Friday, August 17, 2012

Review: Enigma by Aimee Ash

Genre: Supernatural


When KATE HARRIS moves to Long Beach California, she hopes to finally settle in her new home. She longs to have friends and fantasizes about meeting the guy of her dreams. But after one dangerous night, Kate finds herself obsessing over a mysterious stranger who saves her life, and she embarks on a quest to uncover his identity.


For this review I going to try and look at this novel through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old. If you loved Twilight then I believe that you will enjoy Enigma. Young audiences will appreciate the love triangle and the drama that ensues because of rivalry between the twin brothers Jake and Sebastian. These twins are gorgeous, charming, and have a whole set of supernatural abilities that make them swoon worthy. Kate, on the other hand, has no depth and is a serious contradiction. She is unwilling to accept a family who loves her, despite their idiosyncrasies, yet is determined to form a bond with a woman who hates her because Kate will cause the destruction of her sons. What irritated me most about Kate was how she treated Jake in the last half of the novel. She couldn't be honest with Jake or herself. I've mentioned before that I hate love triangles, but I understand that younger audiences love them. Still...Kate could have handled the situation better. I think there could have been more development than a shotgun romance with crash and burn ending. 

Something that irritated me throughout the novel was the fact that Kate was in college. None of the details about the classes, prom, or the teachers made any sense. It wasn't until I realized that Aimee Ash is from the UK that I made the connection that "college" is actually high school. It's like the light bulb went off. 

Apart from some inconsistencies and the lack of character development, I thought the idea behind the story was great. I kept expecting Jake and Seb to become superheroes in some way, but their heroic deeds were small and had little to do with their superhuman abilities. I was craving a strong villain instead of family drama. Again, Enigma has a great beginning and a great foundation story, but needs more complexity and maturity (even for the younger audiences).

Rating: 3 out of 5 owls

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