Book Review #604
The Swan Maiden by Heather Tomlinson
Rating: two stars (out of four)
I was really into the beginning pages of this book, it had that certain fairy tale feel and I linked it with something written by Shannon Hale. But then there was a twist in the plot and I knew that the rest of the book would be dealing with that aspect. I was disappointed with how the story went, and I was almost compelled to take out my laptop and write out the way it should have ended. I probably would have ended the story in a different spot and I most definitely would have cut out some scenes, which I thought were rather hindering. It kind of felt like the author was trying to morph several good story ideas into one jam-packed bundle. But I thought she would have been better off saving some of those story ideas and developing them into their own books later. For as it was, I kept going, "What now?" and then reading along to see what would happen, only 45 pages later to mutter the same thing. Now, I know I have been rather disparaging so far, but the book wasn't a total waste of time, there were some elements I liked, but the twists and loops of the story were too distracting for me to give it a higher rating. And I didn't like the ending as much as I had hoped. It was nice and all, but I felt it had gone on too long and I was slightly frustrated with the main character for some of her actions. All in all, I'm not annoyed that I read it, but I will not go around recommending it to people when there are so many better novels out there.