Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman

Title: The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: Harper Teen

Pages: 416

Received: Publisher

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★½  

What would you pay to cure your heartbreak? Banish your sadness? Transform your looks? The right spell can fix anything…. When Ari's boyfriend Win dies, she gets a spell to erase all memory of him. But spells come at a cost, and this one sets off a chain of events that reveal the hidden—and sometimes dangerous—connections between Ari, her friends, and the boyfriend she can no longer remember. [goodreads]

My Thoughts

I have a few thoughts on this novel and most of the words that can only come out is: dangerous. I fell in love with the idea of this novel and throughout the book I was constantly trying to shadow out what I didn't like. The "magic" premise was interesting enough and these concepts were very addictive. But it failed to show me compassion for its characters because I found them immature or foolish.

The basic plot of Ari wishing her boyfriend alive(from the dead) and she had to suffer what was coming for her actions. She was enrolled into ballet and without a thought of her physical health, she accepts another wish. I couldn't exactly agree with the paths she chose, but her character didn't appeal to me.

The consequences of living in a world of easily relying on spells, can almost make up for most of my non-favorite parts. I think your experiences can somewhat fix your problems because you see whether they broke you or fueled you. 

Overall, the novel explores the complexity of this "magical" world" and the relationships woven in them. The multiple POV's were also very interesting to have different perspectives of the story. This YA book isn't exactly perfect, but I felt just A-Okay.


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