ARC/NetGalley Review – The Pentrals by Crystal Mack



Release Date: 12 November 2013

Goodreads: 3.78 stars

Amazon: No Ratings

My Rating: 8/10

The book is written in the perspective of Antares – a Pentral that takes the form of a shadow. Antares has spent her life shadowing Violet, a teenage girl who begins to go down the wrong path. Antares, who previously mimicked Violet’s every move, breaks out. The girls swap places – Violet becoming the shadow, and Antares taking control and attempting to get Violet’s life back on track. But, in their new forms, Violet and Antares uncover a sinister underbelly to the mirror-covered metropolis Violet lives in.

I enjoyed this story very much. It was such an original concept, and the world was very wonderfully built. It was short, but very sweet. Once Antares has taken control of Violet’s body, there is a lot of lovely description and mentioning of things that would be boring, mundane or even unnoticed by us – my favourite part was when Antares marvels at being able to look at people in the face, rather than from an odd angle down on the floor. This made Antares’ excitement and feeling of freedom very real.

I had very few problems with the novel, and they are minuscule complaints compared to how much I loved the book. Towards the end I found that Violet and Antares barely talked, if at all, during the day, which I thought was strange. I also hope that later on in the series, Thomas becomes more of a three dimensional character. He has plenty of room for growth and personality, which isn’t always a bad thing.

I still really enjoyed the book, however, and will be looking out for the next book in the series. Also, lovely cover!


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