by Faith McKay
Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.
Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?
While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?
Synopsis from Goodreads
"The more she knew about all of this, the more she came to realize that ignorance really was bliss, but the monsters would still kill you just the same."
I am entirely on the fence about this book. On the one hand, the writing style is easy to fall in love with. It is so smooth it just rolls off the tongue. It draws you in and pulls you along.
The plot is complex and unpredictable. I have no idea where this story in heading, but I look forward to reading it! It is unlike any other other paranormal book I have read, and that makes it simply refreshing. This is just book one, and I can already see the enormity of it all. It's a huge undertaking, and I applaud McKay's venture.
And since I know that some people have issues with reading Indie books due to editing issues, you will be comforted to know that this is cleanly done. Only minor issues.
The issues that I did have with the book were simple. The ages of the characters simply didn't mesh with their behavior at times. Violet, our MC's younger sister, is supposed to be nine, but I can't help but envision her as being six or seven. Samantha, *Sam*, is 16. She's counting down the days to her escape, but there were moments at the beginning of the book that I felt she was acting a little further away from adulthood.
On the plus side, Sam, and her inevitable love interest Nick, mature throughout the story, making their sexual tension a little less awkward, and their dialogue is very well done. They really did grow on me.
As a quick side note, I found it strange that vegetarianism randomly sneaked into this story, and was described as not being a popular choice, and that people felt threatened by it. I just wanted to point out that it is, in fact, growing in popularity, with 7.3 million Americans living the lifestyle. There are 400 million vegetarians worldwide, and I don't know a single person who is threatened by vegetables.
Except brussel sprouts.
Those bitches are deadly.
Copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.