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Book Description

Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. 

Brielle went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and an incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than either Brielle or Jake has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices begin.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

My Review

This was an ok debut novel.

I don’t mind a first person perspective, nor do I mind a multiple-character first person perspective. What I strongly dislike, though, is first person present tense. In this book, not only were we changing characters, but we were changing tenses, too, and this for me, really didn’t settle well.

I think the story line is good (although I would have written it a different way so it would make more sense), but the tense thing was really quite distracting. I couldn’t lose myself in the storyline because I kept having to make that shift. Ideally, it would have been written first person past tense, and that would have made this title considerably more enjoyable to read.

That being said, because it was the debut title, I will get the sequel if it’s not too spendy, which comes out February, 2013. I’m hoping by that point, the author has chosen a tense that is more consistent and believable. In addition, there was some formatting wonkiness in my e-copy.

I’d like to give this a higher rating, but I’m going to have to settle on 3.5. There was just so much MORE the author could have done to make the backstory and the climax situation more believable, but the groundwork just wasn’t there. I didn’t consider this particularly heavy reading, as I know some other reviewers have. Overall, a decent read.

This title will released to the public May 29, 2012.

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