DNF: Indigo by Gina Linko

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15751470A gift?

A curse?

A moment that changes everything. . . .

Caught in an unexpected spring squall, Corrine’s first instinct is to protect her little sister Sophie after a nasty fall. But when Corrine reaches out to comfort her sister, the exact opposite occurs. Her touch–charged with an otherworldly force and bursting with blinding indigo color–surges violently from Corrine to her sister. In an instant, Sophie is dead. From that moment on, Corrine convinces herself that everyone would be better off if she simply withdrew from life.

When her family abruptly moves to New Orleans, Corrine’s withdrawal is made all the easier. No friends. No connections. No chance of hurting anyone. But strange things continue to happen around her in this haunting, mystical city. And she realizes that her power cannot be ignored, especially when Rennick, a talented local artist with a bad-boy past, suggests another possibility: Corrine might have the touch. An ability to heal those around her. But knowing what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust her gift?

Last year I fell in love with Gina Linko in her book, Flutter. I was naturally excited to read Indigo. The cover looks awesome, the synopsis sounds cool, and I’m always up for a paranormal fantasy book. I didn’t end up loving this book. I ended up DNF’ing it half way through for a couple different reasons. 1) This is not really a paranormal fantasy book 2) the characters and 3) the connection.

Goodreads has Indigo listed as young adult/fantasy/paranormal. The very first thing that should have been listed is contemporary followed by realistic fiction. Now, I want to point out that the writing was amazing. I don’t think Gina Linko can even write something that is bad. However, I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary…something that I’ve never been shy to admit. There are some contemp books out there that I love, but for the most part I don’t care for them. Indigo focuses heavily on Corrine’s pain over losing her little sister and coming to terms with it and moving on with her life. There is a paranormal aspect of the book, but it’s soooo minor. It’s there…but it’s not there.

As for the characters, I didn’t really connect with any of them. Corrine bugged the crap out of me. She whined constantly and a big majority of the book was dedicated to just her thoughts and her grief. I know that’s a huge part of what the book is about, but it got old. I was so tired of Corrine being down all the time. I was annoyed that there wasn’t a bigger paranormal aspect of the book. I just couldn’t handle the total sadness that envelopes this book.

I’ve pretty much covered the connection problem. I didn’t relate to the plot or the characters. It really just wasn’t for me. Again, though, the writing IS beautiful. And I think that Indigo is going to highly appeal to contemporary fans. I mean….if you love contemporary…GO GET THIS BOOK. You’re probably going to end up bawling your eyes out or something and love this book forever. I can totally see that happen. But if you’re going into this book expecting a huge paranormal read, you’re gonna be disappointed.

 

Pages: 304

Publication Date: October 22nd 2013

Publisher: Random House Children’s

Source: EARC provided by publisher

Rating: N/A due to DNF

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