“My mom had always told me – when you meet “the one,” you’ll know; they’ll captivate your heart the moment you lay eyes on them. I had always wondered, though, if my mom’s words of wisdom were finite – if they applied to everyone. Maybe those who had found their one great love were the lucky few, and maybe the rest of us would have to settle for less than earth-shattering.”
Seventeen-year-old Kat Walsh is a Gifted – a human with paranormal abilities. With her mom a former Angel and her dad a dream prophet, it’s always been in her genetic make-up to be extraordinary. Unfortunately for her, the world can’t handle the strange or unusual. So when she slips up and uses her powers at her high school in Ireland, the entire student body treats her like a freak – even the ones she thought were her closest friends.
Broken, but hopeful for a fresh start, she allows her parents to enroll her in a boarding school buried deep within the forests of a small Colorado town. At Midland Pines, School for the Gifted, she feels as though she can finally be herself; she makes new friends and even has the attention of the most popular guy in school – Levi. Everything feels normal again… or does it?
Not long after her arrival, weird dreams of an alluring boy whom she’s never met surface during the night, and the eerie, shadowy trees encircling their school seem to call to her. As these disturbing, yet enticing developments intensify, other bizarre occurrences happen – students and staff turn up missing, and mystery visitors leave gifts while she sleeps. With all of these other things vying for her attention, a desperate Levi has to fight even harder to keep her interest. But with the dreams of the attractive boy slowly captivating her heart, Kat has to make a choice – will she settle for ‘great’ Levi, or will she search for her elusive dream visitor, possibly stumbling across ‘amazing?’
From the author of the Alyx Rayer Chronicles, comes a refreshingly different Young Adult series with plenty of love, suspense, and a new take on the Paranormal.
Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I won’t start this review with a summary for a simple reason; I can’t. I fear if I give a synopsis of my own, I’ll reveal something I shouldn’t have. So instead, let me comment on the already provided synopsis of the book.
The summary provided screams romance and ONLY romance but that’s not the case. But there’s so much more than that, especially the mystery. And because of that mystery, I’m afraid the whole review will be pretty vague.
From the get-go, I was pretty enthralled by the book. The prologue gives us a little peek into the future to build up our interest, to give us something to look forward to. I really liked the story of the book and think that it’s an absolute page turner.
Captivation was born, not bred. It wasn’t something created or forced, but rather a natural, organic bond when a soul recognizes its match in another.
I loved the romance and the way it is contemplated upon and described; How captivation is described. The quote above is one of my favourites from the book. I loved the writing of S.J. Pierce.
Even though it was a great book, there was one little thing that irked me about this book; the perfection of the characters. They were absolutely flawless in all their qualities and I couldn’t think of any reason to criticise them. This may not seem like a bad thing but for me, it made the characters highly unrealistic, which in turn made it a little hard to connect with them.
But that said, I definitely am looking forward to Fight For Me, which is the second book in the series. Especially because of the epilogue and how the way things ended in the first book!
About The Author:
Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-fi novels.