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Cady is a refreshingly down-to-earth teen. Neither overly melodramatic, nor overly heroic, she feels like a realistic teen voice and someone I would have enjoyed hanging out with as a teenager. This book focuses on the relationships in Cady's life and how they are affected by the death of a family member, while she comes to terms with her new power and how to manage it. The pacing and characterization are good, the narrative draws you in. The plot felt a bit thin at a crucial point in the story where Cady discovers something new about her power, but the characterization carried me through.
I'm looking forward to the next book in this trilogy!
I was hooked from the beginning. I felt as if I were there witnessing the horrific accident that launches the story. Ms. Ryan has a gift for setting a scene through the characters' eyes, without resorting to a laundry list of descriptions (a pet peeve of mine).
Arcadia or "Cady" as she prefers to be called, felt very real to me. She was easy to like and empathize with.
The paranormal aspect of the story felt very organic and natural. The romance between Cady and Bryan developed quickly but realistically (it is a YA romance, afterall).
Bryan is such a sweetheart! My inner-teen is more than a little in love with the boy. He's hot but doesn't know it, sensitive but masculine, brave but not reckless, self-sacrificing but not self-righteous and absolutely perfect for Cady.
The only thing that bothered me was the introduction of a love triangle after I'd already fallen for Bryan. I'm hoping it's a result of a supernatural attraction and that Cady realizes she belongs with Bryan in the next book.
I was ready to dismiss Cane (Bryan's competition) as just another one-dimensional, self-absorbed super-jock, but the scene in the parking lot when he explains what happened the night of the accident and his resulting guilt turned him into a "real" person. I definitely empathize with him and hope he finds redemption -- as long as it's not in Cady's arms ;-)
The minor characters were developed perfectly. They felt real, without detracting from the main storyline.Read more ›
Things I loved about this story- well written, believable teenage characters. From their music choices to the foods they were eating, dialogue and interactions, all of it was spot on.
I agree with the other reviewer who said that the love triangle was done in such a way that it was not only plausible, but DANG, I can't wait to find out what happens in the sequel. And I have to say that while the book was not a cliffhanger, I think a lot of readers are going to be chomping at the bit when it comes to waiting for the next book.
This is an excellent read regardless of whether you are a teenager, young adult, or all grown up. The issues that the characters face can be applicable to any age. Grief, anger, guilt, love, angst, and making hard decisions. Well done to the author, I truly look forward to the next book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a beautiful read. It gave me the YA goodness I love, some gritty grief-filled pages, a healthy dash of teenage romance, and an interesting paranormal twist. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Carrie Williams
In truth I tried this novel because the author went so far as to buy one rough copy of my first published novel and has been a Facebook friend for a few years. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Miriam Pia
This was such a good story, makes me want more. I would have loved to have a twin! Cady and Lony sound like awesome sisters.Published 13 months ago by Paula
I love this story. It just gets better, and more difficult to put down, with each chapter. Arcadia is such an interesting character who goes through so much. Read morePublished 15 months ago by lisa
I love how Cady was strong after her twin's death. The dedication thar her friends had shows that they cared about how Cady felt about Lony's passing and it also shoes that they... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brittany
This is somewhat ordinary as young/adult reads go. I certainly didn' t think it as good as Divergent or some other paranormal books that I have read. Read morePublished 18 months ago by June Guymon
This book was a very good read I actually felt like I was emotionally involved with some of the characters. I loved it and can't wait to read the next!!!Published 18 months ago by Casondra Marie King
This was a relatively short read with a lot more depth than I thought it would have. It really shows the grief of a family over Lony (Cady’s twin), and the different ways they deal... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ana @ Read Me Away