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Favorite by Karen McQuestion (2011-04-01) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1750
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- ASIN : B01F9G5LFS
- Publisher : Skyscape (January 1, 1750)
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Favorite was an easy read, fast paced as the reader is taken on a journey with many twists and turns. I was able to finish the story in one day as I could not put it down. Every time I tried to find a good stopping point, something would happen to fuel my interest to find out what happens. I did not see the ending coming! There were hits and misses with the characters. I enjoyed Angie who acted and behaved as someone who has been through a traumatic event. Her family, despite being concerned for her when she was in the hospital, seemed to focus on their own desires as Angie raises her concerns. While I enjoyed the book, I feel the target audience of young adults may enjoy it more. I recommend Favorite.
Favorite is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook.
This read more like a middle-grade novel. While I enjoyed it, the tension built expertly, I found the pacing really slow. Also the protagonist Angie (Angel) felt immature most of the time. While she was ingenious and had a never-say-die attitude that was admirable, I failed to connect with her.
You get a sense very early on in the novel that there is a twist coming. And maybe I wasn’t paying attention, but I did not guess the actual twist. I had many scenarios lolling around in my head, some close to the mark, but none with the exactness of how this book unfolds. Which was a pleasant surprise. I like being out-manoeuvred by a well written novel.
I was also wanting more complexity – the novel is very simple – in fact it felt a bit sparse… which considering its length is not a flattering attribute. But I can forgive that considering it was only Karen McQuestion’s second novel. I’ve really enjoyed her later releases and you can see how she had grown as an author. Persistence and practice really pay off.
I feel her writing style needed some embellishment – I wanted a richer painting of the surroundings, sights, smells, feelings. And I think that was why I did not connect with Angie and felt the pace was slow. With engaging prose, I would have whipped through this novel in a matter of hours.
The characters have single motivations and although you get a sense of how the past has shaped them, there was no growth from the events in the novel. It was great realistic fiction though.
I don’t think I would have purchased this other than filling in McQuestion’s back catalogue from becoming a fan after reading ‘From a Distant Star’ and adding The Edgewood collection to my Library and TBR list.
Some strong story-telling elements, but tone and pacing could be improved. A great effort for this wonderful little novel.
The plot pulls you in right away because the action starts immediately. While I was reading I could feel the building anxiety and plain creepyness and had a hard time putting the book down. There never was a good stopping point because it was all going so fast. Needless to say, this is a very quick read. The problem I have with the book is the characters are pretty flat. I know it is a YA novel but it would be nice to have a little more background on all of the characters especially the Bittner clan. I also think the book was tied up a little too neatly. I was left wondering about what had happened with some of the characters.
Favorite has good parts and bad but all in all it was a pretty good book. In my opinion, if the author can get me to start feeling the characters emotions then it is at least a 3 star. There are definitely much better crafted YA novels out there but this one was creepy and fast. 4 stars.