Friday, October 27, 2006

#60 The Coven (Sweep #2) by Cate Tiernan

My Rating: 5 out of 10 stars

Like the first book (Book of Shadows), this was fairly predictable with a simple plot. I had already figured out much of what was going to happen, with regards to Morgan's parentage and discovering her true powers. But like in book 1, the author introduced a couple of new dilemmas, one at the very end, which are left open for the sequel.

I can't say that I don't like these books, only that in some respects they seem even more simple than some of the other Young Adult books I've read, i.e. Harry Potter, Cirque du Freak. Perhaps it's just the characters attitudes towards one another... I'm not sure, but they seem so childish. Like in the previous book, I had a bit of a problem with the attitudes of certain characters, though it wasn't as extreme. Morgan's parents eventually came up with a fairly satisfactory explanation as to why they kept Morgan's adoption secret from her all this time. (I almost wanted to mark the previous comment as a spoiler, but it actually implies this right on the back cover blurb so I didn't think it's supposed to be a secret going in... I figured it was pretty obvious anyway by the end of book 1 if not earlier.)

That said, since these books can be read in a single day, two max, I don't feel they were a waste of time because they did entertain, and the ending did leave me interested as to what'll happen next.
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Such as what kind of revenge do Bree and Raven have planned for Morgan? And why does Cal's mom have the Morgan's mom's Book of Shadows?
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See the BookCrossing journal page for this book for more reviews and information.


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I read the first in the series and wasn't impressed, either. Too simple; you said it perfectly.

Hi, Cherie! *waves from West of Mars!*

Cherie said...

Hey chickie! :* Thanks for the comment.

Yeah at first, I wondered if I was just overanalyzing this book and being too harsh on it because the whole Wiccan aspect, which is supposed to be the main premise of the story, was just not as fascinating to me as I could imagine it being for newbies to the Craft. I'm not implying that I don't find my path fascinating cuz I certainly do, but bonfires, rituals... I'm an old hat at all that stuff now so it didn't ooooh and aaaahhh me as I suspect it was meant to do for others who are just starting to explore the mysteries.

Anonymous said...

I actually enjoyed this book and Im looking forward to reading the next one. The Wiccan stuff was kind of creepy though (no offense).