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Title: A Crack in Everything
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Publisher: O’Brien Press
Publication Date: Sept 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Welcome to The Other Side …
Chasing a thief, Izzy Gregory takes a wrong turn down a Dublin alley and finds the ashes of a fallen angel splashed across the dirty bricks like graffiti. She stumbles into Dubh Linn, the shadowy world inhabited by the Sidhe, where angels and demons watch over the affairs of mortals, and Izzy becomes a pawn in their deadly game. Her only chance of survival lies in the hands of Jinx, the Sidhe warrior sent to capture her for his sadistic mistress, Holly. Izzy is something altogether new to him, turning his world upside down.
A thrilling, thought-provoking journey to the magic that lies just beside reality.
REVIEW BY JESSICA 8:6
A Crack In Everything by Ruth Francis Long is set in modern day Dublin, however all is not as it seems. The main character, Isabelle Gregory (Izzy) enters a spine-chilling alley, in search of a man who stole her mobile phone, she grasps that the humans aren’t the only race on the flat plane (Earth). Many other supernatural beings also inhabit this land, and she had just, unknowingly crossed the threshold into their territory.
The story is told in third person narrative; I think this is more effective than it being written in first person because it gives the reader more detailed feeling of several individuals instead of just one! Also, if the author wrote the book in first person for multiple characters it could possibly complicate the reader’s understanding of the novel.
After touching an Angel, which she thought was intricate street art she has developed it’s spark, one of the rarest and most valuable commodities on the planet. It holds the power, which has the potential to eradicate the flat plane, cause another universal war or could give a supernatural being the capability to eliminate everything in its path. However to grasp at the prize they would have to capture and kill Izzy. When a late teen who is an Aes Sìdhe/Cú Sídhe (a rare cross breed of supernatural races) called Jinx offers to defend her, Izzy becomes suspicious. However, with him as her only form of protection, she’s left without an option! Will he save her from her hunters or lead her to her merciless death.
My favorite character in the tale was Izzy because her personality was: selfless, brave, emotional, lovable and curious. She would rather die for what she loved, trusted and believed in than watch injustice with no reaction. Her heart is golden, unlike the way most other characters are portrayed in Ruth Francis’ writing.
In addition, my favorite scene (which also shows her compassion) is when she led the malicious monsters away from her father’s sickbed in the hospital in the hope of ensuring his safety. As she stepped outside of the hospital she saw Jinx as well as many perilous races, instead of leaving him to defend for himself she aided him. At this moment in the book she is described as “determined, her eyes as hard as stones, fixed ahead.” This line shows the transformation and character development from the start of the fiction as there it describes her as scared of a beggar on the street and the buzz of her mobile phone, which has no comparison to a supernatural creature!
One aspect that I didn’t enjoy was the amount of supernatural races. As I was reading I found that I had to constantly refer to the glossary of terms at the back of the book to discover which supernatural race a particular character was. Also, it broke up the fluidity of my reading, making it more strenuous to create an image of each individual creature.
I would have liked to have seen Izzy’s relationship with Dylan and Jinx develop differently. I wish a love triangle could have been brought into the story-line more prominently. Not only would this have created more tension and friction between all of the characters, but it would have broken up the action scenes with the demons and angels so that it was not too overpowering and complicated.
From the book I’ve learned that the love between two people whether family or friends, if it’s strong enough can pull you through anything. Even if everyone surrounding you is against you love will conquer all. The centre focus of the book is Izzy and Jinx’s relationship and how love can make hope blossom out of what seemed like nothingness. Although some people say that for others hope is lost, this book shows them that even when you are at your lowest point hope in a thought, belief or person can get you through it.
I don’t think the ending was predictable as it is unlike any book I’ve ever read before. They way Ruth Francis Long described the state of different characters mentally and physically caused me to question who would actually save Izzy, if anyone? I would have liked the ending to have been written in many different ways, with several different scenarios because it keeps the reader’s interest and doesn’t make them feel bored or tired alike some other books.
Whilst reading the novel I felt a range of different emotions such as: sad, happy, joyful, frustrated and at times confused. As I touched on before I was frustrated and confused when more and more supernatural races/ beings were being introduced as it challenging to memorize who was good and who was evil. Even though there were sad occasions, there were also happy ones which are communicated very well though the authors writing.
There are some issues in this book, it contains quite a lot of cursing which therefore makes it’s age rating increase. I would suggest this book for 12 years and over due to the strong and complex language. Ruth Francis Long has a unique writing style, it is sophisticated and has a fast adventurous tempo. The actual content in her novels can be described as the perfect mix of romance and fantasy, which are common themes throughout her stories. I would compare this book to Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, both novels contain a variety of love, adventure, risk, loss and superhuman creatures!
I would read a book written by Ruth Francis Long again as she had carefully balanced a combination of different themes whilst still not over complicating the main focus of the novel. Also the morals and themes in this particular writing were prominently communicated, so that the reader has not just read the tale but learnt something from it like I have. I would recommend this novel to a friend, however only a friend who is either open-minded to try a new genre or has already read and enjoyed similar plots and themes. I would rate this book four out of five as it was structured attentively and by the conclusion, no questions were left unanswered.