** spoiler alert ** I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
As I read this book I was so curious to know what was going on with Ryan. I could just imagine how crazy it drove Liliana. I was so glad once Lili and Ryan got together yet I CONSTANTLY kept wondering what his deal was. As the story read on it started becoming evident what that something was and I was just so sad and hurt for him. Reading through the attempt of suicide when Lili first met him and then why he was in such pain and that his haunting nightmares were due to his uncle's sexual abuse to him when he was 10. I was so sad. I teared up. This was very hard to read because this touched home for me, it is something that my family also faces issues with so I understand how hard it can be for someone to deal with this type of abuse, let alone being a man.
Another big part of my love for this book was Javi, Lili's son. Him being autistic and the parts where she is so sad and just wants to be able to touch her son and love him killed me. I cried at each of these parts. When Ryan took Lili and Javi ice skating and Javi actually grabbed Ryan's hand and Lili had to run to the bathroom crying because she was so mad that it was Ryan, and not her that Javi had touched first KILLED me. I am tearing up thinking about that pain and as a mother, understand how heart wrenching that moment was for her.
I have read other reviews and several people mention this story being dark. I do not agree. I think that when taken into context, as a whole, this book sheds so much LIGHT and PEACE and HOPE on these kinds of crime. Sexual abuse and suicide are not to be taken lightly. Ryan and Lili's story shows us that there CAN be light at the end. There CAN be a semblance of peace and there is ALWAYS, always hope and love out there for us. This shows the true struggle of love and acceptance on both Lili as well as Ryan's part. Keep in mind, they married and are now expecting a little on. They found their LIGHT, PEACE, and HOPE. :)
Omg!!! This book was sooo amazing that I could NOT put it down! The reading was easy and fluid, I didn't have to stop and re-read. I love the neat new touches the author used in lieu of the same old boring terms for werewolf, vampire, etc. This started out having even me wonder what the heck was going on just as the main character was. I love the explanation of the family and how everything happened. I have been trying to win this book forever and when this opportunity came up I was EXHILARATED! I love the characters relations with each other and just loved the whole feeling of the book. One part that I did become confused on was this character named Thomas at the end. Where did he come from and who is he?? Anyway, lovely writing, great introduction to these new terms. I can NOT WAIT for the next book to come out!!!! B. Kristin McMichael You are a great storyteller and a wonderful weaver of words!
This book was really hard for me to get through. It was so over filled with all of these odd and random details that were just too much about everything. I kept waiting for Syd, the main character to get arrested by the book police and have to recall all of these unnecessary details. Seriously, I didn't even have a clue about who the main character was at all until I got to page 6 where I kind of glimpse the fact that the character is a girl and then you never can be sure these days. The entire first chapter was basically Syd sitting on a roof watching a fire at the school. WAY too slow and too much that was not needed. Sydney is mean and hateful all of the time and especially to her foster parents who have taken her in and allowed her to live with them for 7 years. She seriously does not have a reason to be this angry anymore. Grief usually subsides a little and you do come to respect those around you that love you. Also, she falls in love with these boys all weird like. Who risks their life to tell someone they love them while a huge cat is after them? Yeah, right. I just think all of Syd's thought processes are too screwed up and too off the wall to make this book into something that I would want to even look at the rest of the 6 other books. Not for me. I think the writer could have been good, really good, but too focused on each and every tidbit of detail and giving the main character a horrible attitude and awkward love life, not to mention the whole other life she had before this one and all of her odd magical capabilities. I will not be looking for the future books in this series.