|Kindred by Tammar Stein|
* I read this ARC via Star Book Tours.
This book gets a meh 2 gnomes out of 5 gnomes because it was not even half as exciting as the description made it sound, I actually fell asleep while reading this book on two separate occasions. In this book you find out way too much about the main character's gastrointestinal problems. I don't know about anybody else but when the word diarrhea is mentioned more then once in a book it doesn't really encourage me to read more.
The premise of the book has so much potential but there's not enough actually happens. The tag line on the front of the book, "Twins. Best friends. Enemies. Good and evil have never been so close." Now that's an awesome tag line and made me think well all heck is about to break loose in this story but nope not so much.
The main character, Miriam seems like a normal college student and then she gets visited by an angel. It's not a peaceful visit either, it literally scares the pee out of her. From this vision she figures out that she's supposed to protect someone then this mission ends up not going as planned.
Plus just like the tagline says her twin brother Mo also gets a visit but he has a lot more fun during his visit. I kind of wish that Mo was the narrator for the book instead of Miriam because he seems to be a lot more interesting. His end of the conflict seems to have more going on too.
Miriam ends up in a small town still on her mission. Her fear of what to do next and medical problems add to her discomfort. The story gets interesting at points but it's a tad too preachy for my tastes.
My biggest problem though is that she knows what her brother is doing/who he's communicating with. I'm pretty sure that if a normal person heard that someone that they love is making a deal with the devil that they are going to cause more of a commotion about it then Miriam ever does.
The ending is rather blah but does leave room for a sequel. The events leading up to the ending do make you wonder who will succeed in the end.
Overall this book is an interesting look at some aspects of religion and great for anyone who likes low key action.