Rating within series: N/A
Individual rating: 4.2/5
Series rating: N/A
I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review. This book was written by Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous and is expected to come out October 3, 2017.
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Fifteen-year-old Laurel Goodwin wakes up to find her older sister Ivy missing from their Airstream trailer in the Oregon redwoods. A recurring nightmare convinces her that Ivy was abducted, but no one takes her dream seriously, including her mom. Laurel, a loner, has to learn to ask for help, and Jasper Blake, a mysterious new kid who shares her love of old books, quickly becomes her ally. Together they find their quiet town holds a deep secret and is the epicenter of a dark prophecy.
Laurel soon learns that her worst enemies, mean girls Peyton Andersen and Mei Rosen, are developing powers that she needs to find and save Ivy. With time running out, Laurel realizes that power doesn’t always take the form that you expect. And once she learns to look beyond her snap judgments, she develops an unexpected gift of her own.
“But that’s how life goes: one day we all have to take care of the people who once took care of us. If only there was some way to be ready for that moment.”
This book, I have to admit, quickly became one of my favorites. Although it was slightly slow and confusing in the middle, I have to say I really enjoyed it. It entertained me the entire way through, and I’m really hoping for a sequel. Laurel was fabulous. I really enjoyed her character’s tenacity and drive to find her sister when nobody else would believe her, even her mother. I felt that the characters had decent character depth that could have be rounded out a tiny bit better, but for the most part they were pretty good.
I enjoyed Peyton and Mei, although I’m not sure that I really enjoyed the different chapters observing them. I thought it was kind of confusing and slightly annoying because the majority of the book was from Laurel’s perspective. I wish there would have been more time dedicated to them using and honing their powers, because I felt like they got lucky time and time again. Their powers were just too convenient. I didn’t understand the prophecy very much, because there were six ‘flare’s’ when it said only four were needed, so I was unsure as to what the point of that was.
Also, Jasper’s character bothered me a little bit. I didn’t feel he was necessary, and I felt no real spark of chemistry between him and Laurel. They’d only known eachother barely a week, part of that Laurel felt he might be evil, and suddenly they’re in love with eachother? I don’t think so. There was just enough conflict at the end to bring in a sequel, but I won’t be pushing people out of the way to read it. I really liked the idea of the different powers and their uses and I thought they were very creative and executed decently well.
There were a lot of characters that were kind of pointless to me. Skye didn’t really feel like she was useful at all and shouldn’t have been so involved because she actually didn’t contribute anything. There were a lot of secrets that were kept and conflict within the main characters, but it was resolved too easily. There was a hunch that someone was bad, and then all of a sudden he wasn’t involved or mentioned in the story at all after that. The actual evil characters were a pleasant surprise because although I predicted it, it was done in a way I didn’t think would happen.
I did enjoy this book, and I’d be more than glad to read the following because I’m curious as to what went wrong in the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good YA Mystery/Thriller and Romance, because maybe the romance part just wasn’t for me. I liked it, I liked their powers, I liked the story, and I liked the main character.
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Genre: YA Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Author: Helena Echlin and Malena Watrous