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Harbinger pdf Harbinger , ebook Harbinger , epub Harbinger , doc Harbinger , e-pub Harbinger , Harbinger 9fe1969b448 Plagued By Waking Visions And Nightmares, Inexplicably Drawn To The Bones Of Dead Animals, Faye Thinks She S Going Crazy Fast Her Parents Believe Holbrook Academy Might Just Be The Solution Dr Mordoch Tells Her It S The Only Answer But Faye Knows That Something S Not Quite Right About Dr Mordoch And Her Creepy, Prisonlike School For Disturbed TeenagersWhat S Wrong With Holbrook Goes Beyond The Takers, Sadistic Guards Who Threaten The Student Body With Tasers And Pepper Spray Or Nurse, Who Doles Out Pills At Bedtime And Doses Of Solitary Confinement When Kids Step Out Of Line Or Rita, The Strange Girl Who Delivers Ominous Messages To Faye That Never Seem To Make Any Sense What S Wrong With Holbrook Begins And Ends With Faye S Red Hands She And Her Newfound Friends Her Holbrook Family Wake Up Every Morning With Their Hands Stained The Terrible Brown Red Of Dried Blood Faye Has No Idea What It Means But Fears She May Be The CauseBecause Despite The Strangeness Of Holbrook And The Island On Which It Sits, Faye Feels Oddly Connected To The Place She Feels Especially Linked To The Handsome Kel, Who Helps Her Unravel The Mystery There S Just One Problem Faye S Certain Kel S Trying To Kill Her And Maybe The Rest Of The World, TooA Rich And Tautly Told Psychological Thriller, Harbinger Heralds The Arrival Of An Exciting New Voice In Young Adult Fiction


10 thoughts on “Harbinger

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    Whether you know it or not, each one of you is at a critical turning point If you are willing, there is still time to turn back from the terminal paths you have chosen But Holbrook is your last chance In the peace of these woods, we can lead you back to society, show you how to assimilate, nurture appropriate behavior But if you turn your back on this final opportunity, the rest of the world will not be so kind Well, they weren t exactly kind either Faye Robson has been fighting with visions and nightmares for years Instead of trying to find ways to help her at home, or simply listen to her, her father brought her to Holbrook Academy, a glorified mental institution, and just left her in the not so gentle hands of Dr Murdoch At Holbrook, Dr Murdoch maintains order with the help of her vicious Caretakers, armed with Tasers and pepper spray They punish and degrade students at the slightest provocation, but Faye s group is targeted even often than the others, and something is happening to them at night while they re under the influence of sleeping pills There are authors who write descriptively and atmospherically like it s the easiest thing in the world because it comes naturally to them, and some of those authors are among my favorites However, there are also authors who d like to belong to that group but can t quite pull it off Sarah Wilson Etienne is one of them Her prose screams that she was trying too hard I m not sure what she was aiming to accomplish with the first three or four chapters of Harbinger, but I can tell you that she failed spectacularly As much as she tried to make her descriptions of Holbrook and the surrounding woods stunning and memorable, her sentences simply lack colorfulness and depth She doesn t even have a distinctive style like Tahereh Mafi, for example Hey, you can like Mafi or not, but you can t deny that her writing is different As far as I can tell, she tried to find her voice and failed The worldbuilding was also a mess Wow, I m being especially eloquent today In the not so distant future, people don t live in cities any, they are organized in Cooperatives What are these Cooperatives Who runs them If not in the big cities, where do they live What caused the society to move and reorganize in such a radical way Etienne mentions something about oil, and then around 25% she mentions Peak War, but the real explanation doesn t come until later, and even then it s a lot of telling and no showing, and I just couldn t see the point Why would she set her story in a dystopian world if she wasn t going to develop it properly Halbrook Academy could have existed in today s world with a few minor adjustments In fact, that would have been so much better because the focus needed to remain on the institution alone I really don t see the point of throwing your characters in a world that you leave unexplained until the very end Bits and pieces of information were thrown in randomly, but it was too little and much too late.The second part of the book was even confusing and it showed that en excess of ambition can be a very dangerous thing indeed I m sure the story about the Red Paint People sounded fascinating in theory, but the end result was confusing and well, I was trying not to use the word terrible, but it seems that I have no choice It was a disaster.In case all this wasn t enough to keep you away, there s also the small matter of instalove Faye and Kel meet and they instantly know that they re special to each other Her powers work differently on him and he isn t at all uncomfortable around her like everyone else seems to be At one point, she suspects him of spying, but she s drawn to him nevertheless She doesn t really trust him or confide in him, but of course he s gorgeous so they must be made for each other.In my opinion, Harbinger isn t worth your time If it were a self published book, I d say it s one of those that gives self publishing a bad name I struggled to finish it, and I had trouble keeping up with the abrupt changes in pacing Sarah Wilson Etienne has great imagination, but her writing needs work Also posted at The Nocturnal Library


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    I I really have no idea of what to say to this I had this whole speech planned out about how buried deep within Harbinger, there was a good book great even dying to come out, but clunky writing, choppy sentences and pandemic insta love made sure it didn t But that was before I read the last hundred pages of this and now I m like Because I don t I have seriously no idea of what happened here This book was headed on a clear path to disaster and then it suddenly morphed into this confusing mess where some good things stuck out for me but the rest is blurred at best I liked Harbinger I did I mean, I still don t think I ve grasped its concept, at least not as much as I d be satisfied to, but it wasn t awful and it did have its moments I want to stop thinking about it, though When I remember it, bits and pieces sprint through my train of thought and I just go crazy and ohmygod someone make this stop, please


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    I can honestly say that i tried hard to like this book. I even tried to like Kel i always tend to like the main guys so what i tried, but i failed miserably There s just nothing in the story that i can relate to Their world was a messed up one, which made me feel like this one is a mixture of dystopian and paranormal I usually like those types. but now. errm. i just feel awkward.I don t feel good after reading it I feel weirded out and i admit that i did not exactly get the point or Harbinger If you ask me what the story is all about it s about ending the world but not quite LOL So a group of friends. or FAMILY i didn t exactly understand if each of them has powers who s sooo concerned with the world comes back using another form body to stop the Harbinger who s actually also part of the family but decided to rid the world of it s impurities It was predictable enough when it came to the part where the Harbinger realized that it s not good to wipe out the people What irked me out are the events that lead to the discovery of the harbinger I mean why go in circles Why all the asylum drama and mysteries I also felt appalled realizing that the main character went from being an outcast a closed off person a person who blames other people and even suspects her love interst. to eating her own words and becoming the one who ll actually end the world.I dunno what went wrong.Maybe this book is just not for me..


  4. says:

    A dark, mysterious, disturbing, disturbing, disturbing, and beautifully written masterpiece If you start it, you won t be able to finish it until you find out what the hell is going on at Holbrook Academy.


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    I m so glad I got to read this early I loved it so much I blurbed it Don t you just love the cover


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    First, I want to start off and congratulate Etienne with creating a story world seemingly set in reality, but with the paranormal influences of Native American myth and tarot cards I really liked the world she created Now, I want to preface the rest of my review by beginning with a quote by John Gardner from his The Art of Fiction Notes on the Craft for Young Writers, It is this quality of the novel, its built in need to return and repeat, that forms the physical basis of the novel s chief glory, its resonant close What moves us is not just that characters, images, and events get some form of recapitulation or recall We are moved by the increasing connectedness of things, ultimately a connectedness of values To achieve such an effect, the writer must rise above his physical plot to an understanding of all his plot s elements and their relationships, including those that are inexpressible Gardner, 192 3 Like in most creative writing workshops, I think it is imperative to start a review with some of the strengths especially if it is going to be a somewhat negative review Strengths include the use of tarot cards and the myth in use surrounding the inhabitants of Maine In addition to this, most of Etienne s character descriptions are captivating blue hair, etc I also really enjoyed Dr Mordoch as a torturous character I don t want to be unnecessarily cruel, because I think Etienne has great potential as a writer and storyteller despite the shortcomings of Harbinger The plot is unnecessarily hard to follow, and bogged down with flashbacks that I found myself not caring about I was too involved with the current plot, to be too interested in reading the flashbacks and Faye s memories I think that if Etienne is going to have such a myth based narrative, the importance of the talismans and their purpose needs to be clear at the beginning In fact, the main dramatic question of the narrative changes a number of times It starts off as the reader wondering how Faye is going to escape this horrible school that her family forced her to attend Then it switches to why is there blood colored stuff under Faye and her friends fingernails, and how are they sneaking out Then it switches again to who Rita is and what is the secret in the Compass Rose I can appreciate a narrative with many questions within the story, but Etienne never really established which question was to be the most important I constantly felt like the author would pose a problem to the reader, and then we would hear the solution or concerns about that problem while forgetting all about the rest of the questions in the story Overall, I am giving Harbinger 2 Stars I just couldn t stay focused on the text and all the characters except Dr Mordoch seemed too flat I don t want to discourage you all from giving Harbinger a chance, because you might have a better experience But I think there are stronger YA novels out there.


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    1.5 5 c andrea offermanna story along the lines of l.j smith s deliciously creepy dark vision series.actually it reads as if the author wanted to pay homage to smith and wrote this book, to do so a mysterious thriller, complete with eerie happenings in this school for special children plot the protagonist, faye is sent to a reform school run by dr mordoch, because she s different each morning faye and her group called family wake up with red stained hands from the night before wth happened the painter w visions, the loner dude, the jokers and rebels we have the hidden pasts and the secrets lurking behind every nook and cranny dictatorial authorities punishing them for every deed done the wrong way etc etc etienne s attempt to convey the message of protecting our earth and the nature was slathered on rather thickly and destroyed the so far created suspense and enjoyment of harbinger.on a positive note to celebrate the book s release, 24 artists were commissioned to illustrate some of the scenes from the book look at these lovelies c joan charles c marilyn scott waterstag reincarnation


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    4 1 2 starsYes yes yes, never judge a book by its cover, I know, I know But can we just PLEASE sit here for a minute and appreciate that AMAZING artwork LOOK AT IT Sara Etienne s debut novel will knock your socks off I m serious Etienne s mastery of storytelling and remarkable characters will not allow you to put this book down, and if you do, you re stuck wondering how it s all going to end Faye is tricked by her parents into enrolling into Holbrook Academy which caters to students who are special Faye s talent is that she has visions She can see into your past just by making eye contact which causes people to grow nervous around her At Holbrook, she is able to find a group of peers who accept her as they struggle to figure out the mystery behind their crimson strained hands This plot will have you reading until you get closure There is no guessing what is going to happen next, you think you know what s going on and then the author throws you for a loop which is just fine with me While the finding comfort in dead animal bones is not as prominent in the plot as the blurb makes it out to be, the plot is still interesting and confusing, but a good confusing Sara captures Faye s voice perfectly through the use of the first person narrative The readers are able to understand her desire to rebel, the feelings she has for the mysterious Kel, and how her visions are affecting her Faye often experiences the feeling of being taken over by tidal waves which is portrayed so vividly that the action does not sound imaginary at all There are other instances where you the reader are right along Faye as she comes to terms between what is right and what is wrong, and you re just as distraught as she is About 60 pages into the novel, I had this fear that Sara would gloss over the secondary characters in this novel, thankfully she doesn t We get background information on nearly on all of the characters, even the ones that play the antagonist role, which really makes the reader see this world in shades of gray instead of black and white Faye s group of friends are interesting and they each have a distinct voice whether it is vegetarian Maya or Comic Con enthusiast Zach The romance wasn t overbearing, it did not steal from the overall plot Kel was an engaging and mysterious character who excites Faye and scares her at the same time because he is hiding something as well Their romance is very secondary to the mystery of Holbrook but still ever present During my read, I did find myself confused at times, not because of the plot but rather the writing style I felt that some of the connecting dots were missing There was instances where I had to flip back a page or two to make sure I didn t miss anything, and then infer what happened between actions Also the entire novel takes place in one week which is a LOT of action to occur in such a short period of time When I was reading I assumed that the novel took place over at least a month I feel like that was entirely way too much action to jam into one short week Overall Harbinger was refreshingly unique with a plot that will captivate you I strongly urge you all to look for this novel when it hits shelves in February Many thanks to Sara for sending me a copy, it was a great read I recommend this novel for fans of young adult mysteries, and those who enjoy stories told in a school setting.


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    aaaaaaallllllrrrriiiiiiggggggggghhhhhhhhhttttttttyyyyy tttttthhhhhhhheeeeennnnnnnso.that didn t make a lot of sense.by which I mean that it made absolutely no sense at all.It was all this book meets that movie for some time, channelling degradation and bad people who think they re good and crazy people who think they re sane maybe and it was very difficult to keep reading because that kind of stuff is never going to be a bucket of fun, but I was interested Yeah, I guess I wanted to find out what was going on, because I really did not have a fucking CLUE what was up and what was down and why the nightmares and mental episodes and drums and everything anything whatever.Oh, did I mention that this is a dystopian novel Because I sure as hell didn t know that And when I say dystopian what I actually mean is PREACH FEST So, you know, if you re COMPLETELY NUTS, BY WHICH I MEAN OBSESSED TO THE POINT OF IN FREAKING SANE about saving the environment, you might appreciate this a little than I did The author has a lot to say about humans raping the world, which don t get me wrong is serious business, but I don t react well to being bashed over the head with it Repeatedly Sorry.Anyway, I didn t actually get many answers, so Or rather, I think this book went completely over my head whoosh It was too much And if you ve read it, you ll know what I mean It s flap describes it as a rich and tautly told psychological thriller and I very much agree with this in relation to the first half of the book, but the second half is just a waste of time, as in I still don t know what the fuck s going on, but it turns out that I don t really give a fuck, so please just fucking end, already. Fun times.Um, on the plus side, Sara Wilson Etienne is an excellent writer When you actually focus on what you re reading and stop trying to skim forward to something THAT ACTUALLY MAKES SOME FUCKING SENSE, you realize that she has a very beautiful way of saying what she has to say Otherwise, the story just rubbed me up the wrong way Waste of my money, I say.P.S Character development It is severely lacking.


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    I loved this book so much I don t know where to start Yes, I have said I loved a book before but you don t understand I want to write the Harbinger sonnets, sing it love songs, and woo it until, Harbinger loves me back Take another look at that cover, amazing right You know how I am about covers Harbinger totally lives up to its cover.Once I started reading Harbinger I became so enveloped in the world that Ms Wilson Etienne created Like to the point of being late for picking my kid up from school Holbrook Academy is a scary place I don t think I would have made it there I could feel a treacherous doom building in the atmosphere from the start, keeping my intrigue peeked until the last page was tuned.Faye is dropped off at Holbrook by her father to be rehabilitated, so that she can act like everyone else in society At least that is the reason everyone has given her I think anyone who has ever felt alone will enjoy Faye s character Faye is smart and kind, but she has this great fear that if she were to open up and show who she really is to anyone she will be left alone Faye stole my heart while I was reading Harbinger, all the pain she had to feel was completely palpable to me.The person that Faye wants to trust the most and is also the most confused by is Kel Faye isn t the only one he had confused Kel had me guessing too, whether he was good or evil, until toward the end of the book Kel drove me crazy in the best kind of way because I wanted to love his character but I couldn t decide if it was safe to I so enjoyed all the things that Faye would discover about herself through her interactions with Kel.I think what I liked best about Harbinger is that there were no skimable parts, every word had meaning I was so wrapped up in the suspense, I hung on to every word fearful I would miss something I did not see the ending coming it was very much a surprise That almost never happens to me Happy Reading,Rebeccawww.bendingthespine.blogspot.com


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