Saturday 23 April 2016

Book Review: Omorphi (Elpida # 1) by C. Kennedy

Title: Omorphi
Author: C. Kennedy
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publication Date: 2013

Pages: 548
Format: eBook- EPUB
Genre: YA / MM
Source: Free Copy (Publisher Promotion)

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High school senior Michael Sattler leads a charmed life. He’s a star athlete, has great friends, and parents who love him just the way he is. What’s missing from his life is a boyfriend. That’s a problem because he’s out only to his parents and best friend. When Michael accidentally bumps into Christy Castle at school, his life changes in ways he never imagined. Christy is Michael’s dream guy: smart, pretty, and sexy. But nothing could have prepared Michael for what being Christy's boyfriend would entail.

Christy needs to heal after years of abuse and knows he needs help to do it. After the death of his notorious father, he leaves his native Greece and settles in upstate New York. Alone, afraid, and left without a voice, Christy hides the myriad scars of his abuse. He desperately wants to be loved and when he meets Michael, he dares to hope that day has arrived. When one of Michael’s team-mates becomes an enemy and an abuser from Christy’s past seeks to return him to a life of slavery, only Michael and Christy's combined strength and unwavering determination can save them from the violence that threatens to destroy their future together.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I decided to grab a copy of Omorphi when it was offered as a free read to promote the second book in the series. I'd been hearing rave reviews and had high hopes for the story. However, by the time I turned the last page, I was torn.

There are definitely things I liked about this story. It deals with several important subjects; many of which may be relevant for the intended YA audience, there were some lovely moments, and it did make me want to read on to see what would happen. Nonetheless, I thought the story dragged a little at times, with information repeated unnecessarily. Then there were the main characters, who seemed too perfect, making it hard for me to believe in them and robbing the book of tension. The subject matter is pretty dark, and yet that didn't always show. The author kept telling us how awful it was, but, for me at least, that didn't come through in a way that really made me feel it.

Overall, I'm giving this book three stars. There were a number of things in it that I found enjoyable, and I think its treatment of homophobia in schools is a worthwhile message, but at the same time, it fell down in a few areas.

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