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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Blog Tour: Book Review: Kindred by Tammar Stein


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Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375858717 ISBN-13: 978-0375858710
Buy the book: Amazon


The first time I meet an angel, it is Raphael and I am eighteen.


Miriam is an unassuming college freshman stuck on campus after her spring break plans fall through. She's not a religious girl--when pressed she admits reluctantly to believing in a higher power. Truth be told, she's about as comfortable speaking about her faith as she is about her love life, which is to say, not at all. And then the archangel Raphael pays Miriam a visit, and she finds herself on a desperate mission to save two of her contemporaries. To top it all off, her twin brother, Mo, has also had a visitation, but from the opposite end of the good-evil spectrum, which leaves Miriam to wonder--has she been blessed and her brother cursed or vice versa? And what is the real purpose behind her mission?

My Review:
Kindred was a fast enough pace read that you will not get bored, and a slow enough read, that you become one with the characters. 

Miriam is visited by an archangel Raphael and is given several missions she must do. She totally bombs on the first one and is forced to move on to the next missions. She moves away from school and gets a job soon after her first mission. After Miriam moves away she meets Emmett. Not too long after, Emmett would do anything for Miriam, he was always there for her when she needed him. It was hard to read how much crap Miriam physically went through in this book. She wanted to complete her other missions so God would show her favor and heal/cure her. My favorite parts of the book was when Miriam and her twin brother Moses ("Mo") were together, constantly arguing and battling with each other. They really loved each other though, you could tell that Miriam and Mo were really close. I think their relationship was strained while battling good vs. evil. Mo was a good supporting character.

This book really was a heart thumping read, in the end. The only problem I might of had with this book, is the fact that it moved around a bit, a little jumpy. The flow of  the storyline could of used some help. However, it slowly progressed into a very good climatic ending.


7 comments:

  1. I must confess that I have some problems with this kind of books where girl and boy meet each other and two pages later they're all "you're the only thing that matters in my life"! I've just finished "Intertwined" by Gena Showalter and it was like that: not only one but two boring couples! So I think "Kindred" is not for me... =(

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  2. I agree! I'm so sick of books like that! I want to know WHY people fall in love. And it has to be more than an "unexplainable feeling"

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  3. I agree. However, this book did not have a lot of romance in it. You could read between the lines. It wasn't near as bad as other books I read, as far as the 'Love at first site' scenario.

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  4. Is it just me, or is the picture of the girl on the cover the exact same one on The Angel Experiment by James Patterson?

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  5. @Sarena OH WOW! OMG! I had to look that up, I don't read James Patterson. IT IS EXACTLY the same. Hmmmmm, couldn't he sue for that?
    That doesn't happen very often, if ever.

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  6. The picture was nagging at me, so I went into my room and got The Angel Experiment and compared the two books... I wonder if the author/publisher/illustrator realized that Kindred's cover is a near copy of another book?

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  7. The cover of this book is used by local publisher for Maximum Ride book 1. When I saw the picture I thought that you were reviewing it, But when I read it, it's totally different book.

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