My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I've had my eye on this book since I first heard about it. The concept: Children of the Corn meets Romeo and Juliet really grabbed me because it sounded super creepy. So I was really happy when our local library ordered it.
Ash and Rhys Larkin are twins. All their lives, they've heard their mother tell them about the bizarre place she was born. Quivira sounds more like a cult than the utopia she makes out, but because Ash has had visions all of her life, she tends to believe her a lot more than her brother.
After her mother disappears, the visions come to her with greater intensity. And they soon start to feel like someone else's memories.
That's why she drags her brother all the way to Kansas to find their mother. Instead they end up in the weird village surrounded by cornstalks. The place where centuries of mythology all lead back to Ash.
Okay. This book started out really well. I liked Ashlyn. I liked what was happening. The mythology was interesting. Things were starting to get creepy. But once the twins actually reached Quivira, the creepy and mysterious feel started to slip away. Until it was pretty much gone.
I think my biggest problem was Dane. I didn't like him, and certainly didn't buy into their attraction. There was just something about them that felt kinda forced, and it has nothing to with insta-love because I'm not a hater of that trope. I actually think it fits teenage stories very well. :)
There were some good things about this book. It was well written, and I especially liked the whole thing with the twins. Plus I thought Beth was awesome! There were some high points, but they weren't enough to keep me hooked. By the time I reached the end, everything that happened started to not make as much sense as while I was reading it.
Also, there's no way I would file this under horror. Romance suspense/thriller, even dark fantasy, but NOT horror.
I get very disappointed after reading books marketed as horror, when they aren't remotely scary.