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- Publish Date: August 28, 2012
- Source: eARC provided by author for review
A girl with an unknown destiny.
A boy from a hidden world.
When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets.
The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in through her bedroom window.
He knows what she is . . .
Okay, I admit it was the cover that caught my attention. Add in the great synopsis and I was totally pining to read this. I was pretty confused for a little while, but the characters were so awesome that it didn't really bother me. I knew that things would start to make sense. This was a very interesting story and I really enjoyed it. I know the whole new girl at school thing seems totally overdone, but putting that aside, this book was really great.
Lets start with Celeste. I really liked her. She is adopted by a loving awesome family (bonus, the parents are actually a part of the story, not just forgotten somewhere in the background) and unfortunately moves around a lot. Starting a new school is nothing new to her. I liked that she wasn't whiny or pouty about it. Her first day she meets and becomes BFF's with Tink (Tony is his real name) and he is fabulous!! She really bonds with him and I loved their friendship. As things get really weird with her, like hearing voices, having massive amounts of birds following her, and seeing weird things, she opens up to him and being the awesomesauce person he is, he is there for her and doesn't think she is crazy at all. What I loved the most about her is her sense of self. She wasn't worried about impressing anyone (except maybe Rylan) and she never really thought about who her "real" parents were because it never mattered. Even when it becomes important, she doesn't really want to know.
Rylan is something else. He obviously is the super hot charming boy who she can't help but drool over. He also happens to be a bit anti-social and apparently a new kid too. He has been there for a few weeks, but hasn't talked to anyone until Celeste shows up. Now this boy has got some secrets too. He knows about Celeste's secrets even before she does. He is really cryptic with her at first, but he really wants to help her. more than that, he wants to protect her and be with her. He will do anything he can to make sure she is safe.
The other characters were great too. As you already know, I loved Tink. He is the perfect friend even before he and Celeste know each other well. It's like right when they meet, they just click and it's like they have always been friends. Then her parents are really great too. I liked that they were very present in the story. They don't play a major role in anything really, but they are there and I enjoyed that. Then of course there is always the mean girl that you totally hate. Yup, Jennifer was that girl. I couldn't stand her. She hated Celeste from the first second for no reason at all and that just bothered me. I get that she is the pretty popular girl, but the fact that she calls Celeste a loser and treats her bad before she even knows her is a bit much.
This book was great. It moves at a pretty steady pace for the most part. At first it had me a bit confused, then there was a bit of an info dump, but the rest of the book flowed nicely. We pretty much discover things as Celeste does since we are in her head. I really enjoyed the plot, and how everything unfolded. The relationships between Tink and Celeste and the one between Rylan and Celeste were great. I liked that the relationship that formed between her and Rylan developed slowly. It wasn't just like oh, let's get together!! There was plenty of frustration and build up. I loved the elements of the story too. Besides the magic, the action, and the romance, I thought that the friendships and family relationship were fantastic too. I really hope that this is a series because after reading this I want more. 4 out of 5 stars
She woke a short time later, heart pounding and energy thrumming through her body. She lifted her hands, saw they were shaking then tried to bury them back in the blankets. Her stomach lurched.
She pulled herself to a seated position, looking at her bedside clock. It read 10:03. She felt the truth in her bones. She was now seventeen, and whatever would happen was happening now.
A vibrating sensation started in her toes, then moved up her body. In a matter of frightening seconds, her whole body tingled.
“What’s happening?” Fear settled cold and hard in her belly. She tried to stand, but was overwhelmed by a torrent of sound.
“Oscail an doras! Oscail an doras!” Voices surrounded her, filling her head with strange words. Her head ached like it did when she saw Rylan, a drummer inside her head beating its way out. The birds outside grew restless: scratching, clawing, and squawking in the night air. Shadows filled her room, moving and twisting.
She jumped out of bed and backed against the window. The shadows filled in, details forming: clothes, skin, hair. They were people; wispy, dark, gossamer, but actually there in her room. They moved toward her, begging and pleading for something. She didn’t understand their words.
She put her hands in front of her. “Stop! Please!”
As she did, purple light shot out of her hands. The shadows recoiled. “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God,” she cried. She pulled her hands back and turned them palms up. A purple flame pulsed in the palm of each hand, twisting and rolling like fire.
But she didn’t have time to process it. The people in her room were everywhere, some hanging off her ceiling in strange, unnatural ways. They filled the room, stacking on top of each other, occupying the whole space from the floor to the ceiling. Some had strange, ancient-looking clothes on, some had none at all. Some had normal human skin tones, and others did not.
A very short woman with gray skin and bright pink hair grabbed her leg. “Please, open it,” she said. The top of her head came only to Celeste’s mid-thigh.
Celeste screamed. She kicked the creature off her leg.
She heard pounding on the door. “Ce Ce! Open this door! Are you okay?” She barely heard her dad’s voice over the shrieking, warbling creatures.
“Dad! Help!” she screamed.
Two loud thumps on the door. “I can’t get in. It’s jammed! What’s happening?” he yelled through the door.
The creature grabbed her leg and pulled hard, sending Celeste flying to the floor. She landed on something squishy, and it screamed in protest. She screamed along with it.
Something yanked on her left arm and shoulder, pulling her to her feet. A cold hand covered her face.
“Celeste, look at me,” the voice said.
She focused on the source of the voice. Rylan. Half in, half out of her window. He dropped his hand from her mouth.
“What are you doing here?”
“No time. You need to come with me.” He extended his hand, green eyes blazing.
She hesitated, glancing at her door, where the pounding caused by her father’s attempts to enter grew louder and louder.
“He can’t help you. I can.”
She took his hand.
He clapped his other hand over hers, then lifted her up and out through her window. She landed hard on the grass, panting, surprised at his strength. The crows flew in big black circles above them.
“Now what?” she asked.
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