My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I thought this would be an easy review to write, but I am wrong. I normally don't think twice about the number of stars to give. I have changed my mind several times so far. This book seems to be evading my summation.
Sam and Abra are rather adorable. Shawn's writing is fabulous as usual. There is a note of magical realism about the book. The religious references are sufficient without being heavy handed.
The story is straightforward and yet I kept expecting it to go somewhere else.
Often when I see the main character going through a significant amount of pain and suffering, I have to take a break from the book. I was worried that this one would be that way, so I wasn't in a hurry to finish it. However that didn't happen. Maybe that is why I kept expecting it to go somewhere else.
I will say the very end was a bit of a surprise and I'm glad it went in that direction.
I have heard someone refer to it as a coming of age story. I can see that and they aren't my favorite type to read. However, the magic within it kept me reading.
Overall, I enjoyed the book even though it wasn't what I was expecting. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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This one was so hard to write a review for. A few weeks after finishing it and I still can't really put my thoughts into sufficient words. There were a few things that I was hoping to have more explaination for, but they might be answered in the sequel or I might have missed something or it wasn't that big of a deal to begin with. The story is memorable. The characters are lovely. The pain isn't overwhelming. And the magic is superb.