Melanie Gideon: Pucker

Thomas Quicksilver, known to his classmates as “Pucker,” has always been an outsider. His crazy mother, the secret of his family’s strange origins, and above all, the terrible scars on his face from a childhood fire—these things have kept Thomas isolated and alone. Now, at seventeen, a quest to save his dying mother takes Thomas back to his birthplace, an alternate world called Isaura from which he and his mother were exiled years earlier. In Isaura, Thomas’s scars will be magically healed. He will fall in love for the first time. And he will face a devastating, impossible choice.

I like that the author doesn’t go the self-pity route with Thomas.

I do find it rather curious in that Pucker reads like a short story, despite being novel-length. Part of it has to do with the ending. While the ends are tied up, it wasn’t a very satisfying ending.

Isaura…was boring. Mostly because I think not enough effort was put into the worldbuilding.

I think none of the characters paid a high enough price for the Ever afters, but that’s a personal preference.

This rates 3.5 out of 5.


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