Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Review: Harbinger - Sara Wilson Entienne

Author: Sara Wilson Entienne
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BYR
Release Date: February 2, 2012
Pages: 309
Read In: 2 days

Girl, Interrupted meets Beautiful Creatures in this fast-paced thriller

When sixteen-year-old Faye arrives at Holbrook Academy, she doesn't expect to find herself exactly where she needs to be. After years of strange waking visions and nightmares, her only comfort the bones of dead animals, Faye is afraid she's going crazy. Fast.

But her first night at Holbrook, she feels strangely connected to the school and the island it sits on, like she's come home. She's even made her first real friends, but odd things keep happening to them. Every morning they wake on the floors of their dorm rooms with their hands stained red.

Faye knows she's the reason, but what does it all mean? The handsome Kel tries to help her unravel the mystery, but Faye is certain she can't trust him; in fact, he may be trying to kill her - and the rest of the world too.

Rich, compelling writing will keep the pages turning in this riveting and tautly told psychological thriller.

A Teenager's Perspective:

As soon as we started writing this review, it got a bit chillier in the living room. Maybe, because we're reviewing, "Harbinger" by Sara Wilson Entienne. Doesn't that title just want to make you shudder, each time you hear it? The "Harbinger" *shudder*

First, let us start off by saying this book was BEYOND "good." Like oh-my-God-that-so-did-not-just-happen-good. Every few chapters, we had to take a quick break to process what we just read, and of course, turn up the heating system. Anyway, let's get to what we've all been waiting for ... "The Harbinger!"

The novel begins with Faye's parents conning her into attending Holbrook Academy. At first she thinks, the academy is just prison-like school for no-good teenagers; but little does she know, that there's an alterior motive. When strange things start happening to Faye, and new discoveries are made, Faye will really question who she is, her purpose, and why she feels so LINKED to the island Holbrook rests on.

Throughout the book, Faye struggles with the "hallucinations" that she has. The hallucinations spiral so out of control, that she begins confuse reality, with what she's seeing. She assures herself that "Fear is an illusion," but when strange become stranger, Faye will do anything to maintain her sanity.

The other characters. Let's get to them, shall we? Okay, so we have our stereotyped-activist-stubborn-teenager, Maya. She seems to be portrayed as the "best friend," of Faye, though FRIENDS is not a word I would use for Faye's creepy "Family Unit." Then we have Kel. This mysterious, tall, dark, and handsome guy, who seems to "get" Faye, in ways she can't understand. Words can't begin to describe how wierdly connected she feels to him. (Though, they don't seem to need words to be able to communicate. Yeah, that's right. Plenty of lip-locking going on there.) The meat of the story, somehow revolves around Kel, and Faye's relationship; which by association also include the rest of the family unit. As weird events start to occur among the unit, they begin to realize that their "links" may be something more than a few personality traits they have in common.

We weren't to fond of the novel's ending, but what can we say? A novel can ONLY be so alluring. We'd go into depth about what we mean, but then we'd spoil it, wouldn't we? So, we'll leave that for you to decide.

Overall, we thought "Harbinger," was a heart wrenching, toe curling, and teddy bear-grabbing read. Though we had mixed feelings about Faye, in the end, she grew on us. What did you guys think of "Harbinger?"



  1. HI girls!

    This is Krishna from Book Blogs! I love your blog! It's so nice! I'm a new follower!

    Haven't come across this book yet, but it seems exciting and full of mystery! And that's my thing as of now.. lol.. I change my tastes when it comes to books like I change my clothes. It really depends on my mood. I might check this book out!

    Thanks for the great review!

  2. Hey Krishna,

    Thanks for the follow. Yes, it definitely was a very exciting,and unpredictable read. Lol, i think we can say the same for our taste in books. Picky with story-lines -- not genres.

    You're most welcome (:

  3. I have heard mixed reviews on this book, but whenever I see the cover it is so alluring, I'm glad to see you girls liked it and I have it on my TBR list so, I will have to see if I like it!
    New follower, I have a pretty new blog also,


  4. We thought the same as well! the cover is to die for, and we'd rate the book 5 stars, just for the cover. but, you know, "Don't judge a book by it's cover." Blah Blah. We weren't disappointed though, definitely put in on your TBR list. We are also following you now (:

  5. I saw the book trailer for this a little before it was released and immediately pre-ordered it. It gave me goosebumps watching, and I was hoping beyond hope that the book would have the same effect (and when you say teddy bear-grabbing I think the book will do that too!) I still haven't read it but your review bumped it higher on my month's reading list. :) New follower here.

    -Allie @ Pages & Pomegranates

  6. Yes, it did. We actually never watched the trailer, but we're searching it right now. The book, definitely had the same effect, then. Lol teddy-bear-grabbing, is now a new adjective!We're glad our review helped to bump "Harbinger" up. Yeah, definitely read this, pronto! thanks for the follow, we are now following you back. Cool blog, btw. (:

    -Anastasia, Demitra, & Persephone

  7. Thanks for the review guys. This one is on my 'to read' list.


  8. I saw the trailer before I read this. Awesome book and great review! My own review coming up very soon! :) Following you!

  9. Hey Bookluvrs,

    Yes, definitely have this on your TBR list, you won't regret it. We'll watch out for your review on it, hope you enjoy it as much as we did (:

  10. Hey Amanda,

    thanks for the follow, Amanda. (: We'll make sure to watch out for your review as well. Thank you! We have to watch this trailer, everyone keeps talking about!

  11. Hey Faith,

    Aww, thank you! We're so glad you do. Thanks for the follow. &our blog is amazing, by the way. We love your Blue Egg Books banner, too. Yes definitely read this book, and Congrats on your engagement! (: Thanks again!