Brianna Paxton feels invisible. Guys look right through her, especially when compared to her beautiful best friend, Haley. Settled firmly into her sidekick niche, she consoles herself with horseback riding, math, and science. But when Brie’s heirloom bracelet breaks and falls off, her true beauty is unveiled and her crush, Blake, finally sees her. They discover that their ancestors were ancient enemies; Brie is a descendant of the Irish goddess Danu, who holds the power of fire in the palm of her hand, while Blake is a son of Killian, destined to kill any daughter of Danu. The two are magically soul-bound and battle to rise above their destinies and become more than star-crossed lovers. Vance’s debut contrasts a contemporary California setting with Celtic mythology, adding dimension to Brie’s struggle to come to terms with her growing supernatural powers. A large cast of gorgeous, yet underdeveloped, male characters pave the way for further books in a projected series where demigods vacillate between extreme desires to love and kill. Grades 7-12. --Charli Osborne
About the Author
Talia Vance (Northern California) has worked as a horse trainer, a freelance writer, and an attorney. Her YA novel Spies and Prejudice is being published by Egmont in 2013.