The Fountain by Suzy Vadori
Publisher: Evil Alter Ego Press
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (206 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Careful what you wish for. It just might come true.
Ava Marshall, driven by a desire to learn more about her mother’s past, moved across the country to attend St. Augustus. But her mom’s secrets will have to wait, because she finds herself instantly hated for her family’s connection to her new school and is forced to fight alone against a classmate who is setting Ava up to be expelled.
Fleeing campus, she takes a shortcut to her Gran’s house through the forbidden West Woods and discovers a mysterious fountain that has the power to grant a wish and change it all. But can she live with the consequences? Or will she end up breaking every school rule and risking the love of her life to make it right…
Be careful what you wish for. It may come true after all.
The old-fashioned culture of St. Augustus was fascinating. I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the buildings where the students studied, slept, exercised, and ate. Reading them made me feel like I was walking alongside her as she explored the property. There were so many questions I had about how this school operated that were only gradually answered. It was rewarding to wonder about them while I waited for Ava to find more clues.
The romance was distracting. There were so many other things going with the characters involved in it that there wasn’t much time to dedicate to exploring this part of their lives. The scenes that included romance felt forced to me because I couldn’t see why they’d become attracted to each other or why they wanted to act on those feelings. While I liked the characters themselves, I didn’t understand why they were being paired up. Their storylines would have been stronger without this subplot.
One of the things I appreciated the most about Ava’s friendship with her roommate, Jules, was how much it surprised me. Their personalities and interests were so different that I wasn’t sure what they’d think of each other at first. It was nice to see them figure out what they had in common so early on. Sometimes a great friendship can form when you least expect it to, so I was glad to see them give it a try.
Ava’s reactions to the things that happened to her weren’t always easy to understand. She brushed off certain things that I would have expected her to strongly dislike based on what I knew about her personality. There were other times when she had a much stronger reaction to stuff that I would have thought she wouldn’t mind as much as she did. It would have been helpful to have a fuller understanding of her personality so that I could tell if these were truly out of character for her or if I’d somehow missed something earlier on in her tale.
With that being said, I loved the fact that Ava was so enthusiastic about swimming on the school team. This sport showed off sides of her personality that I never would have otherwise noticed. Her fierce competitive streak also made it easier for me to relate to her because it gave me a chance to see her at her best as well as at her worst.
I’d recommend The Fountain to dreamers who believe in wishing wells. Because… you never know when your wish might come true.