Hello Creatures !!
It’s a book review kind of day ! And today I am going to be reviewing the first book in the “Sweep” series by Cate Tiernan. Let me tell something about this author. I think she is very unappreciated ! Her books aren’t really life changing or anything but they are very entertaining and a very fast read! But I’ll get more into that, lets begin!
Author: Cate Tiernan
Genre: YA paranormal
Format: 3 book bind up, softcover
Rating: 5 stars
Something is happening to me that I don’t understand.
I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can’t do. Powerful things. Magical things. It scares me.
I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I’m starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me.
Now this is a re read for me, and I think this was really the second or third series I read after Divergent when I was fresh back into reading, and back then I loved this book, and I’m glad to say I still do.
Though there’s not anything life changing or eye opening this book is so so so entertaining. And for me thats why I read. I do think this book is very different from anything I’ve read to this day, and I haven’t found anything like it or since, so it does have the unique factor. I haven’t seen much books about Wicca, about witches? Yes but Wicca itself as a religion and culture is something fresh to me. I don’t know a whole lot about Wicca but Tiernan is from New Orleans and they know a lot about it down there so based on that I would think her information might exaggerated but based off of real fact. But again not 100% so don’t quote me, I’m just assuming.
This book is written in a way that makes it such a easy and fast read. I am typically a slow reader, and not in the way where I don’t find the time, I mean the average person will read 70-100 pages in an hour, well I’ll read 50-70. So in general I am a slow reader. But I literally zip through this book and I love that. Also as I’m just whizzing through I enjoy every bit of the book theres no part where I lose interest or I think it’s too slow I just enjoy and take in every chapter, every page and thats a really such a nice feeling when reading. And it’s kinda even weird for me because this book isn’t typically what I read or would enjoy. It is very much paranormal but also very much on the contemporary side, at least the first book so far.
The writing itself is very beautiful and flows very nicely, however it’s not as lyrically beautiful as it is scenery beautiful. There are some quotes in this book I’d get tattooed but for the most part I find Tiernan really knows how to set the background. The way she describes the Autumn leaves falling to the ground with a mix of reds and greens it makes it so vivid and just gorgeous.
As much as I love the setting I really love these characters. Although I will warn you they can be very troby and cliche but, oh my god I love them. Morgan is just such a well thought out young girl and I related to her in a lot of ways, I’m not going to say because spoilers but I just feel where she is coming from. Not to mention she is a very strong young women and some of the things she does is a great example for other young girls. The group of people Morgan surrounds herself with is very diverse. From the pot head, to the jock all the way to the goth chick, any teenager would fit into that group and in a way it makes the reader feel accepted and puts you more into the story.
That is one thing this book has a lot of is diversity. From a gay aunt to the different cultures within her friends and school. I really like seeing that. It’s not done in a way where it’s just flashing lights and making it obvious that these characters are different, which I find when books do that it still singles out those who are different. This book does it very settle and it makes being gay, or from a different part of the world normal and I love that.
The plot in the first book is really more just setting up for the following books but again completely enjoyable. Living Morgan’s life everyday, even thought it’s just the normal teenage life, is still very entertaining.
This book is very cliche, theres instalove and the famous “flat chest, not too ugly but not too pretty” main character. But I don’t know why guys but I am trash for this series. I thought for sure the second time I might cringe at the trobes but nope, I’m still strongly trash for it ! Haha. It’s a fun escape and just entertaining for me and I really enjoy it. Because of this book I have picked up many other books by Tiernan and she is one of my favourite authors, and if this book/series doesn’t sound like something you would like but you want to try her as an author comment and I will give you the other series of hers I have loved. I would really love to see her become a well known author in the YA world.
I gave this book 4 stars only because theres nothing really overly intense that happens. And although enjoyable plot wise it’s just being set up.
I hope you have enjoyed this review, comment down below if you have read anything by this author !