Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sage's Eyes - Book Review

I didn't want to like this book, but I did want to find out just what exactly was up with the main character, Sage.

In case you're wondering, "Didn't V.C. Andrews die? How is she still writing new books?" Well, yes, she is deceased. And her family hired a ghostwriter to finish up some of her manuscripts. The result? Sage's Eyes.

In this new novel, Sage Healy is trying to be a typical teenager, but her adoptive parents are keeping secrets from her, and Sage keeps having weird dreams and visions about things that may have happened in her past and things that will happen in the future. She doesn't know why she has these "powers", but it's messing with her reputation at school, and her mother really doesn't want her using them. Then Sage meets a new boy at school who seems to have the same type of powers as Sage. But is he to be trusted? Just who or what is Sage and her family?

This book feels like it should really be a YA novel, but there's no way it could succeed as one the way it is written. I don't think the author, whoever he or she is, knows the first thing about young adults, judging by the AWFUL dialogue in this book. I can cut poor Sage some slack because she's obviously not a regular teen or human being, and she's living with some really weird parents. (Oh yes, in classic V.C. Andrews style we're dealing with another WEIRDO family.) But the dialogue of Sage's friends? Just no. What 15-year-old says "going steady" these days? Just because you throw in references to Skechers and Adele, that doesn't automatically place your story in the present day. You're going to need to try a little harder than that.

The ending was also pretty anti-climatic.

Sage's Eyes is published by Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, and is on bookstore shelves today. I received a free review copy for my honest review.

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