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The characters are what made this book more then just a retold fairy tale. Saintly was beautiful, complex and a whole lot of confused about her "gift" of sight. Jesse is lost, broken, kind and dead. Dev is immortal, deadly, charming and sort of a victim himself. Filled with darkness, suspense, honesty, love and hope, this book is one I will read again. I actually plan to get it in paperback as well as my e-version. It was that good.
This is an New Adult book and I do not recommend it for teens due to some of the darkness and some of the honest portrayals of topics; including suicide and the mental health system.
The setting is a college campus, my favorite for young/new adult stories because it makes me nostalgic for my very priveleged college years--those first years of freedom and experimentation within the relatively sheltered confines of dorm and classroom life. The protagonist, the Latina "Saintly" (nicknamed thusly because her last name is Santos), struggles with grief over the tragic loss of her brother and is convinced that her ability to see ghosts is mental illness. Saintly is approached by a sexy, flirtatious stranger who seems quite taken with her and she naively fails to realize that "too good to be true" romance is usually just that. Saintly and her bestie Delia both fall for him. The lesbian ghost whom Saintly can see, and who died in the 1980's becomes another point in the interlocking love triangles.
Despite the harrowing descent into darkness in a haunted psychiatric facility the ending is spiritually satisfying and such a beautifully described visual extravaganza that it must. become. a movie. BUT and this is a big BUT! WITHOUT CHANGING THE IDENTITY OF THE CHARACTERS. It is just so refreshing to find in a paranormal romance: a protagonist of color, who speaks Spanish no less; as well as a lesbian ghost from the 1980's, also an original plotline with tons of potential for spinning off with prequels and sequels (please please pretty please!)
LBR's writing style is clear, concise, witty, evocative of feelings and senses. I love the compassion she shows for her characters, even the bad/angry/sad ones. Her suspense scenes flow and burn like lava (but she never uses bad metaphors like that!). She has written a delightful follow up short story for Valentine's Day of 2014 which you can find for free on her web page but do buy and read the book first! If you like this genre, you will love this book.
I really connected with her character Jesse. I think the story was given an interesting twist by including a lesbian character into the storyline, but more than that, I love that Jesse's fears and self doubt could resonate with anyone.
One thing the author did really well was to make Dev, the evil character, totally irresistible. His motives might have been all bad, but man, that guy had the moves! Let's just say that I have an all new appreciation for temporary tattoos. ;-)
On that note, I appreciate how the author was able to include a few sensual scenes, but didn't cross the line in her details like many YA books tend to do. She gave just enough to make things alluring.
I'm so glad I discovered this author. I would totally recommend this book to anyone.
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I would like to say that the writing of the book is good. I enjoyed that it was told in different povs.Read more
we gave this book 5 stars.
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I liked this book because it was like reading a dark fairytale. I loved the characters.Read more