Saturday, January 15, 2011

Review: "Rebellion" by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

I have been a fan of Stacey Wallace Benefiel since her first foray into YA fiction with Zellie Wells and Glimpse, which I totally enjoyed. Having loved Glimpse and Glimmer, I was curious about what she would do with a more adult universe. It has been interesting to follow the characters from Day of Sacrifice a little bit further on their journey. This new world Ms. Benefiel has created is deeper and fuller, with a complex mythology and magical system that is truly unique. Gods and goddesses who are powerful but also petty and vindictive, prophecies, rebellions, angels and witchcraft- I've never encountered anything like the world her DoS series is set in. In a paranormal reading market where it's hard to find anything new, Rebellion does exactly that. With two novellas so far, we also get multiple points of view of a situation pushed to the breaking point. Characters pushed to rebel against the powers that be find new depths within themselves, and also new attractions to each other. This is something that sets her DoS series apart from Glimpse and Glimmer- there is a decidedly adult edge of sexuality. Rebellion is more about romance and anticipation. I liked the way she switched to new characters from DoS; it was interesting to revisit Julian and Flora, but from the outside looking in. The only thing I wish was different was that Rebellion was longer and gave us more. I wanted to stay with the two main characters just a little bit longer, so hopefully there will be a third one out soon.

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