and is well written but I couldn’t help but find the characters a little bit flat and it was harder than I thought to stick to the story.
Persephone is an interesting character even if she is getting on my nerves for the main part of the book and I was so glad Maureen created Azriel even if I didn’t feel kinship to him mist of the time he was the character I liked a lot. Him and Persephone really grown in this novel and I can’t help but wonder how they will evolve in book 2.
I would say the story picks up about ¼ in the book and the ending really took me by surprise which let me think I will check book 2 for sure because I’m intrigued on how it is going to go.
I’m very picky on my historical novels but I think this book will be appealing to the diehard fans and I feel bad that I didn’t enjoy this book more than I did because the plot and storyline was so original and interesting.
In Conclusion:  I think this book will be enjoyable for the fans of Historical novels.  The only thing that is really missing in this book is maybe a better way to convey feelings and give dimension to the characters it would have been close to perfect.
Stars 3/5

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