Monday, February 1, 2010

Review - Ruby

Title - Ruby
Author - Amanda Taber
Pages - 194
Genre - Young Adult
Ruby Matthews is nineteen and alone in the world. Both her parents are dead, killed it seems by an apparent drunk driver.
Lonely and grieving, Ruby’s mysterious grandmother arrives in town to take her home to live with her in her huge manor style mansion in Star’s Landing, Maine.
What Ruby soon discovers turns her world upside down. She learns that she is a witch and not just any witch. She is one of three witches known as the Triple Enchantresses whose coming was foretold during the witch hunts that gripped the world hundreds of years ago. These three young women are destined to combine their powers to form the most powerful witch’s coven ever in existence.
Also living in Star’s Landing is Blaine Hamilton, a young man who comes from a wealthy family of warlocks and who now lives in seclusion, his back turned on his mammoth powers after the murder of his entire family.
The townsfolk wrongly believe that he is the killer, a fact that he doesn’t dispute as he too holds himself responsible for their deaths as he was unable to save them.
He retreats to the family estate just outside town and condemns himself to live there alone for the rest of his life, unworthy of love.
When Ruby and Blaine encounter one another unexpectedly, the wheels of magic, Wicca and destiny turn and they fall deeply in love.
They are unaware, however, that the same demon that was responsible for the deaths of both their families is now after Ruby, determined to see that the Triple Enchantresses never has the chance to form.
Can Blaine find the courage to reawaken his powers to save Ruby when she is kidnapped by the demon? And will Ruby survive to take her place as one third of the Triple Enchantresses as the prophecy has foretold?
I LOVED this book! It is short, 194 pages is certainly a day read but that does not deter from the story or emotions that unfold through the pages. Ruby is a believable heroine, she doesn't whine or go headfirst into things. Blaine is a great love interest, he is strong but also isn't afraid to show vulnerability and cry.
The writing style is smooth and clean, there are some mistakes here and there and i will chalk that up to kindle formating rather than the author.

Some minor problems I had with the book though were that not once was Blaines age given (unless I had missed that) and the book description actually tells more about the prophecy and the triple enchantresses then the actual book does. These are minor however and dont hinder the book in any way.

There is NO sexual content, Ruby and Blaines love is sweet and chaste. There are no overly-hormonal teenagers in this book! There is also very little swearing, I believe there are only two swear words in the whole book and they are very near the end. Violence is more prevelent but there are no graphic blood scene, no severed limbs or large gashes with exposed bone. It is a very friendly, young adult book and I am very eager for the next installment!

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