Thursday, September 17, 2015

Crystal Caves - Kristine Grayson

Crystal Caves
Kristine Grayson
WMG, Sep 15 2015, $15.99
ISBN: 9781561466351

Like her two BFFs (her half-sisters Tiffany (see Tiffany Tumbles) and Brittany) Crystal Chandler knows how fickle her father is when he replaced the Fates (for daring to disobey his latest amoral demand) with her and her siblings before firing them.  No longer residents of Olympus; each sibling resides with their moms in America without their magic and very limited contact with one another. 

Feeling lonely especially since her BFFs have loving moms who want them; her Mother calls her “The Unexpected Consequence of a Momentary Lapse of Judgment”.  Her stepfather ignores her; an “older” half-brother dubs her “The Unwelcome Visitor”; and three younger half-brothers fail to acknowledge her existence.  Her only nearby friends (extremely loose definition) are at the exclusive school she attends.  When she believes her shrink Megan failed her and that she does not belong with her maternal family, Crystal, who never decided anything, wants out of the agreement.  However she cannot go home to Mount Olympus without the three Fates’ intervention but her only hope to make contact is her fickle Father; which means owing him for eternity.

The second Interim Fates is an outstanding serious teen contemporary.  The protagonist is the poster child for the original Maslow’s Hierarchy as her biological, physiological and safety needs are met; but she lacks love and belongingness, esteem and self-actualization.  Thus the storyline focuses once again on an outsider who fails to fit in after her fall from the top of the Pantheon to the bottom of an American high school, but Crystal has no loving support system unlike Tiffany.  Crystal Caves is summed up in the immortal words of Yogi Bear: “…smarter than the average bear” but still don’t belong here (or anywhere).

Harriet Klausner

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