Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
My Rating: 4 stars
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Tompkin’s School: For The Extraordinarily Talented by Tabi Slick is a thrilling YA paranormal book. It follows the story of Izara Torvik when she moves to a boarding school in Oklahoma with her twin brother Kain. They soon discover that there is something sinister about the school and find something weird happening to them in the midst of it.
The book starts a bit slow but soon becomes very intriguing and mysterious. The writing is simple and good. I liked that the book was organized and well paced.
The history of the school forms the base of the plot. It is a very original concept and I loved it! The time-travelling bit was a bonus. It fits perfectly in the book and doesn’t distract us from the plot. I also liked how the supernatural element slowly starts to come in and the creatures are different than the typical paranormal. However, I found it weird that the characters got comfortable with the idea of killing so soon and were not freaking out.
The mystery is one of the key elements of the book. It made the book exhilarating and enjoyable to read. The things that kept happening to Izzy and Kain made me want to keep reading and know more. The pace of the mystery is good. The plot is unpredictable and the suspense keeps us eager to know more.
The book did seem a little cliche at some points. The romance felt irrelevant and present just for the sake of it. The book seems light-hearted enough in the beginning but starts getting dark and violent halfway through. It was sudden and felt a little out of place.
The characters were simple and cool. I liked the main character Izzy. She is confident and quirky, a contrast to her brother Kain. There is also a little bit of diversity in the book.
This book is overall a very enjoyable and exciting read. It had a lot of different elements combined and was different than any YA book I’ve read before.The suspense and mystery kept me reading. The book gets quite intense towards the end and ends on a cliffhanger that leaves the readers wanting more.
I would say that this is an excellent debut by the author. It is a good start to a promising series and I highly recommend it!