Friday, August 15, 2008
The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
So I know this isn't the book it says I'm currently reading, but for some reason I find myself in a reading rut. I normally would have my next book done by now, but I guess all of my late nights have caught up with me and I've been sleeping in like crazy. So, I decided to review a book I read a few weeks ago instead of leaving you guys hanging:
Meredith and Mallory Brynn are mirror twins born on either side of midnight one snowy New Year’s Eve. They have always been inseparable. But after they are nearly killed in a mysterious fire on their thirteenth birthday, the bond that has always joined them unravels. They begin to have visions and dreams that reveal the deep secrets kept by the people around them. Meredith and Mallory realize they have each been given a gift: Merry can see deep into the past; Mally can see the future. But when they discover that one boy is not what they imagined, their lives will be changed forever. If they can survive . . .
Sounds promising right: A thrilling plot with unusual characters written by an amazing author; sadly, it does not deliver. I had been eagerly awaiting this book, having enjoyed many of Mitchard’s previous works, but was surprised to find the characters boring, the story slow-moving, and the writing very amateurish. The twins’ personalities were very cliché: one the girly girl, the other the tom boy. A lot of the time, there was too much dialogue and it was hard to tell who was speaking, especially between the twins. The secondary characters were paper-thin, with no development. The girls didn’t even find out they were seeing into the past and future until over halfway through the book, and then their “mission” was to see if the boy that they grew up with, coincidently the crush of one of the twins, is really who they think he is. The visions the twins had were also not very clear, a lot of times acting on them before the reader even knew what the character had seen. The action only picked up in the last 50 pages or so. The Midnight Twins is the first book in a trilogy, but I highly doubt I will continue with this series. This book had potential; I just feel that Jacquelyn Mitchard rushed through it too quickly. So, if you seeThe Midnight Twins in a bookstore, I would recommend skipping over it and picking out a different Mitchard book. Try All We Know of Heaven, Now You See Her, or Cage of Stars.