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For the most part, Izzy Boone has a normal life. She spends her days working as a bicycle messenger and her nights hanging at a bar with her roommate and bar manager, Kennan O'Malley. From the outside, Izzy is like any other 24 year old woman. She’s just trying to make it in the world. On the inside, she is riddled with loss and hurt. Everyone dearest to her is gone, her parents, her Grams, but Izzy maintains an optimism that is unscathed. She has a wild imagination and an a wit about her that simply draws the reader in. On the eve of her 25th birthday, Izzy's world is turned upside down. She is given an assignment that leads her to a strange, yet handsome man, Xavier. Something about this man completely unnerves her, and when he shows up at the most impromptu time, her roommate loses his cool. From there, Izzy discovers she is a member of a rare race of Seers, who have unique abilities, and Keenan is her Guardian, deemed to protect her at all cost. An intricate world evolves around Izzy and Keenan, as they train her in her new found abilities, while trying to hide her from the evil Corporation who wishes to use her power for greed.
This story is gripping. Izzy's snarky personality is delightful. You can’t help but laugh at her wit. For someone who has seen so much loss in her life, her optimism is inspiring. Then there is loyal, devoted Kennan -- hubba bubba! There are two sides of this man that the author reveals, and I must say, I loved them both. I’m not one for spoilers. With that said, I will tell you that we learn so much through Izzy's dreams and nightmares about who she is, her past, and her future. I was really intrigued by Ms. Graves use of Druid/Celtic history as a backstory for the series. It was a nice touch. There are so many twists and turns, that it's almost impossible to put this book down. Secret worlds, family members warring against one another, interesting characters, and a deep connection between the hero/heroine are a few things you will discover in this story.
My opinion, if you're a fan of Twilight and The Mortal Instruments, you will LOVE this book.
I can’t even begin to list every single thing I loved about this book. If I did that then it would literally be pages and pages of spoiler filled goodness. So for the sake of leaving some mystery for all of you wanting to read this in the future, I’ll have a go at reigning myself in.
This book begins with what essentially is really a super bad day in the office for the main character Izzy. She has no idea about what really is going on in the world or how it affects her and the people she knows. That is, until her peaceful oblivion is shattered. Once she has started this chain of events there is just no turning back, her old life is in the past and she has to learn about her new life quickly if she wants to survive. As with so many first books of a series, this book needs to spend a decent amount of its page space building up the back-story and the characters while setting the scene for the storyline to unfold. Michelle Graves goes above and beyond with covering all of these aspects. I loved the fact that I was learning a lot of (necessary) information but still was flicking through the pages feeling like the story was accelerating. I was captured straight away and didn’t for a second feel like anything didn’t ‘fit’ or was awkward or slow.
I love strong woman characters, and really who doesn’t?! When I open a book I want to love my main girl. I want to be completely in her corner... And Izzy has 100% got me in her corner. Her smart mouth, coupled with her completely inappropriate timing, as well as her caring personality combined with her relentless drive and fierce bravery made for one ah-mazing heroine. So many of her one-liners had me cracking up and I definitely wasn’t expecting to spend so much time giggling away to myself. I LOVED that Izzy and the other characters bought such a decent dose of humor. It’s definitely an aspect that not only made me completely obsessed with Izzy as a character, but also really set this book apart from others in its genre.
I can’t write this review and not make a special mention of Kennan. Kennan was the Mr Sexy-pants of the book; a title well deserved, may I say. His big gruff protector demeanor was perfect for this story; this guy was no one dimensional eye-candy. He was just as a big of a part of this story as Izzy was and I loved that his character was so well fleshed out. Just like with how I like my heroine to be kick-ass, if a male character wants to be book boyfriend material he needs to be a hot-big-strong-protector with a gooey-caramel centre... I can honestly say Kennan passes on all accounts. Book boyfriend material he most certainly is... He’s definitely one complex guy, yet despite all of the gruffness and complexity he is irresistibly lovable.
While I was reading this book I was describing it to my friend and told her that it was a lot heavier on the romance side than the action side. After finishing it I stick by that observation. The action is there... and it does kick up a notch towards the end and I know for certain there is a truck-load of action in the subsequent books (yep already read them! Literally. Could. Not. Stop.) But like I said before, this book is setting the stage. I love that Michelle Graves started this story off properly and spent the time exploring the characters and their relationships. Believe me, between the smart-assed jibes and the intense chemistry there is no time to be bored. This book has really set the stage for what I can tell, is going to be an amazing series.