For the last post of this blog tour, I host Debbie Manber Kupfer...
Miri Katz is a child when her grandmother dies. Celia Katz is the only family she has ever known, the only person who loved her for the first years of her life. And she always had cats around her, lots and lots of cats, apart from the two cats that lived in their house. The day Celia dies, Miri is left to the cares of David Katz, Celia’s son, who takes the girl to St. Louis and sends her to a boarding school. And it’s at the boarding school that Miri finally understands why she is different, what is so special about her and why her grandmother had left her a silver charm in the form of a cat.
The story is very well written, the reader is grabbed by the narration and Debbie Manber Kupfer builds up the events in such a way that it is very difficult for the reader to put the book away. Most characters are people one would love to know personally, like Josh, the first person who is nice to Miri after her grandmother’s death, or Danny, who helps the girl understand and use her growing powers.
On the other hand Miri encounters also ferocious enemies, like Alistair, and more fragile figures like her own mother, one of the many victims by the hand of Alistair. He is danger and evil personified, and to be honest, I did not feel sorry for him in the end. They say that even the greatest of evil starts out with something good and that there always is a reason why someone turns bad. In this case I really find it hard to believe.
In this second novel set at P.A.W.S. Institute of the Midwest, Miri is engaged once again in a fight for her life against Alistair. The man is helped by David, the girl’s uncle, who falls victim of Alistair, just like his sister before him. Miri travels back to New York with Danny and is later witness to the new horrors created by Alistair and carried on by Ryan and Andrew on his behalf. This time Miri has not only to face danger, but also the jealousy she feels regarding Danny. This novel is not simply about good versus evil, but also about love and strange alchemies in life. Quentin, the wizard who had aided Alistair for a very long time, comes back into the lifes of Danny and his mother, turning their worlds once more upside down.
The characters have all grown considerably, and the plot has followed, becoming in some parts more graphic, darker in a way. At times I found it not as easy to read as the first novel, because of its content and the brutality with which some characters act. But mostly, their intentions made me shiver.
Again, Debbie Manber Kupfer is a great writer, she is able to create situations, characters, relationships and tensions that keep the reader captured. She proves capable of grabbing the reader’s attention once more, not slacking on the pace and forcing the reader to read during impossible moments, staying up far too late at night and putting not enough attention into cooking dinner, just to read out Miri’s story.
I am personally very eager to see how the third part of P.A.W.S. will be.