C. Marie Mosley
E-Galley sent in trade for an honest review
Coralie has a secret that's been held from her for a very long time. Memories that would help her hint at what could be going on are wiped without her even knowing. And then her parents introduce her to a respectible young man, Court. Instantly, there's a connection between them. A connection that defies odds and has a huge amount of built in trust.
Trust doesn't come easy though when secrets are involved. Soon, everyone has secrets and some are fighting hard and against everything to do the right thing - at any cost.
With enemies from the past turning up in the present, it's time to lay all the cards on the table.
There's a lot to this story with elements that will remind you of some of your favorite YA Novels. In the same way the Ellie is super strong in Angelfire, we're meeting a young girl with a long history and a bloodline of badassery - we just have to wait to see what she is going to do with it. The way the story eludes to a calling in Coralie's life is reminicent of Unearthly. You know she's going to do big things, but you're finding out what it will be while she does.
But don't get me wrong, this story is uniquely its own. The heart of it is really good, there's a lot of really great things unfolding but there are some roadblocks that may hinder your read. After speaking with the author, I understand why some of the things that bothered me happen. For instance, there's some head-hopping. You know when you're reading from a characters POV and then all the sudden your in somebody else's mind? That happens and it's not so much that it hurts the story, but it may take a second to figure out where you are. It's a chaotic kind of feel, but that's part of what she's trying to achieve, so I get it! One other thing that got me was the preface, because I really didn't see how it wasa preface...the event that happens doesn't really take place before the story picks up, but again it doesn't hurt the story!
There were some points while reading that I had to slow down or re-read, the little things that I mentioned above took some of the oomph out of my read through. I hate to say it, because there were other parts that I really enjoyed and I looked forward to reading more of - like Court and Coralie...but hey, you know how much I like my romance :) - but it's an honest review.
If you're looking to give a new author a chance, someone who puts her heart and soul into her work and is super friendly to boot, give her book a read! It's the first in a series and from what I understand, the second one is about ready to go! Pick it up for your Nook here!