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Written by S.L.PERRINE
This story is fresh in idea, different than most other fiction I’ve read in genres that are similar. This story is a genre breaker. Or this story redefines genres. Young Adult, Romance, Dystopian, Medieval, Magical beasts both human and animal. Demons or Spirits I’m just not sure as I read this story and that’s just one of many reasons why I kept reading. I Also read this story because of the vibrant description that lit up the ambiance of a world that was once mundane for the main character and soon through a series of events was changed into something world consuming for her. This story is about a life lived set in repetition of a war between what lived in one world who’s essence leaked into the human world. The main character is part of a family whose very existence is to protect humanity from this world of horror and wonder. Everything changes for the main character and all the beliefs she had are shaken. Her Town and her friends are affected. A demon she tries to excise from her world may not be a demon at all. This other world is a place of horror, instead this other world is a place of magic, mystery, kings, queens and all the court intrigue the reader can imagine. The misplacement or possible loss of a loved family member only increases the angst, fear and life changing effects the main character and her love interest deal with. The other World is closed off and there are loved ones on both sides separated. Above all is the main character’s self-worth, beliefs in herself and the role she has to play on a much grander scale than she ever imagined. Renee soon learns that not even her own growing love is safe, not even her own beliefs are safe and her entire life will soon change. The cast of characters are filled with a vibrant and imaginative description. The dialogue is playful, engrossing, and full of maturity. The story flows naturally and kept my attention riveted and not once did I have the need to backtrack for anything I may have missed. I really think this story has out shined all the previous work I’ve read from this author.
Renee ends up befriending one of the ‘demons’ she tried to send to the ‘void’. From there this books takes on a very ‘Twilight’ feel to it. This is a teenage romance novel with demons and demon-hunters. The characters are likeable and fairly well written, but there are a few gaps in the storyline. I felt it jumped around a bit and the lead character, Rene, blacked out quite a bit. I would have like to see her be a stronger lead female…though, I could see this happening in the next book. Additionally, there were some characters involved throughout the entire book I didn’t really understand why they were needed until the last page of the book…which also holds a pretty major cliffhanger.
Teenage romance is WAY outside my normal scope of reading material, but I felt that the use of the demons, or Mietitore as they are called in the book, and demon-hunters instead of the usual ‘vampire/werewolf’ trope that is so prevalent nowadays, was quite nice. I liked the idea and felt the author did a pretty good job with it.
All in all, I can see how this book would be very attractive to a YA audience. To that end, I recommend it to the youth…maybe 14+ years of age.
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