After reading Another Little Piece, with all its twisty goodness, I vowed to read anything else that Kate Karyus Quinn put her name on. When (Don't You) Forget About Me came out, I was lucky enough to be granted an ARC. Sadly, I never got to this book back then. I've remedied that, and I'm happy to say that I was fairly impressed. This wasn't quite as twisty as I'd hoped, but it was definitely interesting.
Imagine a place where no ever gets sick. No one dies. People age at a snail's pace. Sound too good to be true? We all know that nothing comes for free. All magic comes with a price. In the town of Gardnerville, that price is a steep one. Quinn slowly creates a place filled with a dark kind of magic. The kind of place where secrets hide around every corner, and bad things happen to good people. I'll admit, I was intrigued to see where things went. If nothing else, this book is hard to put down. It's a little slow at points, but you'll want to know what happens next.
I think the one thing that makes this book a bit difficult to fall completely in love with, is the fact that it's just plain confusing at times. While the basic premise of the town of Gardnerville makes sense, there's a lot wrapped up in this one place. Skylar's mind was an odd place to be. She was as unreliable a narrator as they come, and trying to figure out the jumble of thoughts coming out of her mind was difficult. See, Skylar's sister Piper is the main fixation of this story. The one person who she knows, more than anything, that she needs to find. It's just a very convoluted process.
I know, this is a very vague review. If I say anything else, I'll spoil something. I will say that if you're looking for something a bit dark and twisty, something mysterious, this is a read that you might enjoy. Kate Karyus Quinn has a knack for writing the unexpected.