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425 pages, Kindle Edition
First published July 1, 2015
Keep it hidden, keep it safe. If anyone truly knew everything, it would freak them out in a large way. It freaks the shit out of me too, so I get it. I have no clue how I know this stuff, I just do. Like how I know the orders of angels and demons, or can tell on sight if an apparition is a ghost or a time slip, or if someone’s a virgin, or if they’ve ever killed anyone.This was a blast, and probably one of the best YA urban fantasy I've read. The main character is a guy who doesn't feel like a girl, there's not too much romance, and the world building and side characters are awesome. There's also a wonderful amount of diversity here. Not everyone is white, and considering this book takes place in Los Angeles, that's a damned good thing.
Why can’t I just know how to play Xbox or baseball?
Jax brightens at the sight of me. “Ah, the Chosen One has returned!” he says in a very dramatic voice. “The One who shall be the most powerful!”He's had a hard-knock life, but he's not overly angsty, he's a nice guy who's trying to make the best of a really shitty life. And he's got common sense. That makes for a nearly perfect character in my eyes, and he's not easily seduced.
I give him a look that I hope says: Shut the fuck up, ass face.
“No. Please.” She looks up at me. “I can’t be alone.”Aidan is an orphan...maybe. His dad is god-knows-where, his mom is dead. His beloved little sister Ava has been bounced from foster home to foster home, and Aidan himself is homeless...trying to stay out of said foster homes, because they're not so nice places for a kid. He'll take his chances alone on the streets.
Seriously? This girl needs a lecture about being too familiar with strangers. Maybe I should sing her that “Stranger Danger” song you’re supposed to learn in kindergarten.
Foster care means crowded, filthy houses with drugs and gangs and heavy air, being at the mercy of pissed off men with big fists or women with weird fetishes, and trying to keep my abilities hidden from the demons lurking in every corner. When I’m under the thumb of strangers, I have no way to keep the other stuff out of my space without looking like an OCD freak. I’m not going back to that.And the reason little Ava has been bounced from foster home to foster home is because her foster parents have a tendency to end up dead.
After they adopted her, I got to visit a few times.Ava is marked by demons. Not exactly normal. And neither is Aidan. In fact, nothing is normal as we know it, because there's a world of demons out there we humans know nothing about.
Then they were dead. And there was only a nine-year-old, blood-splattered Ava left behind, her eyes so big and blue that night, looking like they held all the pain of the world in them. Her tiny hands and arms were coated in crimson to the elbow from the spell she’d done to protect herself.
Keep it hidden, keep it safe. That’s what my mother always said. And she was right. People can’t handle the truth about what’s around them. So I don’t mention my “abilities” to anyone. Ever. I let them stay blissfully unaware of the hidden orders that make up the spiritual world that intersects with this one.So poor Aidan has to protect his sister, try to get rid of the odd pesky demons that pop up (that's his part-time job, actually), and it's life as usual, until it becomes too much to handle and Ava's life is in danger. Even a superhero needs help sometimes, and Aidan will fall in with a group of oddballs who are as strange as he is, led by a really weird guy. Think Captain Planet for demons.
He motions to the audience. “Each of the souls you see here was living in hell until I found them. I pulled them from gutters and padded cells and foster homes and helped them learn to use their gifts. To accept who they are. And now they’re lights in the dark places, keeping us connected to the spiritual world like beacons, and earning a living helping others.”But it turns out that ghostbusting isn't going to be the only thing they're in for. Shit's getting real.
He swallows hard. “A force is working to open a permanent passageway between the spirit world and this one, to cut down the Veil completely. If it succeeds, it will be the end of everything. The beasts of Sheol, demons and monsters chained there for longer than memory, they’ll come to this plane, and nothing, not even you, will be able to stop them.”This was a really long book, but it was fast-paced, and above all, it was fun. Aidan is one of the more enjoyable characters I've read. I love his concern for his sister, and his devotion to her safety. He's an upstanding guy. Not perfect, but a perfectly protective older brother.
I’m having trouble figuring out her moods lately and what all the emotions mean for her growing abilities. And I admit I can be an ass sometimes. But I love the girl to death. She’s all I have left.The dynamic between the team was fun. It didn't feel like Aidan is the center of the shows, there are multitudes of other characters around doing their thing as well. If I have one complaint, it's the romance, it is not overwhelming, but Aidan's feelings towards Kara can feel a little much at times. Kara isn't a bad character. She's scarred, she's angsty, but she's also strong and tough.
And I made a promise to my mom before she died. To protect Ava. With everything in me. There’s no way I’m going to let myself fail.
“I mean, the other boys, I have to pretty much threaten to cut their balls off if they touch me. I can see you won’t be a problem.” She laughs again.Overall, this was an awesome book.
She’s terrifying. I cannot live here with this girl. What is she? I’m suddenly sure she’s not a regular human.
“All in time, sweetie. All in time,” she says, like she can read my mind.
"I've spent my whole life trying to save people that didn't want to be saved! I've done everything to stop something inevevitable. And I failed. Every. Time." I take a shaky breath. "If it's the end of the world, there's nothing I can do anymore. I'll watch it burn."It's almost a mainstream in every YA-paranormal books that the main character has to be hero-like, special and powerful, well, this book made an effort not to make Aiden O’Linn, the male lead of this story like that, and it works - atleast for me.
"Why can't I just know how to play Xbox or baseball?Obviously he's unable to figure out where these abilities came from. The identity of his father is a mystery, since his mother seldom talks about it.
It's like I fell from the fucking sky."
"I'm fairly tan, unlike my pale mom and sister. Maybe my dad was from India. Or maybe he was from Mars."Her half sister has been bounced of from different foster home while Aidan is living by himself in the streets to work part time while finding a perfect safe place for him and his sister.
"Jax brightens at the sight of me. "Ah, the Chosen One has returned!" He says in a very dramatic voice. "The one who shall be the one most powerful!"Romance: Aidan and Kara has no appeal for me. Really, they aren't swoon worthy even after all the sexual tension-or do you call that magic tension? - anyway, they fail to recruit me on their ship or maybe it has something to do with the fact that there weren't much of a romance in this book.
I give him a look that I hope says: Shut the fuck-up ass face."
"A heartbeat passes and then another, and it's as if an understanding, like we're finally seeing the truth of how we fit together. It's so subtle. I would have missed it if I blinked."I didn't like the attempt of a love triangle of this story. Really, it was unnecessary.
"Today I'll do what I should have done that night so long ago- I'll redeem what I love. Or die trying"
Aiden has been on the run since he was 12 years old.
Since the night he witnessed a demon rip his mother's heart out of her chest and mark in baby sister.
Ava. His sister is the only thing he cares about, whatever happens to him, he will protect Ava.
However, Aiden is not exactly normal, He has the ability to see ghosts, demons and angels and have a innate knowledge about their world.
Before, Demons could not touch him, recently he has experienced that they can and they're after him.
One night Aiden rescues a girl from being gang-raped, he suddenly has an unquestionable sense that he needs to protect this girl.
It is all made worst when he sees a 7 foot demon following her every step.
Aiden needs help, when he goes searching he is sent to a group named LA Paranormal investigative agency.
There he finds a girl name Kara who wears bitterness an anger like a cloak, however, something unknown unlocks in him the more he stays with her.
A power he cannot define. A destiny out of time.
A gate is opening, and Aiden may not be ready for what will come out.
"Darkness brutal, darkness fair at last repayment for my sin.