Title: Dandelion on Fire
Author: Sherry Torgent
Release Date: January 31, 2015
Publisher: Blue Ink Press
Source: Blue Ink Press
Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Everyone knows the legend–Greene Island is cursed. 17-yr-old Hardy Vance doesn’t care about curses. All he wants to do is graduate from high school and head to college on the mainland. But Hardy has a knack for finding trouble. When he gets stuck doing community service with a girl that has a secret, their lives quickly become entwined in a murder mystery that leads straight back into the island’s dark past and the dreaded Curse of Viola. It’s up to Hardy and the supernatural abilities of his friends to uncover the horrible truth using the only clue left behind. A dandelion seed.
What I Loved:
// Steady pacing. I felt like every chapter or every other chapter released a little bit more information…but not enough information to make it boring. I was engaged throughout the book.
// Realistic reactions. For example: If someone told me they could fly, I’d be shocked. But then I’d have a few dozen questions. How fast can you fly? How far can you fly before you get tired? Can you carry me on your back? Do you own a car or do you just fly everywhere? I liked that a couple characters had similar reactions to a certain character’s ability.
// The cover! It’s so pretty and I love keeping the book out on my desk or sitting on top of my low shelves so I can see it when I pass by.
// The curse. The legend was so interesting and it really drew me into the mystique of the island. It would definitely draw me to visit Greene Island as a tourist.
// A manageable level of supernatural. Sometimes I feel like books, shows, or movies with supernatural elements try to cram too much supernatural activity into a short space. I liked that the level in Dandelion on Fire was manageable and not overwhelming.
What I Wished For:
// The curse. I loved the curse so much, I wish there were more examples of eerie things that happened around the island that could be attributed to it.
// Charity Hill. I hated her, but I was intrigued by her character. I’m curious about her motivations and the reasoning behind some of her behavior toward Hardy.
// Tate Vance. He seemed to show up at the weirdest times and he was noticeably absent in times that I thought he would be around.
// A second book. Oh wait!! I already have it!
Overall I really liked this book. The mystery and supernatural activity worked hand in hand to keep me interested and in suspense throughout the whole book. The bulk of the story is told through Hardy’s point of view, but chapters from other characters’ points of view are interspersed between Hardy’s chapters. The differing perspectives were done nicely and I didn’t get confused when switching back and forth. I actually thought it added to the story to hear from other characters every once in awhile.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Blue Ink Press in exchange for an honest review.*