Swift by Heather London


Swift (Swift Series)

Synopsis:

A girl totally unaware of her destiny.

Two men who will stop at nothing to take her power.

One family who will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

After graduating from high school, Meredith is ready to leave the place that has been a constant reminder of what happened to her as a child. She was just eight years old when her family died in a mysterious car accident, taking the secret of her destiny with them. It’s not until a new family moves to town that she realizes leaving may not be as easy as she once thought. 

Meredith feels an instant connection towards the Harpers, especially the good-looking, mysterious Blake and his overly friendly sister, Abby. After a series of bizarre events that happen too often to be coincidence, Meredith begins to realize that she is at the center of something larger than herself—possibly the same thing that killed her parents and twin sister many years ago. Nightmarish visions and resurfacing memories push Meredith closer to Blake, leading her to discover her destiny and other buried secrets. 

As Meredith tries to understand her new world, she will be put to the ultimate test, and her strength and courage will be challenged more than she ever imagined.

Review:

Swift started off and it made me think of Beautiful Creatures. I wasn't sure where it was going to go, but it was similar to other stories I have read. It wasn't bad, but then it eventually got to a point where I was so frustrated by it. Some spoilers ahead.

Meredith can't wait to get out of her tiny town. She is planning her escape for the end of the summer. She gets a job at the library and meets the new kids in town in strange circumstances. She quickly is drawn to Blake, even though she doesn't know why. He is sweet and looks out for her, showing up to walk her home from work and stuff, but doesn't feel like he can do more. The story moves slowly and it takes a while to really get going, but I didn't mind it. I was enjoying it until it got very aggravating!

So Meredith is upset and doesn't want to be alone (her aunt is off on a honeymoon) so she calls up Roger, her bff. Note on Roger - he is her best friend, one of two friends she has, and he is pretty much absent from the book. He is in the first chapter, then goes away for the summer about an hour away and they pretty much never talk again during the book. She calls him up and goes to visit, they go out to eat and she gets attacked and taken out to the alley by the bad guy, Isaac (note she was supposed to be using the restroom). Of course Blake shows up and helps her and takes care of her, taking her back to town and making sure she is safe, but she never goes back to Roger or even asks about him. Like a day later Blake brings him up like hey don't worry about your bff, my sister took care of that. She went down there and made them forget you were there once we got back. He must be such a great friend to just forget about him. Yes, you have crazy things happening, but you never once remember the guy who means so much to you? Okay.

Then after the attacks the Harpers start to tell Meredith what is going on, what she is and everything. Well they do so in the slowest, most painful way possible! It is so drawn out and I was just like get on with it! Just spit it out already!! This is ridiculous! It was like well first we lived back in the day. Let's just all sit here and think about this for a bit. Then you have some powers, but we don't want to just say what they are right now. Better to just be as vague as possible so we can really drag this out. It was horrible. Then once they do explain things, they don't really explain everything. It is just like your mom was a witch, you are one of the most powerful witches ever, bad people are after you. Why are they? Who knows. Why were they sent to protect her? Who knows. Who are the people trying to hurt her? Who cares. I was just like wait...I don't get any more? You draw this out and yet you still don't get the answers. I have to wait for another section like this?? Plus Meredith doesn't have any questions as to who these bad guys are and why they want her? Really??? She just is like cool, that is enough info. It was so frustrating. It was like the author was just trying to drag everything out to try and make it more dramatic or something? I don't really know. After the attack by Isaac everything was just very frustrating.

The very end was odd as well. Finally the library comes into play, which I had been waiting for since the start of the book. So Meredith had been practicing her magic, but wasn't very good at it yet. She found something that meant that the Harpers would die, so she suddenly is able to travel back in time, where they had returned, and save the day. It ends with her back in time like yey! Everything is perfect. Who cares if she is back in time and cannot see her family again. Everything is perfect...it just didn't make much sense. It didn't end on a high. The whole last part of the book was very frustrating.

Rating: 2/5

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