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Tatum is a strong female lead, but far from perfect--something I appreciate. Her traumatic past leaves her with a darker side that keeps the reader unsure of whether she is indeed the "good guy" or not. Likewise, the minor characters are colorful and likable, though I did long for more from Emmerick. On the one hand, I am so grateful that this novel doesn't fall into the predictable romance trope that is so common with YA and NA today. While there is some light chemistry between Tatum and Emmerick, this dynamic is secondary to the story itself. On the other hand, given what we learn about Emmerick and who he actually is (which is an awesome twist in of itself!), I found myself craving a deeper connection with him and wanting to know more about him.
Overall Krystal Jane Ruin nailed her debut novel and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next!
What drew me in from the start was that Tatum refers to herself a psychic but she is so much more. Her extended family worked as palm readers and fortune tellers but Tatum had talents that extended beyond theirs and no one really knew the true extent of her skills. Tatum has spent a considerable part of her life locked-up or closely supervised by her Aunt. Her only thoughts were focused on repressing her memories of the horrible night her family was destroyed and making money so that when she was finally free to be on her own she had the means to do it. She only invested the bare minimum of herself into her craft, just enough to make items to sell on the black market.
I loved the underground marketplace! This is where Tatum went to peddle her potions, curses and charms. Yes, she made curses and plagues. Not exactly a “good girl” character but I liked that about her. The underground market was dark, mysterious, and filled with interesting characters. It was everything I could expect from a place where people were buying, selling and bartering all sorts of magical items. It is also where Tatum keeps running into Shepard Ross. He is very creepy and really wants to talk to Tatum but she does her best to avoid him. Until she can’t.
Shepard will not leave Tatum alone. He finally corners her and this is where the story really takes off. Shepard is a villainous character and he hits all the creepy, disgusting points with me. He may look human but he is really something much more sinister. He has been seeking Tatum as she has powers beyond her imagining and Shepard and his crowd have been waiting for her to be ready. Tatum finds herself caught up in a struggle that is too fantastical to believe. She must learn to harness her powers in order to save herself and her family.
There is a flicker of romance in this story between Tatum and Emmerick. Emmerick is the amiable handyman who always seems to show up at the right times. His character is a bit swoony and very likable. He is also way more that he seems! I enjoyed learning about his background and found that his part in the story was fantastic. A bit creepy to consider but I really liked it.
This was a debut novel for Krystal Jane Ruin and I think it is a job well done. I found myself immediately engaged and I did not set it down. I read it in one sitting and it was a fast read. It has many different elements that would appeal to a wide variety of readers. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely, this is a book that I would highly recommend and an author that I will keep an eye on.
This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Krystal Jane Ruin. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.