Tuesday, August 17
By: Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
Reading Level: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press (April 29, 2010)
My Copy: Autographed Copy from Publisher
3 out of 5
A forged letter, a golden vial, an ancient curse...
Her expression remained somber, but excitement crept into her voice. You are the Firstborn She...You must go to them. You want me to act as bait? Not bait, Emi. A spy. Our Trojan horse.
When Emi Warrin wakes one night to find a thief in her mother's house, she has no idea the intruder has planted a trap - a mysterious letter that will change her life forever. Lured to the Austrian Alps with Daniel, the man she loves, Emi is thrown into a perilous, mafia-like world of feuding families and a devastating curse that spans generations. As the Firstborn She - the only firstborn female in hundreds of years - only Emi can free her family from the curse that will soon afflict her as well. But for Emi to break the curse, she must delve into evil designs.
As Emi struggles to understand her destiny as the Firstborn She, she learns that everything isn't as it seems and that all choices have consequences. Can Emi break the curse before it's too late?
As one of only two books that Hinrichsen has published I am very impressed about the quality of this book. I found it to be a very entertaining read that was not at all what I had expected. As a new author naturally the novel incorporated moments that I was able to clearly recognize that I was dealing with a new writer; although impressively it was few and far between. Her character and story line were very original, and the detail to which she wrote without overloading the story had me on the edge of my seat. This is an author that has definitely proven her abilities, and I look for her to have a very promising future in the writing world. With the number of books I have read it is hard to find a novel that totally Blind Sides me. It was truly appreciated and enjoyed.