Rook by Monica MacDonald
Could you be the monster to save who you love?
Two women, separated by generations, must leave what they know to start a new life. Seventeen-year-old Kate's senior year is ruined when she's moved from the only home she's ever known. After an isolating month alone in her apartment, school starts, but neither her classmates nor her teacher are who they seem. Kali, a single mother living in the nineteenth century wilds of Montana, is stalked by a malicious past. She fights to keep her daughter safe while her freedom is threatened by her less than benevolent benefactor. Both find love, and with it hope, but that is quickly ripped away as one woman must learn the lessons of the other -- before it's too late to save either.
The plot of this novel completely intrigued me. It was interesting to see all the pieces fall into place, and it was paced relatively well, albeit being a bit slow in the beginning. I don't want to give too much away, so!
Next the characters were pretty interesting too. They each have very unique personalities and the interactions between the characters was fun to read. They each have their own issues, and even the characters that you shouldn't like, you'll probably like. The other great thing about the characters is that you can tell the difference between the past and present. Kate and Kali's voices are very distinct yet enjoyable.
Yet, I also found myself finding it hard to concentrate while I was reading it. There was a lot more telling than even I normally enjoy. At the same time, there was quite a bit of description. While that's not necessarily a bad thing, I can personally never read too much description before I just start skimming and skipping sections. I don't think it really took anything away from the book, but I felt a bit guilty not reading everything.
Additionally, I found the pace at the beginning to be a bit slow and dull, although there was a sense of foreboding. I knew something big was coming up involving the characters, and there were plenty of clues about the characters to make me suspicious of a few of them. But I think that the amount of telling also took away from it and made it less exciting.
All in all, a very interesting book with a really thrilling plot. The characters are also spectacular and each is very unique.