- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Publication date: 4/9/2013
- Source: ARC sent from the publisher for review
Sometimes I forget for an hour or two that she's with me. Sometimes I convince myself that she was only a dream. Or that I'm crazy.
For as long as Lily Winston can remember, she has never been alone. Iris, a shadowy figure who mimics Lily's movements and whispers in her ear, is with her always—but invisible to the rest of the world. Iris is Lily's secret.
But when Lily's father is killed in a tragic accident, his cryptic final words suggest that he and Lily's mother have been keeping secrets of their own. Suddenly, Iris begins pushing Lily more than ever, possessing her thoughts and urging her to put together the pieces of a strange puzzle her father left behind. As she searches for answers, Lily finds herself drawn to Ty Collier, a mysterious new boy in town. Together, Lily and Ty must untangle a web of deception to discover the truth about her family, Iris . . . and Lily's own identity.
When I first heard about this book I knew it was a book I wanted to read. I am big on psychological reads and I was really interested to know what these secrets were that were being kept from her her entire life. I wanted to know if Iris was real. I was interested to know more about Ty because everyone knows that a new mysterious boy is always up to something. This book grabbed my attention and I read it rather quickly. I didn't want to put it down until I knew how it all ended. Oh, bonus points for being a stand alone novel too. That's not to say that I didn't have issues with it, but I did enjoy it.
Lily was not always a very likeable character, in fact about half of the time I wanted to smack her and tell her to stop being so freaking selfish and self absorbed. You already know from the synopsis that she hears a voice and that her dad dies. She knows that her parents were hiding something from her, but days after her dad dies she's on her moms case about it. She's pushy and mean and lies to her. She even at one point tells her she hates her, which I believe is like a week after her dad died. I mean, come on!! I get she wants to know what is going on, but that is just ridiculous!! Then, there's mysterious new boy!! She gets all flirty with him at her dads funeral!! Not cool at all. And then she pretty much leads on her best friend thinking he might have a shot at her, but she knows that she really likes Ty. I could go on and on about her stupid decisions. I do think that she was a very determined person though, and she isn't afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right, but I don't like that sometimes she did it at the expense of others. Hmmm that didn't sound like I liked her much at all, but I actually did.
So then there's Ty. He has some secrets of his own, surprise, surprise right?! I actually really liked him though. He is never mean to anyone, but he will do what he has to in order to get the answers he needs too. He actually has a really good heart, and anything that he does to hurt people isn't intended. He just has such a desperation for why he needs to uncover a secret that you can't help but want him to succeed and get whatever answer he seeks!
The other characters didn't do much for me either. I couldn't stand her best friend Wyatt at all!! He was so freaking possessive and got jealous almost instantly when Ty talked to Lily the first time. Then when Lily is trying to discuss important things with Ty, Wyatt keeps butting in and saying stupid stuff. Ugh!! I wanted to hit him. He was so annoying that I didn't want to read the parts with him in it at all because I would start to get all worked up about it. He was a very unlikeable character and I pretty much wanted him to fall off of a mountain.
Overall I thought the story was really good though. A bit predictable, but still enjoyable to read with the exception of me feeling a bit violent toward Wyatt. I liked how the secrets and the past all got uncovered, but I do think in the end things were wrapped up a bit too tidy. I never really was able to connect with the characters, so there was no real emotion for me while reading, but I liked it and I would recommend it to people who want a quick psychological read that's not too in depth.