Author: Nichole Giles
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Pub Date: May 1st, 2013
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
My Copy: Courtesy of Rhemalda Publishing as Part of the Descendant Blog Tour
Seventeen-year old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.
Blessed-or cursed-with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that haunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he’s a missing piece of her own soul.
Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it’s not just Abby’s life at stake.
An interesting unique tale about a young woman who is gifted and the journey she takes on. I really found the character of Abby to be really interesting. This book was like an adventure that you get sucked into right from the start.
Right from the start, we see that Abby is in danger from unknown people. She is scared and rightfully so we learn when she suffers a tragic lost which causes her and her mother to move. Yet both Abigail and her mother feel like there were so many questions left unanswered, but they have no answers and lean on each other for support. I really liked the mother and daughter relationship in this book. I felt that there was a genuine trust between the two of them. This was one of the ways books really shine for me.
Also when they get to town, I was impressed with how the other kids welcomed her and that there were no mean girls in this book, but rather other teenagers who were welcoming and opening to her. I found that these girls were really nice. I really like Rose and her sparkling personality.
Yet the moment Abby meets Kye, there’s a spark between them and things get intense and they discover so much more about each other. Kye and Abby find out that they are both Gifted and have abilities. These abilities make them special and hunted by a group that wants to have their abilities and unleash a terrible evil on the world. Also love the scene with the fairies. Thought it was vividly descriptive and well done. I also like how the fairies did a good job of explaining how their powers are part of them and how the dark forces are coming for them and how they must be viligant against those who would kill them.
Plus things get really crazy really fast. There are also things we learn about Abagail and Kye. How they were past lovers and that she is a reincarnated princess/descendant of the princess. This makes her kind of shocked and special and Kye too. We find that there adventure takes them to all kinds of places. Their adventure to find the keys to stop the bad guys comes at a heavy price as they have to wrestle with hard decisions about what to do and when to do things. They also have some really neat, but kind of unrealistic thing like scaling down the Statue of Liberty which was a far stretch even for me.
Overall I liked the book but found it at times to be a little bit long and sometimes a little bit dramatic at times. I really liked Abagail and Kye’s relationship a lot. I wanted them to actually have more romantic scenes, because that was where the book shined. The imagery and flashbacks were nice of their former lives was nice. I just wish at times that the dialogue from the villains hadn’t been so corny.
A solid book.
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