Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb

Calder is a Fetch, a death escort, the first of his kind to step from Heaven back to Earth. The first to fall in love with a mortal girl.

But when he climbs backwards out of the Death Scene, into the chaos of the Russian Revolution, he tears a wound in the ghost realm, where the spirits begin a revolution of their own.

Character Development: 4/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 5/10
Ending: 6/10
Voice: 3/10
Recommendation: 6/10
Total Score: 32/60
Grade: C

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: NO
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: NO
Sexual Content: NO
Aimed at 12+.

Eh. This book was alright. I hesitate to say even that. It was extremely put-downable, in my opinion. The beginning was slow, and I hardly absorbed anything until around page fifty. Calder annoyed me to no end pretty much the entire time.

I hate giving books lukewarm reviews, but I'm only being honest--despite great promise, this "supernatural romance" (as the cover claims) was less romantic than a funeral and half as exciting. Part of my problem, I think, was the history involved. It was a Russian Revolution piece, saturated with politics and war and Anastasia. I couldn't help but sigh and roll my eyes when I discovered it would be another one of those stories.

Aside from that, Calder was a Fetch, and though I respect and appreciate Whitcomb's creativity where Heaven and the afterlife were involved, I admit it bored me. Throughout the story, Calder presses us with suspense about "Will I be forgiven?" and "Where's the Captain?" or "Where's the Key?" scattered around "I want to kiss Ana but I'm too holy and considerate!" Ugh. His virtue was tantamount to tedium, even though the point of the novel was that he broke his Vows and came to Earth.

I thought the research on the era was well done, the characters and situations were mostly realistic, but the voice of the writing was terribly monotonous. I think it could have been made more exciting by shifting the point of view to Ana, though I can't see how the plot would hold up around that. Overall, The Fetch was a book that I'm surprised I was able to finish, but of which I can give little real opinion. It had good and bad points, almost equally, but is definitely not one my favorite reads thus far.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review! I have been wondering about this book.


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