- Publisher: Entangled Teen
- Publication date: 3/4/2014
- Series: Fractured Souls Series
- Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.
Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?
When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.
I really enjoy books about weird dreams being real life things, and being that it's her own death sounded really interesting. Unfortunately, this one fell really flat for me. I didn't really like the characters, and I didn't find them to be well developed. The story was interesting, but very predictable. I didn't feel any excitement or feel the tension of things the way I think was intended. Even though this book wasn't for me, I was able to read it all the way through, so that's a good thing right?
Selena was a character I tried so hard to like, but I just couldn't do it. She has visions, but only a few people know. When she starts to have visions of her own death, she hides it from everyone instead of going to her supposed best friends for support. Then there's Dillan, the new guy who is a total jerk, but of course she is attracted to him. She denies it up and down, but he is pretty much all she thinks about. How much he infuriates her, how much of a jerk he is, you know that type of thing. Then she gets pissed when she knows her best friend is keeping things from her when she's doing the same thing. Oh, and she is totally impulsive in a dumb way. Really, fighting off a bunch of re-animated corpses with a stick? Then getting mad when someone with a cool sword tries to help because she's not a damsel in distress right? Anyways, I just didn't click with her character and I can't think of any redeeming qualities because she irritated me.
Dillan is Mr. Broody, douche extraordinaire. But he's hot and the new guy, so that makes it all okay right. Don't we all turn to a puddle of goo at the guy who is a total ass. Not in a fun teasing way either, he really is just a jerk. He's mean and rude, and he doesn't hold it back. He has a past too. It wouldn't be a typical angsty teen book without that. Of course, we don't know what happened to have him sent to live with his uncle at first, but we know that he did something bad. That bad thing which also makes him broken and sensitive underneath it all *eye roll*. Yeah, I didn't like Dillan at all, and I didn't feel like he redeemed himself in any way even though he couldn't deny his feelings toward Selena. He is a demoted decendent of important blood and he is bitter about it in that hate the entire world kind of way. Even when he took the douchiness down a notch, I still was not able to like him at all.
I won't even get into what is supposed to be a romance. This book just didn't do anything for me. Since I didn't like the characters, I didn't feel what they were supposed to feel. The plot was too typical and predictable. Where we are supposed to feel the tension and be on the edge of our seats, I just wanted it to be over. Sorry this review is so negative, but I just felt like this was a bunch of the things that drive me nuts individually, all grouped into one book. Perhaps if the characters had been better, I would have liked this a bit more, but it really just didn't work for me. The one thing that I did like about it was Dillan's Hellhound and Selena's best friend who's name I actually can't remember now. Also wondering when her Grandparents would finally let out the secret they were hiding from her, which to the reader is obvious, but not to her. I can't say that I enjoyed this book as you can tell from my review, but I do think that it will have it's audience of those who will really like it. I guess as a whole this was just not my thing.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.