This took me longer than I wanted just due to my life at the moment. But I was really taken back by how phenomenal and beautiful the world-building waThis took me longer than I wanted just due to my life at the moment. But I was really taken back by how phenomenal and beautiful the world-building was. She was able to stir two worlds together even more perfect than my father is able to blend his spices in his paella. Fantasy has always been a favorite of mine and this is chuck full of all your classic races and characters. She takes the conventions of normal fantasy and ups the game with a solid Young Adult story.
Young Adult stories have a harder time with romance. Where to draw the line (coughing-TWLIGHT...Bella and birth and ewwwww-coughing). But with such amazingly diverse characters and a great male lead (drool worthy Rafe), Aurora, our protagonist, is able to show any young adult reader that love can happen, even at a tender age. Rafe is a magician and is able to keep us on our toes with the exploration within the pages. Aurora is not quite sure what is going to hit her and neither will you be when you read it (and believe me, read it).
Another plus, other than the world-building, is her smooth and ever expanding development of the characters seen from Aurora's perspective and the authors. I related a lot to the character, even if she is not my age. Her feeling of bleakness and being so alone (at least she feels she is) is so heart wrenching (grab your tissues). I was just taken back. I cried more than a few times. I finished it right after a huge loss, and it reminded me that I have family all over, blood and bonded ones. It will show any young reader the same.
If I had to share one of my favorite passages (believe me I highlighted a LOT in the book) it would have to be the one that made me feel a bit more hopeful: “Everything happens for a reason, and nothing is an accident. It is all part of a much larger divine plan,” Duke Silverthorne said gravely, but in a surprisingly kind voice. “When difficulties come, we must see them as what they are—opportunities and a new path to discover your potential. How will you ever know the magnitude of courage you are capable of if you have never experienced the hopelessness of fear?” Don't pass up a chance for a great read. I would even suggest that a parent and teenage girl read it together and explore the amazing people and places along with Aurora.
This was a great read. Fast pace and more than enough to keep you turning the pages. The extra zing is the talent behind the be ok, SummAlmost perfect
This was a great read. Fast pace and more than enough to keep you turning the pages. The extra zing is the talent behind the be ok, Summer Lane. Her ability to show and not tell in this almost mystical fashion is what elevates the story.
The idea is solid and the majority of everything flows at the perfect new adult speed. But than again this genre birthed from young adult after the Twighlters got older. (The kids of those soccer moms). Post Apocalyptic romance tends to be fast too. Now that we have what these two are facing, fuels the need to cling to what ever you can to tip the scales of continuing to fight to live.
I'm left at the end with the immediate need to find out what's next. Since I immediately grabbed book two,what's next is another excuse for playing hooky on the couch with my toes under the cat....more