Thanks for visiting my stop on this blog tour where I’ve had the privilege to read and review his lovely book – courtesy of Stephanie Thomas and Shane @itchingforbooks.
My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.
The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.
But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.
I like the name Beatrice – that’s probably because I really like Beatrice from Divergent. In any case, it’s a good start. Both Beatrices are strong, courageous, and willing to think for themselves! I loved the idea of the Institution and raven’s wings (that would’ve been real cool tattoo, painful but very cool!). She didn’t feel like 17 though, maybe 15-16 and also, I don’t know any teens who plays marbles? But then again, their lives have been totally sheltered and completed dictated by the Institution and the Keeper. The marbles are indeed a sign of their innocence and lost childhood, in contrast to their duties as Seers.
The setting is dystopian, so there are the machine guns and grenades etc so you’d have some explosive actions but it has also a paranormal feel where Seers and Dreamcatchers have unexplained origin of powers. The best parts are the Training Games and the fights, of course. I just wanted to see Bea kicking some ass and yet, she retains her goodness. She refused to be just like the others.
The narrative is told solely from the perspective of Bea and therefore, very subjective to her thoughts and feelings. As she’s struggling with what is going on, so was I. Nearly every concept feels slippery and even at the end, I’m not quite sure what exactly is going on – neither does Bea, she just follows her ‘intuition’ so far. I don’t know either if I like her friends (including Gabe) nor the ‘enemy’ she’s supposedly falling in love with. I just feel the story to be a bit sketchy. Otherwise, a pretty likeable MC and a curious ending.
Stephanie Thomas has been writing ever since she could put letters together to form words. When she was a small child, she would present her mother and father with self-made newspapers filled up with make believe stories and pictures. Her love for writing followed her all throughout her schooling, where she entered and won writing contests of all sorts. Stephanie decided to become an English teacher and completed her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University. While teaching, she later went on to get her Master’s in writing from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed her very first manuscript during her graduate studies, and by the end of the program, she had completed two more.Stephanie is quick to tell anyone that she’s a born and raised Philadelphian, and her heart will always belong there. She moved to Baltimore with her husband, and they’ve been living there for the last five years with their doggie, Sailor, and their rabbit, Buns (aka “T Sizzle).Official site: www.stephaniethomasbooks.com