Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dark Goddess by Sarwat Chadda –OPTIONAL

Chadda, Sarwat Dark Goddess (Devils Kiss Novel), 384 pgs. Hyperion Book CH, 2011. $10.47. Language-G (Swear Count: 2); Violence-PG; Sexual content: PG.
Billi is a dedicated Templar, a secret and ancient group who has vowed to get rid of supernatural evils. When a young girl is threatened by a pack of female werewolves, Billi finds herself on a journey to save more than just the girl, but all of humanity. In Russia she meets up with Ivan, a decedent of royalty, who is a bit of a distraction. Worst of all, she finds herself bitten and infected, soon to become a werewolf herself. Can she juggle her duties, her crush, and keep the beast caged within?
An obvious second book in a series, much time is given to bemoaning the outcomes of the first book. The main character Billi lacks personality and shows almost no proof of her rigorous training during planning or in the heat of battle. I don’t think fellow 15 year olds will find her interesting or inspirational. The plot keeps getting larger and more fantastical as the book goes on, which led to quite a few plot holes and much eye rolling on my part. Despite the popular genre and themes, I don’t recommend.
MS, HS -Optional. Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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