The Temptation

The Temptation

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by Alisa Valdes
     
 

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His touch was electric.

His eyes were magnetic.

His lips were a temptation. . . .

But was he real?

Shane is near death after crashing her car on a long stretch of empty highway in rural New Mexico when she is miraculously saved by a mysterious young man who walks out of nowhere. She feels an instant energy between them, both a warmth that

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His touch was electric.

His eyes were magnetic.

His lips were a temptation. . . .

But was he real?

Shane is near death after crashing her car on a long stretch of empty highway in rural New Mexico when she is miraculously saved by a mysterious young man who walks out of nowhere. She feels an instant energy between them, both a warmth that fills her soul and a tingle that makes her shiver. But who, or what, is he? For the first time in her life, she believes in the term "soul mates"—Travis is her destiny, and she is his. But she soon discovers that Travis is dead and strict rules govern kindred spirits of different dimensions. Even a kiss could destroy both their souls. And while Travis is almost impossible to resist, temptation proves to be the kindest enemy they encounter.

In this part romance, part supernatural thriller, true love discovers it may not be able to surpass all—especially the power of pure evil.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—The plot of this supernatural romance may seem a little too familiar to some readers. Mysterious boy rescues girl. She is irresistibly attracted to him; he feels likewise, but will not allow her to kiss him because it's too dangerous. And, finally, the girl makes poor decisions in order to be with him. Shane is driving to a violin concert when her car goes off the road in a deserted stretch of the New Mexico highway. She is saved and mysteriously healed by a handsome cowboy, Travis, who also protects her from coyotes. It turns out that he is a revenant who can heal and also become corporeal. Things really become complicated once Shane and Travis realize that Travis's enemy, a demon, is after her. The teens also come to understand that their attraction is something more powerful: they are Kindred, aka soul mates. Travis is stuck in limbo for something he did when he was alive, and when he saves Shane's life a second time, he is banished to the Underworld and she must now try to save him. As the first book in a trilogy, there are plenty of plotlines left dangling. With pedestrian writing that reads more like a TV script than a novel, a derivative plot, and minimal character development, this book is only for libraries that must have every supernatural romance that comes along.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
VOYA - Deborah Cooper
Shane, a high school student and violin prodigy, crashes her car on a remote highway in the desert. She is bleeding and facing certain death when a handsome teenage boy, Travis, appears out of nowhere with the ability to heal her otherwise fatal wounds. The two are strongly attracted to each other, and Shane is undeterred even after discovering that Travis is actually dead. As a ghost in full human form, he has been allowed the chance to make up for past misdeeds. Travis believes that he and Shane are soul mates, or "Kindred," and that she can help redeem him. The two protagonists are challenged by dark forces and evil spirits from the Underworld who are connected to events from Travis's past. Valdes is a seasoned author of adult books and The Temptation is her first foray into YA fiction. Although it is disappointingly formulaic and the paranormal romance is basic in its telling, there are enough nuance and grit to keep teenaged readers entertained. As the story progresses, it grows ever darker, deepening the suspense. The plot is lifted by the character details and backstory with several unexpected twists that add layers of interest. Much is left unresolved, as one would expect for the first story in a trilogy, but whether or not the cliffhanger ending and relationship drama is strong enough to sustain readers' attention in the sequels remains to be seen. With clear echoes of the Twilight series, this book will appeal to teens looking for an easy, diverting read. Reviewer: Deborah Cooper

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062114594
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
852,170
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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