Boring. That's the word that comes to mind when I think about this story.
That and clumsy.
Magical realism is all very good _ some of my all time favourite stories belong to this genre _ but there has to be something: a line following some dots, if you will. -_-
Some reason as to why things are the way they are. I don't care if it's fantasy oriented but I need something.
And "that" I'm afraid, is something that is sorely missing from this story: things happen because they happen. Because they have to happen in order for the story to be told.
The storytelling feels rigid: most of the times the reader gets thrown into random scenes with no background. It gets frustrating.
Honestly I don't know how I managed to read this all the way through, especially considering that Gabriel, _our main character _ is an idiot.
He starts an idiot and then becomes an even greater idiot. And that is not an easy feat.
He is an ass to his parents, especially to his mother, who I guess has some sort of epilepsy episodes. He uses the R word plenty of times when referring to the poor woman.
Then there's this magical being that decides that the guy is the S***t. Why?
For me he was just a spoiled brat with a special snowflake syndrome.
As for the swallow girl, she was definitely better than Gabriel _ how could she not? _ although much of her strength _ and I do not mean physical one _ ends up vanishing like pollen sucked up by an idiotic bee. A douche canoe bee.
Ugh, Gabriel, I really hated your guts. You whinny self absorbing prick.