Title: Sage’s Eyes
Author: VC Andrews
Originally Published:January 26, 2016
Synopsis: From V.C. Andrews, bestselling author of Flowers in the Attic (the first in a series of Lifetime movie events about the Dollanganger family), comes the tale of a young girl kept under the watchful eye of her adoptive parents, as if they fear who—or what—she’ll become…
Sixteen-year-old Sage is a lonely child. Her adoptive parents watch her obsessively, as if studying her for warning signs of…something. And maybe they’re right to—even she can’t make sense of the strange things she sees and hears. She possesses knowledge that other teenagers don’t, that her parents and teachers—no adult—could possibly have. So when Sage finally makes a friend who understands her alarming gift, he becomes her confidant, a precarious link to the truth about who she really is. For Sage and the alluring new boy at school share many things in common. Perhaps, they’ll learn, far too many things.
Sage’s Eyes kept me interested for about 65% of the story. The beginning and the end were just seriously lacking. The first few chapters just had too much exposition – which has been a problem with VC Andrews books lately. And the pacing for the resolution was just all wrong. The author tried tying everything up too quickly which ended up making little sense. The “plot twist” was completely contradictory to how several characters would have actually acted.
There were few characters I really liked. The main character, Sage, was nice but a little naive. I did like that she was willing to help the other female characters. The main love interest was just arrogant and pushy. I couldn’t fathom why Sage would be interested in him. Sage’s parents though… their characterizations were messy. It seemed like everything they said was the opposite of the last thing they said.
The book would have been better without trying to make it paranormal. It wasn’t as bad as the horrible Daughter of Darkness (by Andrews) but Andrews Neiderman (the VCA ghostwriter) just needs to realize that adding in some magic to these books is not working.
Bonus points for the references to Ruby though. That was the first book I’d ever enjoyed reading and also the one that made me sell my soul to this franchise.