For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.
But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?
Author: Lauren Bird Horowitz
Publisher: Skyscape 2015
Genre(s): YA, Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Review: I received this book from NetGalley to read and review. WHOA! Where to even begin. This story follows a girl by the lovely name of Noa, she’s recently lost a sister so her world is seemingly crumbling around her. Noa is quiet and reserved, a complete opposite to her late-sister, Isla. She has a select few friends and is probably the strongest one left in her family other than her bright ball of light sister, Sasha. Her writer of a mother, is a lost cause after she slips into a depression, her father a distracted overworked silent sufferer. Noa deals and faces so many struggles on her own, revealing herself only to her secret notebooks painted with the words of her poetry.
I absolutely loved the progression of Noa’s daily life. Watching her face the zombies she calls parents and dealing with her new romantic interest Callum and all his baggage, in silence through her words is heartbreaking yet breathtaking. I can only imagine what she’s going through just by reading this book. It’s a magical, mystical yet dark and cryptic beauty. The development of all of Horowitz characters in this book, is quite simply amazing. (I loved the roller coaster of Miles.) Noa begins to trust herself more and others as it seems when her ghost of a sister comes to her aid at times. (Not saying more than that.)
The plot has just enough twists and turns in my opinion. There were times when I just held my breath at the intense moments. There were only a handful of instances when i felt the story lagged, but as soon as I felt it was dull it picked right back up again. It found the perfect balance and I struggled with the fact I couldn’t read it in one sitting because of real life events. Sigh.
To put it short I loved this book. Horowitz did an amazing job and THE ENDING KILLED ME! I will be following this series and can’t wait until the next book comes out. I definitely suggest it to anyone regardless of their genre preferences because it will quite simply enthrall you. I’d love to hear from you so drop a comment or message me! 🙂
😀 Go find this and read it. It won’t dissapoint! ❤
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