Review: Bridger

Bridger (Bridger, #1)

Image courtesy of Megan Curd

Author: Megan Curd

Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy

From the Author’s GoodReads Page: Megan Curd is a graduate of Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. While having always enjoyed reading any books she could get her hands on, Megan didn’t begin writing until a friend encouraged her to do so while in college. When not writing, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Traveling and snowboarding are hobbies she loves, and doesn’t turn down the opportunity to play xBox with her brother and friends when it presents itself.  Megan currently resides in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with her husband, son, and two dogs.

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Ashlyn McVean thinks she’s just a typical teenager, until the day her father dies right in front of her and she almost crushes the paramedic in her panic and grief. Trying to manage her feelings of confusion and loss, she travels to her family’s native Irelandwhere she begins to unravel the mystery of what happened to her father and why her family is still in danger. Faced with new and burgeoning abilities beyond her comprehension, Ashlyn is forced to question everything she has come to believe about her life, and to accept things she thought impossible.  Growing to trust the handsome and earnest Liam as she follows in her grandmother’s footsteps, Ashlyn fights to learn more while keeping her family safe, knowing that there’s a very real chance she won’t be able to save everyone.

Megan Curd’s Bridger is an exciting tale which manages to balance action, adventure, romance, family strife and complex friendships in a remarkably smooth narrative.  There are many different characters, and each is so well defined the reader has no trouble following the path of the tale as it moves not only to more than one continent, but more than one world.  Curd’s genuine treatment of Ashlyn’s character was refreshing – balancing her strength and determination with indecision and the consequences of making bad choices.  I am always happy to read stories with strong female protagonists, but it’s even more satisfying when the character questions her actions and struggles with decisions, demonstrating her vulnerability and authenticity.

One of the staples of good novel writings is the premise to “show not tell” the reader by using engaging and colorful language to show the reader the scene rather than just imparting the information.  There are a few places in the novel when there is a great deal of information dropped on the reader all at once, presumably to help provide background so the story would make more sense to the reader.  I feel these sections would have more impact with more development and discussion in the narrative so they felt more a part of the story than something separate and informational.

With a light and engaging writing style and fast-paced narrative, lovers of young adult paranormal fiction will find this a perfect addition to their library.


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