Monday, July 9, 2012

Review - The Kraken's Mirror

Captain Alan Silvestri is a man haunted by a strange curse. Good luck is his to command, but it comes at the cost of any place to call home or people to reckon as family. Resigned to die and shunned by all, he is forced to sail every three days, until he begins to dream of a special woman. Treated by our youth-oriented society as invisible and sexless, Emily Pawes is ready to move on with life. She attends a pirate festival, hoping to recapture the make-believe magic she knew as a young woman. Lucky to win an interesting bit of booty at a brick-a-brac stand, she finds herself transported by the Krakens mirror through a magical portal to a land of Hollywood piratitude, where swashbuckling heroes own iPods. With little choice, Emily embraces the madness. Playing pirate has to be safer than falling into the arms of handsome Captain Silvestri, right? When they meet, sparks fly, passion flares. He needs her to be free, but more than that, he needs her to be whole. Setting sail and uncertain of who actually controls the wheel, they seek ways to defeat his curse of good luck and discover the Krakens mirror has plans for them. Will Emily stay in this pirate haven to fight alongside him or will he lose her because of his curse?

My review:

This was a fun book that I am glad I got the chance to read. I really enjoyed the characters and the world that has been created here.

As you can see from the description it is set in a mixture of times and worlds. You have the modern period where Emily is from. And you have the world she is transported too which is similar in concept to the idea of the Bermuda Triangle. Things enter the world but they rarely find their way back to where they came from. But everything is accepted and incorporated into use.

The characters were fascinating and very well done. They have their own complexities and backgrounds that make them interesting and you want to find out more. Although thing I liked about the characters is that neither Alan nor Emily are younger like we usually see. They both have lived and experienced parts of life before they meet.

The characters are also fun, because as the world is a bit of a mix match between past, present and future. They each have characteristics and language that comes from their time. Alan really speaks a lot like you would expect a pirate from the past too, while Emily responds back with modern terms.

All the secondary characters are just as great as the 2 mains. And there is even paranormal creatures that exist. So far we have been introduced to the vampires in passing. And I am hoping we learn more about these characters in the future as well since they seem to have quite a history behind them and the deal they have to live in peace with the town.

I am looking forward to the next book and hope to see this world continue on for a while. If you are looking for a fun read with time travel, romance and a touch of the paranormal pick this one up.