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Cat Winters has done it again! I seriously LOVE her books!!!! She totally gets me and how to rope me into her stories. I feel like I’m the fly on the wall watching all of this go down. You fall in love with her characters and want to know what happens to them after the story ends!
This story is set in 1900-once again in Portland, Oregon. Olivia Mead is celebrating her 17th birthday (which happens to be on Halloween) watching the famous French hypnotist, Henri Reverie. She is called on stage to be hypnotized in front of everyone. It does catch the eye of her crush, Percy.
Olivia’s father, Dr. Mead, is a crazy dentist who is super strict on Olivia. Her mother ran off to NYC when she was 4 year-old to be a broadway star probably because her father is so overbearing and sexist! Many men were during that time. This was during the suffragette period of time where women were fighting to be equal enough to vote!
Dr. Mead gets a crazy idea! He wants to cure Olivia’s dreams of voting, going to college, and working by being hypnotized. Little does he know, Henri gives her something better- a gift to see the world as it truly is. She begins to see vampires and ghosts of people everywhere she looks. She even sees Percy for who he truly is- definitely not what she thought!
Dr. Mead decides to cure her for good by having Henri hypnotize her once more by making her ill when she hears certain words. The joke will soon be on him because Henri and Olivia have cooked up a plan that will have the whole town talking.
I wanted to like this book but the story sizzled out after the initial drama. The other characters around Olivia never developed any nuances worth mentioning. It was pretty much a set cast and then everyone just played their rigid parts till she had grown up and realised what she had to do.
For someone supposed to be so smart she didn't really use her intelligence a lot and insights and revelations seemed either scare the shit out of her or confuse her.
Uneven story, at best.
I enjoyed this book and the way it forces the reader not just to look at the story being told, but how it may be present in the reader's own life story. I do think that the black/white view of the character of people, largely with the bad/black being men was a bit clunky and unrealistic, however, it was still really interesting to listen to and was an unfortunately good book as I should be studying for a Uni exam...
I also really enjoy books read by J. Ikeda, so win win