Friday, November 29, 2013

Review: Wicked Sense (Singularity #1) by Fabio Bueno

Release Date: August 9, 2012
Publisher: Indie Inked
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Winner, 2012 Sandy Literary Contest - 1st place - YA category
Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy—the Veil.
Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.
Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.
Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity's immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.
Going on a date has never been harder.

There are some things about Wicked Sense that I thought were really good, and some things that I thought were just sort of meh. A lot of people really loved this one, but it just didn't do it for me. I'm not saying it was bad, but I couldn't connect with the characters enough to really get into the story.

I thought the Veil was a plausible way to explain why the witches didn't run around announcing that they had magical abilities. The whole thing boils down to none of them wanting a repeat of the Salem witch trials, so the vast majority of witches belong to covens that fiercely protect their secrets. Ok. So far so good.
Skye has been sent to Seattle on a mission from her coven to try and discover the identity of a crazy-powerful witch, which they all refer to as the Singularity. When she came into her power, witches around the world felt the aftershocks. Then she totally dropped off the radar. This should be impossible, since no witch has ever been powerful enough to mask her presence from another witch before now. The covens are running out of time to find her, because if she does something crazy she could expose them all.
Skye is very important to finding the Singularity, because she has a magnified ability to sense other witches. Even though Skye wants to do her part in finding the girl, it isn't exactly an easy task for her. It means having to work with her arrogant ex-boyfriend, and possibly confronting her feelings about their past relationship.
I thought the storyline with the ex was really interesting and well-written, by the way.

Then there's Drake. He falls for Skye right away, then gets taken on an emotional roller coaster ride for the majority of the book. I felt bad for the poor kid! I get that she had things to work out to get some closure with her ex, but for most of the book Drake seemed to have Rebound Guy stamped on his forehead. It wasn't an attractive look, either.

As for who the Singularity turned out to be?
It was so obvious that I just assumed it was a red herring. When it was finally revealed, I wasn't sure whether or not to be impressed that the author basically kept pointing giant neon signs at the person.
Singularity Here! Right Here! Look At This Person! No, Seriously! Right. Here. 
Because maybe it was done on purpose? Hidden in plain sight? 
Or were we really expected to not pick up on the obvious clues?
I just...whatever.

This isn't a crap book, so I feel kinda bad not giving it a higher rating. It won an award and lots of other people really loved it, but it just didn't turn my crank all that much.
Honestly, I've never had much luck when it comes to books about witches. But I really want to! So if any of you out there know of an awesome story that revolves around witchy women, please send me some recommendations.


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