I have been looking forward to reading to the falls for a long time now. But alas, it wasn't meant to be.
Unfortunately, it wasn't my thing. The plot has a lot of potential, but the writing really did not agree with me. For what is supposed to be a YA novel, the prose is more of an elementary grade school style. A world which should have had breathtaking descriptions instead used words like "beautiful falls" or "I sat in a tree." I just couldn't get a good image of the Arvata looked like.
Lucas- the main love interest has absolutely no personality outside of loving Kali. He has been alive for centuries and really has no back story or depth despite being a main character with a long black history. I wanted to give him a chance, even after the insta-love. But no improvement.
What finally broke the camel's back was the scene about 40% of the way through where Kali and her team get a message from the fates to essentially save Arvata ( of which btw, three of them are complete newbies)
Dark magic has infiltrated Arvata. You and your team will need to go into the forest and stop whatever is causing the falls to be depleted of it's light magic[...] We will help you when we can and promise the answers t your questions are coming sooner than you realize[...] THere will e trials and htis will not be easy, but you have the strength within you to do this, so long as you believe in yourself.
Let me get this straight. These ancient omnipresent god-like fates speak in 2nd person AND write super casually? This finally broke any spell of being taken to a different world. That is essentially all I want when I read and the magic was broken. What 2000 (or more) year fates would speak so casually like a teenager? I couldn't do it.
That being said, major kudos for Heather Renee on writing an AMAZING fantasy books for what I would consider elementary to middle grade. Had I been about 15 years younger, I know for a FACT I would have loved this book.