Saturday, February 26, 2011

[Review] The Locket by Stacey Jay

Title: The Locket
Author: Stacey Jay
Publication: February 3rd 2011
Publisher: Razorbill
Price: $18.99
Source: ARC Tour (Good Golly Miss Holly Tours)
Age: 16+
Pages: 288
My Rating:

On her seventeenth birthday, Katie discovers a locket and decides to wear it for good luck. But when her boyfriend Isaac finds out she cheated on him— with their mutual best friend Mitch, no less—he dumps her, leaving her devastated.

And then a miracle happens. The locket burns on Katie's chest and she feels herself going back two weeks in time, to the night she cheated with Mitch. At first, Kate is delighted to be a better girlfriend to Isaac this time around. But as other aspects of her life become inexplicably altered, she realizes that changing the past may have had a dangerous effect on her present.

Can she make things right before the locket destroys everything—and everyone—she loves?

My thoughts: 

The Locket by Stacey Jay took me on a tumultuous flux along with Katie, the protagonist, as she travelled through time via magical locket, in hopes that her perfect relationship with her boyfriend remains intact. But what she doesn't expect, is for other aspects: minor details, and major and life-threatening ones, to start popping up. Suddenly she doesn't know what's going on anymore, and she's in constant disarray. The Locket was a really interesting and thought-provoking read, as well as incredibly fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, once I finally got hooked onto it.

The characters, I believe, were explored with the right amount of detail and effort. Katie is not exactly popular, nor does she much enjoy the company of others, but what I really liked is the stories that we are privy to in this novel, that Katie reveals unto us. Her best friends and boyfriend, are centric to the plot, and are major contenders to what happens after the locket takes its effects, but Jay also takes the time to add depth to other characters.

The Locket was just really easy to read. The writing style wasn't all that special, but that reflected on the "nothing special" personality of Katie:
"As he circled around the front, I wished I had opted for jeans with a T-shirt and locket insterad of a skirt. Isaac liked me best in jeans. He always wore jeans."
The plot was also quite simple. Girl picks up locket, magically she goes back in time, everything starts to change. I was consistently entertained enough to continue reading on, and as Katie kept discovering things, more questions would appear. The first-person perspective was perfect in this sense, because I was only offered as much information on the powers of the locket and the forces of nature as Katie had received. The ending was both amazing and confusing. I don't want to get into it right now, for fear of spoiling it all, but I suggest you read it just so you can tell me exactly what happened.

The Locket was by no means perfect, but it was definitely entertaining enough, and I would absolutely consider buying it. For anyone who wants to read something easy to read, but also packed with some substance, The Locket may just be it.

First Line (ARC)

"It was raining so hard I could barely see my hands as I wrapped my fingers around the tree house step and started to climb."


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I have received this review copy in return for an honest review. 

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