Til Death by Kate Evangelista
Sixteen-year-old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a daydreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally, this is not a problem, as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freakyeven for her.
Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more drool-worthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Too bad he acts like he hates her.
When Selena learns she's being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined, she's had enough. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easily, especially when she discovers that Dillan isn't what he seems…and might not actually hate her after all. Dillan might be the only person who can save her.
About the Author
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she has a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. She is also the author of Taste, and Reaping Me Softly.
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A Fractured Souls Novel
By Kate Evangelista, Liz Pelletier
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Home Sweet Hell
Banshees. Nasty, yellow-eyed creatures with poisonous claws. Dillan damned them and the mothers who birthed them to hell as the G6 taxied on the tarmac. He rolled down his sweater sleeves to hide the healing evidence of their claws. Similar scratches riddled his body. Thankfully, the majority of his face remained untouched. Still, bitches, all of them.
He eyed the two burly guards sitting opposite him. They grunted. The disgust on their ugly faces seemed to imply that looking at his injuries meant he whined. He gave them the finger. They couldn't touch him, despite the hostility in their glares. Their orders were to escort the banished to his prison. At least they didn't shackle him.
Who would have thought demotion in the Illumenari meant prisoner status? Not like he could blame them. As a Guardian, he had one duty. And he failed at it. Trained all his life only to choke at the last second. Pathetic. He'd disgraced himself and his illustrious lineage. The fact they allowed him to live with his guilt was punishment enough.
"Well, it's been a scintillating flight, gentlemen," he said, his first words since leaving Turkey. Slapping the armrests of his seat, he pushed up just as the flight attendant broke the door's seal.
Baldy one and baldy two shared a grunt and then sneered at him. Their silence spoke volumes. They might as well have called him trash. He would have. He waited, but they didn't bother getting up. Apparently, their job was done.
Giving the guys one last middle-finger wave, he picked up his duffle and shuffled toward the door. The flight attendant smiled at him. He gave her a quick nod. Just doing her job, she didn't deserve attitude. Not like she judged him.
One huge downside of demotion?
He felt almost ... human.
Shudders rolled down his body as he stepped onto the G6's steps, duffle bag over his shoulder. His gaze flicked to the insignia of three concentric circles at the tail that represented their fight for the side of light. The symbol meant something, and he'd shit all over it. His pride for what he did was at an all-time low. Nothing could make him feel less of a loser as the plane's engines screamed. The pilot powered down after the long flight. Heaviness settled on his shoulders, hunching them forward. A headache the size of a baseball formed behind his right eye. He hadn't slept in God knew how long.
At the top step, he huffed. Running his fingers though his hair to scratch an itch, he couldn't remember the last time he'd showered, and the inside of his mouth tasted like ass.
So much for traveling in style in the Illumenari private jet.
His guards wouldn't let him out of their sight, even to use the plane's facilities. The bastards. As if he'd escape at thirty thousand feet. Then again, he could have, and they knew that. But he wouldn't. No matter how much he bitched and moaned about his situation, he'd do his time.
He frowned up at the midnight sky. A different set of constellations blinked back, mocking him for his mistakes. He shook his head. Definitely not in Budapest anymore. And why in the hell did the air smell like Pine Fresh?
In the distance, a shadowed figure stood still. He squinted. A banshee? Heart kicking into his throat, his fingers closed around the charm attached to a leather cuff on his wrist. One rub and he'd have his weapon ready to defend himself.
"Welcome to Wyoming, Dillan," someone said in a calm yet detached voice, drawing his attention.
Rainer leaned against a sweet, cherry red '66 Mustang. Not ready to acknowledge his uncle just yet, he flicked his gaze back to the spot where he'd noticed the shadow. It was gone. He rubbed his eyes and blamed it on the jetlag. Taking a deep breath of the bracing air, he looked down at his uncle from the top of the plane steps. The second his feet touched the tarmac, he'd give up any advantage the high ground provided. He knew the stories. Regular children had the boogeyman. The Illumenari had Rainer Sloan.
Then his uncle's greeting registered fully. "Wyoming?" The word tasted foul. And because he just couldn't help himself, "What? No parade? Confetti?"
"Nope." Rainer shook his head, a half-grin on his lips.
"Is it too late for Siberia? I can leave the pilot here and fly myself there."
He didn't break eye contact as his uncle studied him. All Sloan men possessed the same brow, the same blue eyes, and the same straight as a razor jawline. It was eerie. Like staring in a mirror twenty years from now.
"Just like your father," Rainer "the Boogeyman" Sloan finally said, his assessment completed. "Come on. We have a long ride ahead of us."
The words "This is your life" flashed in Dillan's head as he jogged down the steps. "You mean this isn't it yet?"
Rainer pushed off the side of his car, moved around to the trunk, and popped it. "Consider yourself lucky."
"Lucky? Bullshit." He dumped the sum of his things into the trunk that could fit a body and a half. Then slammed the lid and made his way to the passenger side.
"Hey! Easy." His jailer sauntered to the driver's side, hand gliding over the gleaming metal. "Dent anything, and I use your face to fix it. Where's Sebastian?"
"He's not here yet?" His brow furrowed. The hellhound left Turkey before he did. The fact that he couldn't sense his partner anymore pissed him off. The restrictions on his powers blew. He'd have to relearn how to live without most of his abilities. Back to square one, i.e. the kiddie table.
"Being an Arbiter again sucks, doesn't it?" Rainer teased as if reading Dillan's mind.
Arbiter. He snorted. The title connoted a place of power. Someone in authority. He might as well be called a grunt. In the Illumenari hierarchy, Arbiters were the peacekeepers. They were sent to mediate disputes between Supernaturals. Only when an agreement couldn't be reached between parties could force be used, hence the lack of any real power. Never in a million years did he ever see himself back at this level of his career.
Patience reaching its limit, he barked, "Can we just go?"
"I think you're forgetting who I am and why you're here. Do I need to teach you a lesson in respect?"
As soon as the threat reached Dillan's ears, invisible, serrated teeth latched onto every part of him. He dropped to his knees, hands splayed on the blacktop. Without moving from his spot at the driver's side, Rainer brought him down by his aura alone. As if banishment wasn't humiliating enough. He gritted his teeth, refusing to cry out. He focused on his breathing, distributing what little energy he had in his body to dull the attack. The veins on his neck stood out from the effort. Blood rushed to his face.
Just when Dillan thought he was about to pass out, Rainer said, "And to think I had a case for you."
Raising his chin, he met his uncle's cold glare and croaked out, "What case?"
Like the tide, the supercharged air surrounding him receded. The Boogeyman threw his head back and laughed.
* * *
Two hours later, Rainer hadn't shared a single detail of the case. It was like he dangled the carrot only to yank it away. No matter how much Dillan grilled him, his uncle remained tight-lipped. At least he no longer felt the killing urge coming from the driver side of the car. Dick move on his part, pissing Rainer off. He suspected the guy only remained obstinate to torture him.
When they pulled into a quiet street lined with townhouses in the middle of Nowhere, Wyoming, the subject of high school came up. From the street to the garage, words like records and enrollment were stringed together. Shopping for school supplies may also have been mentioned. He couldn't be sure, having tuned out the moment the engine died.
"School's a load of crap," he said, fishing out his duffle bag from the trunk. The wards used to protect the property from any attacks by Supernaturals prickled along his skin. Another reminder of his demotion. Arbiters couldn't put up wards. He only had the basics now: defense, surface wound healing, and some attack options. He hated himself a little more with every second that passed.
"I don't want to raise suspicion," Rainer replied, not breaking his even stride as he led the way into the house via the kitchen. "If you don't go, people will talk."
"I don't need school," he insisted, trailing his warden through the living room and up the stairs. "Come on, tell me about the case. And just so you know, I've had a rough couple of days. Don't leave me hanging."
Rainer stopped at the top of the stairs. On instinct, Dillan reached for his charm. Every muscle in his body tensed. It might be suicide, but he would defend himself against the Boogeyman.
"Look," his uncle sighed, "in these parts, you're a minor." Dillan rolled his eyes. He hadn't been a minor since his grandfather had given him the cuff he wore on his thirteenth birthday. Ignoring him, Rainer continued, "I can't have you skulking around or staying in the townhouse all day. We have to establish your cover. And I'm a teacher here, for Pete's sake. I have a reputation to maintain. First day of your junior year starts tomorrow."
"How convenient. The Council couldn't have timed it better."
"You're going to school, end of discussion."
Before he could open his mouth to rebut, Rainer disappeared into one of the rooms on the second floor. Stunned, he stared at the place where his uncle once stood. No one had ever spoken to him like a child since ... well, since he actually was a child. Seething, he bounded up the rest of the way and entered what he assumed was his bedroom, ready to argue further about not going to school. When he spotted the double bed pushed up against a wall, he barely held in a groan. The blue sheets begged him to bury himself beneath them.
A leather steamer trunk rested at one end of the bed, while a stack of notebooks, a penholder full of sharpened pencils, and a lamp sat together on a desk facing a window. In a clever use of the space, the closet blended in with the ocher paint. Books dominated the rest of the wall. He immediately calculated the many ways he could defend himself in this space in case of an attack.
"You like it?" Rainer gestured at the space.
"It's still a cell." He dropped his duffel and skimmed the titles on the shelves.
"Compared to some of the prisons I've been in? This is freakin' Caesar's Palace."
It took him a second to get the Vegas reference. He hadn't been back to the States since he'd left with his parents. He approached the desk and tapped the empty spot where a computer should be. "You forgot the laptop."
Eyebrow cocked, Rainer flipped a switch underneath the lip of the desk, and the tabletop parted. A panel with a laptop rose from a secret compartment. "The specs are standard issue, but I've added a few upgrades. It's connected to the Illumenari server."
Eying the ultra-thin, chrome laptop, his first impulse was to call his parents. Update them. His chest tightened. The disappointment on his father's face was still fresh in his mind. They wouldn't be speaking to him any time soon. Not until he'd redeemed himself.
Caught up in his own pity party, he didn't notice his uncle reaching for him until a hand landed on his shoulder. On reflex, he executed a grab-and-twist maneuver. An inhale later, he found himself face down on his new desk, his arm bent at a bad angle behind him. If he moved, it would dislocate.
"I'm seeing a pattern of disrespect from you," came the whisper into his ear.
Chills rippled over Dillan's skin. If death had a voice ...
"Maybe I really need to teach you some manners." The Boogeyman added more pressure on his arm, and a pop followed. Dillan's vision tunneled. He bit the inside of his cheek to keep from screaming like a girl. His fingers went limp. Counting to ten, he forced himself to relax. Only then did Rainer release him and back away.
"You'll find everything you need in this room. The bathroom's down the hall. And Dillan ..." He stopped at the door, his expression calm as if nothing happened. "Go to bed. You start school tomorrow."
Grunting, he pushed off the desk with his good hand. His arm hung loose at his side. The throbbing pain spread all the way to his chest, constricting every breath he took in. Biting his lower lip, he grabbed his elbow, braced himself against the desk, and popped his arm back in. The room spun. He closed his eyes and stumbled his way to the bed. His life officially sucked. Then he passed out.CHAPTER 2
Meeting Mr. Rock-Star-National-Geographic
Visions. For as long as I could remember, I'd had them. Snippets of my immediate future to be exact. Like what I got on a test or that my hot history teacher was going to walk into today's algebra class unannounced. I kept telling my best friends there was no use asking me for lottery numbers. Not that kind of ability. They were the only ones other than my grandparents who knew, and I wanted to keep it that way.
Think of it like a lame superpower. I wished I had visions of the winning lottery combination! Then I wouldn't have to find a part-time job to start a college fund, Grams wouldn't have to work at the diner anymore, and Gramps wouldn't have to fix tractors and trucks for a living. Sometimes my visions were helpful, sometimes not. And right now I wished that a vision would have told me to avoid my locker on this lovely first day of junior year.
The cellphone I set inside the small space buzzed as I stuffed all the essentials I might need for the coming year. Spare clothes. A toiletry kit. A small mirror to check my lipgloss. When the metallic rumbling stopped, I peeked at the message.
The familiar scent of chlorine masked by musky, cool cologne filled my next breath. The skin on the back of my neck prickled. I looked down to see long legs in jeans and boots. My locker door hid the rest of him. I quickly typed in my reply.
He just stood there. Why was he just standing there?
I closed my eyes and silently counted to ten. I didn't need this kind of aggravation. How could I have deluded myself into thinking I could avoid him in a school this tiny, in a town so small?
A couple of girls passed by, giggling.
I shot them a sidelong glance. Connie Everton, my lab partner from last year, twirled her hair and said something to a blond I almost didn't recognize. Samantha Torrington. Blond? Really? It was amazing what dumping a bottle of hydrogen peroxide over your head did. I opened my mouth to call out to them, but they were already too far without me having to shout. The last thing I needed was to draw attention to myself and the guy who stood beyond the protection of my locker door.
Again I picked up my phone.
Penny:Cant. 2 far.
Not fast enough. She could have teleported to me and it would be too late. I slipped my phone into my back pocket, resigned to my fate.
"Hey, Selena," said a deep, familiar voice.
A month since the breakup, and still a shiver ran down my spine like cold fingers. I hated it. I slammed my locker shut. Bang! As much as I wanted him to disappear, I had to deal with him eventually. Might as well be now.
Bowen rested a shoulder on the locker beside mine. His tall, broad-shouldered frame screamed all-American. For the life of me, I couldn't remember why I fell for all that. Include bronzed skin and sun-kissed brown hair, and you had a combination lethal to the female population of all ages, if I based my info on my grandmother's opinion. His eyes — the color of black coffee — raked over my body with a familiar possessiveness I never liked. They started from my face, down to my respectably sized chest, all the way to my skinny jeans.
My foot tapped an uneasy beat. "What are you doing here, Bowen? Don't you have practice this morning?"
His biceps bulged from crossing his arms. "We did." He pointed at his wet hair. "We just finished."
"Hey, Bowen!" Penny skidded to my side, her long, black braid bouncing over her shoulder. Today she chose a ruffled, pink shirt and jeans combo with cowboy boots, embracing her inner farm girl. I breathed an immediate sigh of relief. "What's a jerkwad like you doing harassing my best friend this early in the morning?"
I smirked. Score one for Penny. The frown on Bowen's face filled my chest with satisfaction. Lots of it.
He shifted his gaze from Penny to me. "We need to talk."
Before she could answer for me, I said, "No. We don't."
The bell interrupted him.
"Let's not." I held up my hand to stall anything else he had to say.
"See ya!" Penny tugged at my arm, and I went with her willingly.
* * *
My encounter with Bowen put me in a mood. The rapid tap, tap, tap of my pencil hitting my desktop helped distract me from the invisible two-ton hands that settled on my shoulders. Rogue, copper curls tumbled down my forehead. I blew them away, but they kept bouncing back down. Officially annoyed, I ran my fingers through them. Still no go. Giving up, I slumped forward, pencil squeezed between my thumb and forefinger.
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A valiant try at a steamy, sexy supernatural romance, I just wasn't feeling this novel. Despite the original and novel idea--a girl with magic powers falling in love and chased by dark forces--the execution could've been improved. I feel that the main character, Selena, could've been more relatable. But the real thorn in my side was Dillan, the stupid, brainless alpha male teen girls seem to love despite the abusive tendencies. Look elsewhere for a good book, because this book was one of the worst I've ever read.
Selena has always had visions and other than her grandparents and best friend no one knows it. She has always tried to live a normal life and had no problems doing so until Dillan comes to town. Dillan messed up an assignment and has been sent off. He doesn't know why but something is different about Selena and he is determined to find out. They don't get along and more and more odd things begin to happen in their small town. While they can't seem to get along they have to work together to protect Selena. This was an enjoyable book that had a few surprises. Some of them you could see coming some you couldn't. Selena when faced with a zombie pretty much holds it together and you see she is a strong smart girl. She is used to add things she just didn't know how strange or how much weird stuff was out there in the world. I think it helps her when she is faced with finding everything out. I liked her. Dillan bad to say I didn't care for. He was a jerk and at times to me conceited. He was a big shot but now he isn't and sometimes it seems he forgot that. I did like how they worked together at the end to solve things. I love this author and I really enjoy seeing what new things she comes up with. If you like YA paranormal and a bad boy this book may be for you.
Rating: 3.5/5 What attracted me first to the book was its cover and the synopsis. Not having read any books by the author before, I really was interested in reading Til Death. From the synopsis, I knew that I had to read the book. Now being the first book of a new series, I knew that there wasn't going to be a lot of action, instead more event/character building. But what I didn't like so much was the pace of the story, it started off slow which made it difficult for me to get into. As the story progressed, the more events started happening and I couldn't stop reading the book. Til Death starts off by introducing Selena Fallon, a sixteen-year old high school student who has a special power of seeing the future (more like dreaming about the future.) She lives with her grandparents after her parents died and she has two best friends, Kyle and Penny. They are the only ones that know what she can do and she likes to keep that way. But that doesn't last long after a mysteriously hot new student, Dillan Sloan, enters her class and she starts feeling sparks whenever they accidentally touch (literally) and it is because of that, that they also start to feel some type of connection. Which at the beginning wasn't much, but that's what makes it harder for them to be away from each other. As the both interact, it's hard for them to keep their secrets a secret form one another. Despite hiding who he is, Dillan is forced to tell Selena about what he does and what he is part of. When a strange, yet deadly dream scares Selena, she is the one forced to find out who is targeting her and those that she loves. There were a lot of things that I liked about the story, one of them being the story line. I feel that it was well thought out, yet it started off really slow (which it eventually changed later on in the story). The characters were likable, some were better than others. I loved Kyle's personality. He is the perfect guy friend, and he genuinely cares for Selena. He is also the one character that made the most impact in the story. With twists and turns, he was the one that kept me reading, as well as the main characters. Dillan is funny and protective. I love how softy he can get, yet I would have liked to see more of his personality in the story. Selena's character is tough and courageous. She fights for what he believes in, which leads us to the end and what an ending that was! I wanted to keep reading, but there was a cliffhanger at the end. I really hope to read the second book of this new series, because it was just getting to the very good parts. Overall, the story was great. I recommend it to those that want to read something new, with twists and turns. It will leave you wanting for more. *ARC provided by the author, in exchange for an honest and fair review*
3-1/2 to 4 Stars: Right from the start we enter into the unique lives of Selena Fallon and Dillan Sloan. Told from their alternating perspectives - 1st person POV from Selena and 3rd person POV from Dillan - we get to discover along with them the deeper secrets of themselves and of Newcastle. This was one of those stories that grew on me the longer I read it. I could sense that the story would improve if I gave it more time. And it did! The Plot and Pacing: I enjoyed the complexity of the plot, watching both Selena and Dillan discover that not all is as it seems on their own. There's definitely a huge heap of mystery to sift through. Though a bit slow in the beginning, discovering what was really going on was well done, keeping my attention as the novel progressed. I found the second half of the book much better paced than the first half, and after that I had a difficult time putting it down. The action picked up in the second half, which also added to the excitement. Once the pieces of the mystery were put together, it really made sense. The Supernatural World: I liked the build-up of both the Illumenari world in general, and Newcastle and some of its residents in particular. I enjoy a well thought out world, and I appreciated the complex world Evangelista created, but also the simplicity in which she created the Illumenari hierarchy. Then throw some mythological creatures in there, and it all seems to blend together really well. I will say, however, that there are still many more questions about this world that haven't been answered yet, so I hope we get to know more in the next book. But I felt the amount of info I got here was sufficient to satisfy my immediate needs. The Characters: I found Dillan's character a bit better flesh-out that Selena's. She was likeable enough, and she grew on me, but I would have liked a bit more. Perhaps it's because I found the POV from her to be a mixed bag - juvenile and naïve on all things except when she's kissing a certain boy; then her descriptions become more mature than I think matched her character. Dillan, even though he could be a jerk sometimes, felt more clear cut, and I liked the writing of his perspective much more. But just like the story itself, these characters grew on me with time. Though a few of the secondary characters were a bit one-dimensional, most were great. Kyle was a nice addition to the story, as well as Sebastian, who added that special spark to any scene he was in. The Romance: Despite the "sparks," I was glad this wasn't a love-at-first-sight book. I'm not against those, but in paranormal books it can feel a bit cliché. The dynamic between Selena and Dillan was very interesting to watch - going from enemies for no apparent reason, to having to work together, to where they ended up. I give the author credit for what she did (or didn't do) with their relationship. I enjoyed watching the dynamic between them develop and progress. Cliffhanger? Yes, there is a bit of a cliffhanger, but it's a good one. I hate cliffhangers, but I liked how the author ended this, leaving me very interested in where things are going next, but not wanting to throw my kindle. Overall, Til Death is an entertaining and enjoyable read, delving into a world that I really enjoyed. Full of fascinating complexities, I found I liked it more and more as the story progressed, with the second half surpassing the first. The ending left me very curious where the story will go next. For the Young Adult reader, there is sporadic strong language throughout the novel, but no sexual content, just kissing.
I liked the love story in this book and the characters. I also loved the mythological creatures that were added to the story. I would recommend this book for people who love YA complete with love story, action, and mythological creatures. My dislikes for this book which explains the rating is that I felt there wasn't enough information about the Illumenari to the point where I have no clue what they are. I know they aren't human but are they angels,mythological beings or what? I also thought that the book was a bit slower than I would have liked it to be which left me wondering what was going on until about halfway through. I still liked the book though and I will read the next one!
Fractured Souls 1: Til Death Selena lives a relatively normal life - she lives in a small town with her grandparents, goes to high school, has two best friends, and an ex-boyfriend (who won't seem to go away). She also has a secret - when she dreams of the future, the dream comes true. Things get a little weirder when the nephew of the dreamy history teacher that every girl swoon's over comes to school. The electricity that literally flows between them and the fact that they irritate the heck out of each other isn't enough ... she also starts finding out that the people around her might not be telling her the truth. Usually, when I sit down to write these reviews, I already know what it is that I want to say about the book. This time I honestly don't even know where to begin. The cover is what originally drew my attention to this book. It was one of several offered for r2r in an email from Entangled Publishing and it hands down stood out from the rest. And I'm glad because the story fulfilled my expectations and then some. Great story, interesting plot - the lies AND twists were just amazing. At times I thought I knew what was going to happen next and then ended up completely blindsided by something else. The characters are great - I love their personalities and attitudes, the way they are written, the way they express themselves. And the ending was incredible. I can not wait for book number two to come out!! Very impressive beginning to a series. Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I knew Kate Evangelista wouldn't disappoint. Although I personally enjoyed Taste and Savor more, Til Death still had me intrigued and prevented me from putting it down. It's a book that's easy to read in one sitting, especially since it had me laughing every few pages or so. Selena Fallon has been having visions of the future for quite a while, so it's nothing new and doesn't spook her out anymore. If anything, she's learned to use it to her advantage and to help the few people who also know of her gift: her grandparents and her best friends. But just who wouldn't feel disturbed and unsettled when they see their own death? Perhaps what I found most interesting about this book when I first heard of it were the lives of the main characters: Selena, with her dreams, and Dillan, with the secret society that he's part of - think Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters minus the angels and runes. It's not hard to deduce that Selena, unbeknownst to them both, has something to do with Dillan's society, and this is where things get even more interesting. Selena and Dillan got off on the wrong foot. They both felt something like a zap when they first touched - they shook hands, if I remember correctly - and Dillan immediately suspected that the quiet town he'd been sent to had its own secrets. Determined to know just what's going on, he's rude and hostile to Selena, and because the girl isn't one to be pushed around (except when it came to her ex, ugh) verbal battles were in abundance. Their constant fighting actually irritated me at one point because by then it just seemed senseless and unreasonable, but I did enjoy watching them go from enemies to frienemies to friends who like making out with each other. Relationship status: it's complicated, indeed. I liked how they knew it wasn't smart to jump straight into a relationship because their lives were already crazy enough as it is. Til Death had its slow moments, no doubt, but the never-ending twists and suspense just kept me reading. I also loved the dual perspective because it fleshed the story out more. Kate has me worried for my sanity with her apparent love for cliffhangers lately, but the wait for the next book is one torture I certainly enjoy. MY FAVORITE PART was Dillan reading Frost to Constantinople. Swoon.
“Til Death” by Kate Evangelista was a very interesting book. Selena Fallon can see into the future in her dreams. As far as Selena knows she has kept her weird ability on the down low. Her best friends and grandparents know but that is all. Selena then has a terrible dream about her own very bloody death and everything becomes topsy turvy from there. Then Dillion Sloan comes into the picture. Selena has seen Sloan in a different dream of hers but couldn’t believe how much more attractive he was in person. When the two of them touch there is something electric. They touch and there is an electric shock every time. Immediately Dillion Sloan acts like he hates Selena and she doesn’t know why because as far as she knows she didn’t do anything to him. When Dillion and Selena are forced to work together on a school is when everything spins completely out of control. I thought Selena Fallon was a great female lead. I will admit that I was bothered about how much she was down on herself for not being attractive when obviously she was gorgeous. Selena seems to be a typical teenage girl. She is worried about her friends, family, and school. She doesn’t want to be referred to as the weird kid. She wants her secret to be safe. I was amazed about how brave Fallon is and how she was willing to gamble her own life for the people that she loves. When Fallon found out that she was in the dark about what was going on, I don’t blame her for being mad or being frustrated. I would be frustrated too if I were in her situation. For being sixteen I thought Selena handled herself quite well. Dillion Sloan came off as a bad boy and a jerk right away. I didn’t like him at all in the beginning. I was beginning to dread the book in the beginning because I made the assumption of; “Of course! Another bad boy.” I was wrong. I actually end of liking Dillion Sloan a lot. Sloan is very sarcastic, which is a quality I like and respect. When Sloan proves his loyalties and how much he actually liked Selena, I began to like him even more. I went from strongly disliking Sloan to actually enjoying reading about him. I may have a new book boyfriend crush. Kyle got on my nerves a lot. I can’t say that he isn’t a loyal friend, which made me respect him but his characteristics drove me insane. He seemed a little too controlling for my taste. He wanted to control what Selena was able to know. He would get upset when Dillion got too close to her. At first I thought that Kyle was going to turn into the jealous friend that wants to be more but as I became more involved in the story, I found out that wasn’t the case. I became more curious about what Kyle was really about if it wasn’t to be a love interest. “Til Death” gives the reader a little bit of paranormal existence. There are manticore, hellhounds, and ancient warriors, seers, and special powers. Evangelista gives her readers a little taste of everything. I think this book was decently written. I think there could have been some improvement but I didn’t have a ton of issues with this book. I think the plot was great. I felt involved and drawn into the book right away. I was definitely interested with what was going on. I thought the characters were great. The main ones I felt like I really got to know them. The minor characters I wish I got to know them a little better. The last note I would like to leave my readers with is how gorgeous this cover is! Look how beautiful! I love the dress!
Til Death is the first book in the new series, Fractured Souls, by Kate Evangelista. This was one of those books that you learn bits at a time, and they all piece together into a bigger picture. I don't think we've been given the total big picture yet. The world building is intriguing with new creatures and some you don't see much of in fiction. It's a much needed change. I love the Love/Hate thing between Dillon and Selena. It really kept my interest. The characters aren't all that they seem, and this plays a big part in the story. There are so many lies. So many! And even after everything is out in the open, and I thought everyone was going to finally be honest, Dillon tells Selena another lie. Why?? Because it's never easy for fictional characters and their readers. That's why. It made me so mad, but it also makes me super anxious for the truth behind the lie! As if I needed another reason to be anxious for the next book. The ARC of Til Death by Kate Evangelista was kindly provided to me by the publisher for review. The opinions are my own.
Selena believes she has a typical life. She has a couple of best friends who have her back and are always there for her. She goes to school and has loving Grandparents who are raising her. She has a possessive ex-boyfriend. She can foresee the future, but that is just a weird fluke. Her world is turned upside down when Dillan moves into town. He pulls her to him. His touch is electric and he is very good looking. Pretty soon she is part of a strange world that she knew nothing of before, but she has always been a part of. Til Death is an adventure. The book flows along at a quick pace and is great at keeping the readers attention. The plot line is typical, but it is still fun to read. The paranormal aspect is new. I have not come accross this particular breed before. Kate introduced them well, she gave information at the right time to understand the plot and story. The book has quite a bit of swearing. It made me flinch a little bit. I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
I was really excited when I received this book in my email *cough* last night. I hadn’t intended to stay up late to read it. Nope. I had many other things to do. Instead, I had to find out what happened. So I was up a bit late. That should tell you right there that I enjoyed the book. Selena and Dillan are interesting characters and I enjoyed reading about them. The world that Evangelista has created is smooth and believable, and you can tell she has her details worked out. The relationship between characters is good, and as someone who has lived in a small town for awhile, it was pretty accurate in its portrayal. Selena is a great character, and Penny and Kyle are great supporting acts. They’re likeable and they have their own personalities. I wish Selena’s abilities were a little more defined and “played up,” just because it sometimes seemed like it got lost. Then again, I wonder if that was done on purpose. I get the impression her abilities are something that will grow with her character in future books, and I’m interested to see where that leads. Dillan’s character, by the end, was one I liked. But I must admit that the cocky, abrasive personality has me struggling to like him in the beginning. When you finally figure out why he’s been sent to Wyoming, it makes a little more sense. I like that Dillan has an inner struggle going on and how that affects him and the way he deals with things. I just wish he’d stop being so prickly a little faster. I like that the characters have separate “issues” going on, outside of what is happening at the moment. The author has given all her characters a story, and it shows. Most of them have hints that they might intertwine and be important later, but it isn’t distracting or frustrating. The relationship between Selena and Dillan I enjoyed at the end, but it was another case where the characters are at each other’s throats, insulting each other and getting angry, and then they finally realize its because they like each other. It’s a personal preference, but I don’t enjoy that – if I get that angry at someone, the last thing I’m thinking about is dating them! In this case, they do eventually tone it down, and the relationship takes a more even and enjoyable tone. (again, this is a personal preference. I’m sure some people will love the interaction!) I also like that Selena doesn’t allow Dillan (or anyone else around her) to walk all over her. She might not fully understand what’s going on, but she’s not going to let them fight her battles for her. The ending is great, and while the villain is predicable and easily identified in both cases, I wasn’t bothered by it. I’m very interested to see where this goes, especially with Dillan’s… past issues coming back to haunt him there at the end. If you enjoy urban fantasy and paranormal, then you’ll enjoy this. Definitely pick it up and take a read! Book was provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This YA read grabbed me and never let go... This YA read grabbed me and never let go... but, oh my, what a cliffhanger ending! Selena Fallon is sixteen years old and has always had dreams that predict the future. She doesn't have control of those dreams... so she can't predict what numbers will win the lottery. Only her grandparents and her two best friends know that she has this ability. But when she dreams of her own bloody death, she doesn't tell anyone. Selena has dreamed about Dillan Sloan. So when he shows up as a new student at her school, she's not surprised. But he's even better looking in person than he was in her dreams. Dillon, though, has an attitude. He doesn't want to be living with his uncle, and he doesn't want to be at the school and he certainly doesn't want to have anything to do with Selena. I enjoyed this story and didn't want to put it down. I wanted to shake Selena a few times as after she dreamed her death, she kept doing stupid things putting herself in harm's way -, but, LOL, isn't that what all teenagers do? I HATE cliffhangers and this one has a doozy. However, I will definitely pick up the next book as I really want to find out what happens next! 3.5 Stars!!!!!
3.5/5 stars I've heard nothing but great things about Kate Evangelista's paranormal books, so when I saw the review opportunity arise for this one, I thought I'd give it a go! I did enjoy this one, though it is a bit of a slower read. Being the first book in the series, Evangelista does a lot of world building and explaining the idea of the Illumenari, which was critical to the development of the series. By the end I was completely engrossed and anxious to find out what will happen next! It is definitely a bit of a cliffhanger, so beware! I was left wanting more, which is always a plus! I did have a few issues with the characters in the novel, primarily Dillan. He is angry and bitter over being demoted and having to go live with his uncle and do mundane things such as attending school. However, when he first interacts with Selena, there is definitely something unexplainable (and electric!) between the two. I didn't really understand why Dillan disliked Selena so much in the beginning though and that bothered me a bit. I'm all for animosity between the main characters because it makes their relationship more intense, but I just didn't see the reasoning behind it here. However, Dillan can't seem to shake the draw to Selena, and after being forced to work on a group project, he realizes she's more than meets the eye- he just can't figure out how exactly. I did end up liking Dillan as the book progressed. He is haunted by his past and I was very intrigued by how that would all play out. The ending was insane and it really makes you wonder about Rainer Sloan, his uncle, and where his allegiances truly lie. I liked Selena's character overall. She's always been different, having visions of the future. Only a select few know she has them, including her best friends Penny and Kyle. Selena is definitely tough and I liked at the first sign of danger she doesn't wimp out. She takes up for herself and refuses to be left behind for her own safety. Too much has been kept from her regarding who she is and what she can do and she is insistent that she be told the truth instead of walking around blind. She doesn't understand why Dillan has so much animosity towards her, but she can't deny the electric charge she feels when she accidentally touches him. Even though I liked Dillan more towards the end, I did have a hard time connecting with them and their relationship. Kyle was a great character and I loved the twist Evangelista added for him. I never expected his storyline to go where it did and I have to say it worked. All I will say is that the Kyle you think you know- ends up having a more serious side! I did find myself enjoying this one, despite the slower pace and a few character issues. I think Evangelista did a good job of introducing us to the world she has created as well as providing us a good foundation that she will expand upon in the upcoming books. I am looking forward to seeing how Dillan and Selena will deal with that ending!