Genre: Contemporary / Thriller
Synopsis: How far would you go to fit in? Sorana Salem is ok with being not quite bottom of the pile at her exclusive private school. Until the mysterious Johansson twins arrive unexpectedly mid-term. Hypnotically beautiful and immensely cool, magnetic Elyse and mute Melanie aren’t like the school’s usual identikit mean girls. Soon Sorana’s sharing sleepovers and Saturday nights out with the twins. But their new world of Ouija boards and older boys might not be as simple as it seems. And the dark secrets that they share could be about to take Sorana down a path that’s impossible to turn back from…
200words (or less) review: Gemini Rising didn’t turn out to be the book I was expecting. The story is narrated by Sorana, instead of attending college she is stuck at a small all girls private school. She’s not an outcast as such but certainly not popular enough for the in crowd.
I really liked the concept of Gemini Rising but Sorana is not very likeable. She’s judgemental and complains a lot. Liking the main characters isn’t a requirement for liking the book but if you’re not routing for someone it’s the story that has to hold your interest and the first few chapters weren’t great at convincing me of this.
It’s not really until the second half that Gemini Rising starts delivering. By that stage you want to figure out the mystery of the twins and you can see the impact they have not just on Sorana but also her friends.
For me Gemini Rising could have been darker, the pacing tighter but while it took a lot longer to get into the story I did enjoy the second half. The ending was unexpected which is always a good thing in this type of story.