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Panthan's Crucible - Meredith Wood This review was completed by YA Fantasy Guide Staff Reviewer, Camille Morales.This book, for me, was not the best. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t capture me like I think it should have. It took me around three or four nights to finish it, and that is a lot for me. The plot is very intriguing, but there were some spelling mistakes. They were minor, though, like a missing coma or something like that, but that somehow made the book not as interesting. I liked the main character, Laura Morgan. She has such a cool personality; it’s kind of hard not to like her. I didn’t really get the evil guy. I mean, was he evil, or not? In some scenes, he was supposed to be evil, but, in others, he seemed like a good guy. I was left confused. I also liked Grayson, the guy Laura forms a bond with. Still, I don’t know if they’re supposed to be romantically interested in each other, or if they’re ‘just friends’. Sometimes it seems like they could be something, and sometimes it seems they could kill each other. Sometimes I thought they were in the verge of becoming a couple, or even kissing, but nothing happened. It kind of disappointed me, because it makes the book not as good. I like books that have a romantic interest, and this book is confusing. Grayson had the hugest mood swings ever. You liked him one second, and the other you wanted to slap him. These mood swings were sometimes kind of good, but they got kind of annoying at times. Oh, and Laura’s boyfriend, Tristan, was also kind of annoying, because he also got mood swings. Okay, to be honest, everyone in this book had mood swings. Except her grandparents, and her father, but they were barely in the book. I think this book could’ve been better, but it wasn’t terrible. Just when it was getting good, it ended. How could this book be better? Well, it could’ve been made longer. Seriously, I would’ve loved it to be longer. This is the kind of book that sort of confuses me in many ways. Laura was raised to hate the Panthan’s, but when one of them that claimed to be good approached her, she practically kneeled in front of him at the second. Seriously, what the heck? I would’ve gotten away as fast as I could if it had been me. These are the kind of things I don’t get, and I think that all of this could’ve been fixed had the book been larger. That way, the characters would’ve had more time to develop, and more time to realize things, like, for example, it would’ve given Laura a better chance to realize not all Panthan’s were evil. I liked Laura’s and Grayson’s relationship, though I would’ve liked it to be more defined. Are they friends, or are they supposed to be an item? As for Micah, I thought he was creepy. I mean, he wanted Laura? He was way too old! I mean, what the heck? Okay, the one character I truly loved and did not have any mood swings was Erin, Grayson’s sister. Seriously, I would’ve loved to see more of her. She was funny, she liked Buffy (it’s a shame she preferred Angel over Spike…) and she could be the best friend you’ve always dreamed of. Oh, yeah, there was a Buffy reference. And Laura likes Spike. Go Spike! Anyway, I don’t know if I should recommend this book or not, because I still don’t know what to make of it. I need to find out if there’s a sequel, though, because I’m too curious for my own good, and I need to know what happens next.