review: “devoured” November 10, 2009Posted by Katie in reviews.
Tags: fairy tales re-told, mystery, supernatural-romance
Devoured by Amanda Marrone.
Simon Pulse // Paperback // 304 pages.
Reviewed from purchased copy.
Megan is haunted by the ghost of her twin sister Remy who died in a car accident when the girls were little. While Megan has grown up, Remy remains a confused girl. Megan takes a job at the Land of Enchantment over the summer, trying to hold onto whatever kind of a normal life she can have. But when things at the Land of Enchantment start to go awry, Megan discovers that she’s not the only one who can see Remy. Add that to the vision of a dead girl that Remy keeps showing Megan and this summer will be anything but normal.
Okay, “Devoured” was a very surprising mix of mystery and supernatural romance. I wasn’t expecting the mystery, and it seriously wound up being my very favorite part of this book.
And let’s get one thing straight — this is not necessarily a straight-forward fairy tale re-telling, it is a fairy tale after the fairy tale. Confused? The book has elements from Snow White, but it’s more about what happens after the traditional story.
I really liked the relationship between Megan and Remy. I felt like it was a twist that I hadn’t seen before and it immediately engaged me in the plotline. Why is Remy showing Megan this? Etc.
And you all know that I’m thrilled whenever a YA author manages to sneak in a little bit of Broadway. Marrone wove the Broadway world into the book through Megan’s best friend Nicki (whom I loved).
Throw in a love triangle between Megan’s boyfriend Ryan and her co-worker Luke and you’ve got yourself a solid sell to teens.
(And the cover is simply gorgeous. I love the richness of all the covers.)