First sentence: "Blurry, fractured memories swam through Sophie's mind, but she couldn't piece them together."
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If you haven't figured it out by now, my main problem with this one -- that I started with high hopes: a separate world with elves! Cool! (And, no, that's not a train on the cover. I thought it was) -- was, that by about halfway through, I realized it was Too Much Harry Potter Knockoff, and not enough cool elves doing cool, unique, elvy things. I thought that Messenger had a cool idea for the world, but in the end, just wasn't able to pull it off as well as I'd hoped.
That, and I realized that halfway through, at 488 pages, this was Much Too Long. All of which makes me kind of sad.
(Just for the record: because this is a Cybils nominee, I've been asked to make sure y'all know this is my opinion only, and not that of the panel.)