Author: Josephine Angelini
Publication: August 28th 2014 by Macmillan Children's Books
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Source: provided by the kind publisher...
-- My Rating --
5/5 Oscars: Loved it
-- My Thoughts --
Lily Proctor's life has never been easy. With her many allergies and her sensitive skin, she is prone to a life that no teenage girl should endure. But all that changes when she is pulled into a different life. When everything she has is counted as a strength, not a weakness. When trust is the most valuable weapon. And when she finds out who she truly is; a powerful crucible.
I haven't read a lot of witch-related books, like, never. I was just not a fan. But all that changed when I read this. I expected just a typical paranormal romance, as it's always expected. But Josephine Angelini passed all my expectations. She created a whole new world inside ours. It was so captivating and unique.
Her descriptions are wonderful. Detailed and never boring. I could vividly picture the world she created under my eyelids. Then, there's the plot. The plot is complex and multi-layered. This is the second book I read about parallel universes and the subject is still my favorite. It has so much potential. There are so many different aspects to consider. but what I really liked the best about this is that it didn't concentrate on the scientific part that much, it gave room for the plot to develop. Not just be weighed down with issues and scientific authenticity. The whole witch aspect is so well thought-out and original.
Then, there are the characters. Lily is such an awesome character. She's so kind and insecure and beautifully human. But of course, my favorite character was Rowan. He is such a complex three-dimensional piece of perfection. I absolutely adored every single scene that he was in. There is also Tristan, who has a role in both books. And Lillian, our evil doppelganger; she is the villain of this story, but her own story is really intriguing in itself. You never know her motives, you don't why she is doing this or how does this benefit her in anyway? I was intrigued by her and cannot wait to know more.
The romance is sizzling hot. I didn't want to pass any second of the hot chemistry between Rowan and Lily. and thankfully, there is not love triangle. I was so happy about that. The ending took me by surprise, it ended really abruptly. Overall, this might be one of my favorite books in 2014. It has the right touch of lore, complexity,and romance. I cannot wait for book two!