Now, without further adieu, the review...
Overall Impression: ***
Where recieved: Netgalley (if you don't have an account, you should!)
Release Date: March 7th, 2011 (ie- this is my FIRST ARC EVER!!! It made me feel very special, and you can do it too!)
Short synopsis (Goodreads): It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.
When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.
My Review: Let me start off by saying I actually read this book quite a while ago. I just haven't gotten around to posting it yet. I'm not too sure of the policy of how soon to release a review (and I can't figure out how to contact the publisher through netgalley) so I just thought I would post my review as close to the date as possible (and now I want to get it off my review pile so I can move on to other books...you understand I'm sure).
Anyways, I first heard about this book from the Story Siren. She was talking about how the cover had changed a couple of times. I do like the cover. The colors are calm, but the fact that she is running engages you and makes you want to find out what happens. I feel that the story was a lot like that. What I liked most about it was I wanted to know what would happen with the characters. They were engaging. The story line itself was interesting, but not as diverting as I had originally wanted it to be, thus the 3 stars.
The writing in places was very descriptive. Poetically so, sometimes. Other times, though these are in the minority, it was a little difficult to understand.
The book starts off toward the end, so I knew something was going to happen, and though it wasn't the most engaging plot line sometimes, I wanted to know what had lead to the stark contrast of circumstances. The end was, well, not the end. There seems to be a continuation of the series, which is good, because there definitely needs to be some more explaining.
Normally with books like this there are hints as to what will be coming next, but there wasn't as much, so I have NO CLUE what will be transpiring come the second book. That can be a good thing, but it can also be like "well, I guess it will be important, but I'm not too sure". This book jumped around quite a bit. It took me a sentence or two to reassert where I was in the story and what it had skipped. I liked the characters fair enough and was glad that they seemed to evolve throughout the story. So many sad things happened though! There wasn't enough good to balance it out for me! Not that I didn't like the book, but it just wasn't as uplifting as I was expecting or am used to.
Worth a read when you have the time, but not something you need to put at the top of your reading pile.