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Posted April 23, 2012
I'm a romantic suspense lover, so this isn't my normal type of book. However, once I got into it, I didn't want to put it down until I found out what happened next. I like books that are different from anything I've ever read, and this is one. Athena Gray has a hard time building relationships because of her gift. Dan is the only boy she's felt comfortable around, and she begins to build hope, but a butterfly in a collection returns from the dead and disappears. This nearly dissolves their relationship since it was in a collector's item display case in his home and belonged to his brother. She lives with her older sister who is busy with college and work, so she's mostly on her own. Good versus evil when a dark person with his own agenda demands she help him, or her family and Dan will pay. Can Athena find a way to release his hold on her without endangering those she cares about? The woods behind the high school are deep, dark, and mysterious. Athena once loved them and roamed freely underneath their leafy roof. She found comfort there until the evil one appeared with his hounds. She enjoyed walking home from school beneath their cover until he runied her special place. Dan offers to help, but she doesn't want to involve him anymore than he is for fear of what might happen to him. When she finds her sister has disappeared, she has no choice. Her sister's life hangs in the balance. I loved the way Athena handled the mean girls in the restroom, the ones who told her she couldn't use "their" restroom anymore. Athena will use it to her heart's content, and she won't back down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2012
(This book was given to me for free by the author on a read-to-review basis.)
Athena Gray has a secret. Sometimes if she really wants something dead to live again, it will mysteriously come back to life. At first it was just dead bugs when she was a child, but then it was a bird, and most recently her grandfather.
Now though Athena has another problem. A mysterious man and his black dogs with red eyes are stalking her. 'Aero' as he calls himself wants something from her, and he'll stop at nothing to get it. When he kidnaps her boyfriend Dan, and threatens to hurt him unless Athena does as he asks, Athena has no choice but to agree.
Aero calls Athena a 'death cheater' and asks her to 'convince' someone to pass over. Apparently her gift is not a one-way deal, not only can she bring things back to life, but she can also cause things to stop living. Doing as Aero asks, she helps an elderly woman with cancer to pass over to the other side. But Aero won't stop at just one, he wants Athena to keep doing this, and again threatens to hurt the people she loves if she doesn't do as he asks.
Athena can't do it though, and she has to find some way to stop Aero, whilst protecting her friends and family. With tensions rising at home though, her grades dropping, and everyone staring at her at school, Aero is just one problem too many for Athena to deal with.
I really enjoyed this book, it was well written, had good pace, and kept the reader interested. I really related to Athena as a character, and really felt for her and the problems she was facing. It definitely reminded me of what it's like to be a teenager, and I really liked that she had her own way of saying things, eg: 'oh cheese!'
The storyline itself was intriguing, the idea of being a death cheater was original and not something that I have come across before, and the romance element was light and didn't overpower the rest of the book.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone who likes young-adult fiction, or books with a paranormal/fantasy feel.
A definite 8/10! Enjoy!
Posted February 16, 2012
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