Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Bittersweet Review

Title: Bittersweet (Bittersweet #1)
Author:  Marcia Colette
Publication Date: March 2, 2011
Published By: Dusk Till Dawn Books
Format: ebook

*provided to me by the author for review

Phaedra Thorne's goals in life are simple. Make it to eighteen so she can legally adopt her sister and hope she never becomes like her deranged mother who secretly lives in the attic. They're not the normal hopes and dreams of a kid her age, but then again, Phaedra is anything but typical. Schizophrenia and psychokinesis go hand in hand in her genes. With things always upending or blowing up around her, she's already halfway there and horrified one of these days she'll be the next to go insane. 
Five years have passed since Phaedra has seen her older, estranged brother. She's hesitant about his return and even more so when he comes bearing a cure for their mother. However, this so-called antidote, having sex with an incubus, comes with a catch that's larger than the statutory rape implications. The incubus who's willing to help the Thornes has unwittingly been followed by beings who call themselves hags. They want to drain the demon dry of his power and don't care if they threaten Phaedra's desire to have a normal family. She'll do whatever it takes to protect her loved ones, even if that means trusting her uncontrollable powers won't kill everyone in the process.

My Thoughts
 My favorite thing about this book was definitely Phaedra, she's heavy on the sarcasm and stubborn as a mule. Her sharp tongue and quick wit made her easy for me to love. Though she has enough vulnerability to keep her from being obnoxious. Her powers are unpredictable and not easily controlled which makes her dangerous to be around. She was also forced to grow up before her time, with her Mom incoherent most of the time she's left to run the house and take care of her little sister Nadia. So outside of family she doesn't have any close relationships, and even those are strained.
 Downsides? Bittersweet was a little confusing at first. You could tell the plot was working it's way up to something, i just couldn't figure out what. Then all kinds of craziness was let loose. It reminded me of one of those movies where you have a bunch of seemingly random events all intertwine throughout the plot then come together seamlessly in then end. So what you think was random and made no sense totally did. I was also really hoping for a little more blossoming romance between Phaedra and Logan. I love love and I wish there was a little more of it.
  All together I liked reading from Phaedra's perspective and the story overall was really different from any other paranormals I've read. Bittersweet gets 3 out of 5.

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