[ARC Review] Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

Friday, September 19, 2014

Title: Messenger of Fear
Author: Michael Grant
Series: Messenger of Fear #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Release Date: September 23rd 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

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I remembered my name – Mara. But, standing in that ghostly place, faced with the solemn young man in the black coat with silver skulls for buttons, I could recall nothing else about myself.

And then the games began.

The Messenger sees the darkness in young hearts, and the damage it inflicts upon the world. If they go unpunished, he offers the wicked a game. Win, and they can go free. Lose, and they will live out their greatest fear.

But what does any of this have to do with Mara? She is about to find out . . .

This book was high on my list because of who the author was, and i was so happy that I got a copy of the book to review. The concept of this book was crazy interesting and I knew I wanted to read it right away.

I think what I liked the most about this book was the fact that it touched n the subject of bullying without being over the top. I honestly didn't even realize what this book was really talking about until I was about half way thorough the book. When you see the main character having to doll out punishment to those who have done wrong to someone or something, it takes a minute to see what the author is really trying to say. Should those that do wrong be punished, and if so, to what extent. I think that aspect of the book was the reason I kept reading this book, because it was such a great things to talk about and it makes you think as a reader.

I did feel very disconnected from out main character and narrator. I felt like we were just seeing everything through her, and we didn't really get to see her, you know what i mean? I felt more for the secondary characters because we saw more of their story and therefore I could relate to them a bit more. I think it would have been better if the narrator was done in the third person and not first person because then we would not have been so pressured to feel for our narrator who was really hard to relate to when she had no memories of who she was and what was happening to her in the book. And since we were hinted that there was a hint at the end, I figured it out way too early and therefore that took away from the OMG moment that was supposed to happen at the end.

Overall Messenger of Fear had a great concept and dealt with some great subjects that needed to be addressed ad they were done in great ways. But ultimately I felt disconnected from the main character and the story she was trying to tell.

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