Title: The Fetch
Author: Laura Whitcomb
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
Pub Date: February 2009, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover, 380 pages
Calder is a Fetch, a death escort, the first of his kind to step from Heaven back to Earth.The first to fall in love with a mortal girl. But when he climbs backwards out of that Death Scene, into the chaos of the Russian Revolution, he tears a wound in the ghost realm, where the spirits begin a revolution of their own.
I thought the premise behind this book was original and very intriguing, but the additional description of "a supernatural romance" was a little far-fetched, until you reach the last third of the book, perhaps. Even then, I think it's a stretch to call this story a romance. Once I realized I was reading about the Romanov family and another take on the story of Anastasia I was further interested in how Whitcomb was going to spin this tale.
Unfortunately, while the premise is excellent and the characters were relatively well-painted, the story was a bit disjointed at times and often difficult to follow. This mainly occurs when Calder is experiencing occasional flashes of memories of his Earth life. One minute I was reading about his journey with Alexis and Ana, and the next I was confused as to what was going on. While Whitcomb's writing is pleasant, it just didn't hold me to the story the way I hoped it would. While Calder and his two charges had an adventure that took them literally around the world, once they reached their ultimate goal and final destination, the end of the story fell a bit flat to me. It was almost as if everything was wrapped up too quickly and too neatly. Overall, it was a good read, just not the exciting book I was hoping for.
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