This book is not intense like some will lead you to believe, and it is not extremely fast paced and twisty. It is a book of storytelling. It is a book that takes the the ordinary and slowly morphs into the extraordinary. It uses imagery and foreshadowing to build a tale with heroes, villains, fortune-tellers, wolves, and everything in between.
The two major critiques that I have to mention: language & voice. The language is beautiful and melodic except for the overuse of the repetition. It starts off enchanting, but it eventually becomes annoying and detracts from the story telling. The voice is sometimes clear and precise, but sometimes it just seems like it is the same ethereal voice narrating through all three characters. It created some confusion when the voice switched from clear and precise to ethereal in the middle of a characters chapter.
I will say that it is a good book. It was not one that I will reread, but I did enjoy the storytelling. I am not sure it adds a lot to a collection, but it does relieve you from the intense stories of love triangles and constant plot twists. There is sometimes beauty in simplicity, and that is how I felt about this book.
For readers, give it a chance. I think you could enjoy the minimalist attempt and psychological thriller.
For librarians, this is really up to your population. I think that if your teens like pschological thrillers, this one will be good. I think We Were Liars by E. Lockhart might be a better choice, but if they can’t get enough, buy this one too.