Sara Six Stringsby Moriah Howell
Published on October 17, 2010 by Createspace
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sara could never remember what real happiness felt like. As a young girl, she lived in the shadow of her father's absence and her mother's dark dips of depression. And when a horrible accident takes any chance she has of feeling good, she's left with no other option. Gavis, the mysterious and dangerous magician, shows up at exactly the right time. He offers Sara a world she can only dream of; a world without negative emotions. The only catch is that she'll have to become his marionette. After a painful transition, Sara wakes up with strings. Six, silver, harder-than-diamonds strings laced to her body. And she discovers something else; she can't feel a thing. Nothing physical or emotional. Mason never knew real happiness either, until he met Sara. Her situation and intelligence draws him in, but his troubled past and fear of Gavis keeps him away. When he finds himself promising to help Sara to rediscover her humanity, they both realize that there can never be happiness without a lot of pain and that all real happiness is found in the least likely places. And once it's found, it can't always be kept. With surprise, heartache, and even a little purple magic, Mason and Sara find out what it means to give, take, accept and, with a little luck... love.
Seeing Is Believing
Or is it the other way around? The imagery used in this book is wonderful. As you’re reading, you can clearly picture the various settings. Although the author sometimes tells more than shows, it is easy to visualize the characters and where they are without explaining every little detail. These descriptions really add to the story to make it believable.
Interesting Characters and Concept
This is the first I’ve ever read about a character who becomes a marionette. It was a refreshing take on the idea of magic in modern novels that sets this book aside from others. The characters were well-developed as well and unique, whether you’re talking about Sara’s lack of emotions and feelings entirely, or Gavis’ characteristic fedora. It’s the characters that kept me reading.
Although the concept and characters were good, the aesthetics weren’t. I was forever being pulled out of the story by the weird formatting–or lack thereof–over the course of the entire novel, which made it hard to get through. This was especially prominent at the beginning as it took some getting used to. There was also one chapter that switched tense, making it very confusing when you read it. Some of the transitions, mainly at the beginning again, were too quick, taking the reader from one scene to the next too quickly.
Overall, I thought the plot itself was good and enjoyed the story itself. Although, I do hope that we see a newer, formatted version of this book in the future. Otherwise, a good read.