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April 23, 2013

Review: The Crickhowell School for the Muses

A creepy young adult debut novel by Rachel Waxman. The Crickhowell School for the Muses starts on a dark, wet night with two men searching for just the right girl. It definite gave off the "something bad is about to happen" vibe.

The creepiness doesn't stop when they find their victim.

I don't know if it is because I've read some super dark and twisted stories, but I think I was imagining things to be a whole lot worse than it turned out. It is also a young adult novel so it really couldn't get as twisted as some of the books I've read.

The Crickhowell School for the Muses is a bit different than what I normally read. The fantasy/paranormal elements are subtle - is it magic or some supernatural force at work or is this "normal" in Rachel Waxman's universe? With the deluge of paranormal romance in young adult literature, I found this book to a breath of originality. The uniqueness of the plot kept be intrigued.  In trying to figure out what was going on and who the good guys/bad guys were, I was kept glued to my Nook. I am impressed Waxman was able to keep the creep factor going to almost the end.

Speaking of the end. I felt like the last bit of the story was rushed. In the beginning we got details about the kind of muffins the girls were eating, but in comparison the ending felt glossed over. It may also be that I've gotten use to reading books, even in a series, that are more or less stand alone. The Crickhowell School for the Muses definitely felt like a part 1, unfortunately there isn't a part 2 to be picked up immediately.

Will I be waiting for the next book? You bet I will. I have questions and I want answers. If you are looking for a dark tale of intrigue, you will want to pick up The Crickhowell School for the Muses. And stop back by on Friday when Rachel Waxman brings a little Friday Fun to Girl Who Reads.

Book Info: ebook & paperback, May 2013 from Daniel & Daniel Publishers
Read: April 2013
Source: author

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