Summary from Goodreads:
2015 Dante Rossetti Awards Finalist
2015 International Book Awards Finalist
2015 USA Best Book Award Finalist
Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight
My Review: This book was highly intriguing, I also am finding this review very hard to write without giving anything away. Let’s be honest the description of the book is vague, so when I decided to read this I decided to read the book because of that breathtaking cover. Cause yeah ya’ll that cover is AMAZING.
So I think the best way to describe this book is that it is a slow burn, an intriguing slow burn. Within the first few pages you are in the world and then about a third into the book you are hooked. There are some plot holes that I am hoping will fill in within the next book.
I loved the relationship between the main characters. Oh Aidan, how do I love thee. I loved Aidan. I loved the world of the immortals. This world is a world that I wish I could be part of.
This book is a page turner that will draw you in, and once you are in you will be invested.
This book was an unexpected pleasure that I can assure you I will continue to read.
Melissa decided a long time ago that the “life checklist” everyone else was clutching so tightly in their fists, just wasn’t for her. She does everything backwards because she is weird like that, but then, she is an artist and artists are notoriously “unique” and “quirky.”
She is an avid student of art and design, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of West Georgia in 2009. She worked as an interior designer for several years, but she’s always thought she might like to be a writer when she grows up.
In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys shopping for derelict furniture she refinishes to exercise the interior design part of her brain.