Published by Carlrhoda Lab on March 1st, 2015
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Sephora Golding lives in the shadow of her unbelievably beautiful mother. Even though they scrape by in the seedier part of Venice Beach, she's always felt lucky. As a child, she imagined she was a minor but beloved character in her mother's fairy tale. But now, at sixteen, the fairy tale is less Disney and more Grimm. And she wants the story to be her own. Then she meets Felix, and the fairy tale takes a turn she never imagined. Sometimes, a story is just a way to hide the unspeakable in plain sight.
Infandous means something to horrible to mention. While the title of this book is ominous, it wasn’t that this book was a terrible read that caused me to be unable to finish it. It was more that this book was unbearably slow.
It does not lack in eloquent words, with lines such as
“There is a quality to her beauty, a luminosity, that something special you can’t fake. ”
The plot, or what I got to read of it was slightly intriguing, but I kept finding myself waiting for something to happen. That big moment changer, and after sixty-nine pages I was still getting nowhere. The main character Sephora, is an odd beautiful character, and the part of the book that I read was spent describing her uniqueness and that of her mother. Over all they’re everyday lives, from sun up to sun down. I don’t usually mind when an author gives you that added insight into a characters life. But it was the pace and lack of excitement that had me dragging through the pages.
There was mere hints of things to come, but they just never arrived. A lusty stolen moment with a guy, she can’t seem to get out of her head. What I did love was the haunting, dark and twisted take on the age-old fairy tales, that she weaved in between Sephora’s story. They are nothing close to the tales we heard as children, and they lent the over all story an air of mystery.
I kept trying to push forward, hoping that the story would pick up, but I grew restless before that moment arrived, and I set the book aside. I would recommend it to those that don’t mind a slower paced book, and if I had to rate it, even unfinished I would at least give it 2 stars for the authors lovely ability to describe even the blandest of things.