Monday, December 31, 2012

Semester Aboard

Semester Aboard (More than Magic, #1) 
 3 of 5 stars false 
Jen is looking forward to spending an entire summer studying abroad on a cruise ship and she knows the experience will change her life. Then she sees something she wasn't supposed to see, something she can't explain. Jen finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed and her life will change more than she imagined. That is, if she can survive the dangers lurking on the ship


Jen is a normal girl enjoying being able to go on the semester abroad cruise ship, she is learning new things, getting to visit new places and make new friends. One night when she can't sleep she goes on deck and sees a group of kids, one gets pushed overboard and nobody does anything. Then the boy climbs back up like nothing happened, everything in Jens world changed. She has a new group of friends who are Mariana a mermaid, Dani a water elemental, Tethys a werewolf, Charlie a fire elemental and Thomas a vampire. She has to keep everything a secret (she isn't told Thomas is a vampire till later), and after she meets Jon she finds out she is a witch. On top of everything there is something on board that is feeding off the passengers and now they have to find out what and who it is. I wanted to like this book so much; I just had a really hard time getting into it. I couldn't seem to connect to the characters, they were supposed to be in college, yet their actions and emotions seemed closer to high school freshman or sophomores. That being said, the writing was wonderful, Kirke has very good writing skills and it shows in every paragraph. The characters are well rounded and they seem to feed off one-another’s actions. The world the Kirk builds is creative, while staying close to real as is possible with a paranormal book. The actions scenes are engaging and keep you holding your breath with hope that all characters are ok.  I just did not have a connection to the characters and I felt they were too juvenile for the age group they were supposed to be. I also don't do well with cliffhangers, this book did not have a huge one, but I felt that too many issues were left unresolved when the book ended.  I gave this book three stars, because while it is not one of my personal favorites, it is so well written I am sure other people will enjoy it.

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