Saturday, July 30, 2011
Mishap & Mayhem by M.M. Shelley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Sixteen-year-old twins Grasiella & Tatiana are visiting their Grandmother in Hawaii for the summer. Soon after their arrival, an evil fairy is released from an old family heirloom. The fire goddess Pele goes into a slow simmering rage, and the twins become the focus of her displeasure.
Pele’s grandsons, Kye and Kana’I, who are cousins, each find themselves unexpectedly attracted to a sister. Kana’i attempts to distract Grasiella in order to hide and protect her from Pele’s Wrath. His plan backfires, and Grasiella continues a risky search without his help. Meanwhile, Tatiana and Kye face adventure, also.
Strange new powers begin to awaken within the twins, especially Grasiella. Gnomes deliver cryptic messages. Pysche, the beloved wife of Eros, is kidnapped and held for ransom. The fabric of the cosmos is in danger of being torn asunder if the mysterious and rare substance, Painite, falls into the hands of a corrupt general or the woman he scorned long centuries ago. A volcanic eruption becomes eminent as Pele’s anger intensifies.
Set in Hawaii, I expected to enjoy this book if for no other reason than to be able to escape to the beautiful island paradise. Unfortunately, it just did not happen for me. The writing is choppy and uninspired, comprised almost exclusively of short, declarative sentences that failed to capture my interest, much less engage my imagination. I never felt any connection to the characters or to their island experiences. The story moved swiftly as the twins faced one misadventure after another while, at the same time, each juggled a sweet romance. There is a cliffhanger ending which implies Grasiella and Tatiana will face an even greater challenge in the next installment. I believe this story will have greater appeal to tweens or younger teens, especially those able to follow and appreciate the convoluted mechanizations of capricious mythological and fantastical beings.
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