Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: Down The Wormhole @anathebookworm


Down The Wormhole (Wormhole Stories #1)Title: Down The Wormhole
Author:  Ana Franco
Series: Wormhole Stories #1
Release Date: March 17th 2015 
Publisher: French Press Bookworks
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review

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In a city there is a tiny lane that seperates two orphanages - one for boys and one for girls. Inside live two very special groups of teenagers. These teenagers carry a secret and leave it tucked safely away in their mysterious lives.
Then one day, a girl named Kitty arrives. No last name, just Kitty.
Before Kitty has time to be astonished by the teenagers' real identitites, she is whisked into a magical realm that slowly unfolds her own. She must come to terms with her true place in the world while she can, because time is ticking and there are secrets in the wormhole.
Travel with Kitty and her new friends Down The Wormhole into a mysterious world of magic, mythology, and mayhem.

 


Ana FrancoAna Franco was born on a small town on the interior of São Paulo, Brazil. She is known as a blogger under the name of “Ana the Bookworm” and her Young Adult novel, “Down The Wormhole”, is her first take in writing in English. Ana attends to college of Literature and Teaching in her country as well as she has taken courses in areas of Children’s Literature, Literature in schools, influences of the world wars at the world’s cultures and in writing for a global market.
To her, being Latina means being proud all the time of such a variety of cultures and stories. And, of course, being "hot-blooded".


 
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Down The Wormhole is a fantasy story that mix different mythologies to create a world where gods and godesses live and breathe in the bodies of teenage boys and girls. The story has a lot of potential, fast passing and interesting dialogues. However, somewhere on the road the story loses some of its charming and the book is not as good as I wish it was.

It all starts when Kitty arrives to an orphanage. The girls that live there are not very normal and the boys that live in the other place are also more than mere young boys. Kitty soon finds herself trapped in the chaos created by the gods and their plots, seek for revenge and the occasional "fulfill your destiny" thing.

Overall the plot is good but for me Kitty finds about the gods real identities too soon. There's no mystery, no tension at all. The story is really fast and for moments it becomes almost chaotic.

I liked that the author mixed so many mythologies. You can see that she thought about it before writing it and in general it works. And despite the constant change of character you can understand who is who, and what role each one plays in the story.

The romance was the other thing that didn't quite work for me. At first it looked like Kitty and Tom had a thing for each other but then they were fighting all the time. And suddenly when others pointed out that they belong together they fall for each other. What??? It sounded unreal and if they were fighting to gain attention of the other person, well, that's too childish.

I do have to say that I loved the end. The last chapters were really good and made the reading worthy. There were a lot of surprises that I dodn't see coming.



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