Sixteen-year-old Maddy Bride starts at a new school in the countryside. She knows she’ll have to deal with sports obsessed rich kids, cliques, and pressure. She doesn’t expect myths from the shadowy past to be taking place around her. Not only are the legends unfinished. They’re starting all over again.
Her new classmate, Eddy Moon, is awkward, and shy, and has lived a life of hardship and loneliness. As his strength and sense of purpose become more and more striking, Maddy comes to believe that he may have a place in the stories. At the same time she realises that the place she wants is by his side.
Closeness to Eddy brings Maddy another shocking realisation. Not only is he a mythic hero returned to life in the countryside, but maybe she too has a place in the legends. Torn between normality and her attraction to the magnificent Eddy Moon, Maddy has to decide who she is, who she is going to be, and whether stories must end the same way twice.
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Read from August 24 to 25, 2012
“Arthur said he’d come back when we needed him. How bad does it have to get?”
Every devotee of Arthurian lore knows about the legend of the Seven Sleepers. Countless writers have ventured to tell their own versions of how Arthur came to rest in a hidden mound where he lies yet. What I have never encountered before, is a story that tells about what happens when The Once And Future King really does wake up. And how amazing it is!
This book was disruptive to my sleep patterns on account of the fact I couldn’t pry myself away from it. I stared at my iPhone for hours as if my life depended on it, my eyes racing over the words, aching to know how the story would end.
It follows Maddie, a young girl trying to adjust to having her life completely uprooted and moved from vibrant London to a tiny village in the country. At a posh private school, she meets Eddy Doforni Moon in her history class. Eddy is awkward, mocked, gorgeous, stunning, of unknown origins.
It turns out, Eddy has lived once before and there’s more to Maddie’s amazing talents as a swimmer than just athletic ability. As an illicit attraction between them grows, they learn that another power from Arthur’s day, a power wishing him ill, has also survived. And they must defeat it before it defeats them.
Maddie was one of those characters I could get mad at and cheer on at once. While she’s got a bit of a temper and can be a bit over-worried about her social status in the beginning, she does admit when she’s wrong and fights when she has to. I adored her from early on and my heart leapt and plunged as hers did. She was a perfectly crafted heroione!
Eddy. Oh, it’s impossible not to love Eddy! Brave, unassuming, and loyal, he’s the guy every girl’d love to meet. But he wasn’t cookie-cutter perfect, either. No, he has flaws and that makes him all the more adorable because it proves he’s still human. I relished watching how the tale of Arthur’s rise was repeating itself in a 21st-century style, complete with the popular foster-brother and everything.
The next book in this series, Rock Anthem, is way up there on my to-read list. I am very eager to know how Arthur’s second lifetime will work out and I am especially concerned about Guinevere turning up. (No offense, Guin. But you had your shot and you blew it.)
Conclusion? I BLOODY LOVE THIS BOOK!!! If you haven’t read it, you must do so now. =D