My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The author provided me with a copy of this book to review.
This book starts off with a bang. Maryah’s family are brutally murdered and she is nearly killed as well. Such a dramatic opening scene certainly clenched my attention and I was ready to gobble up everything else the book had to offer. After recovering from her injuries Maryah moves in with her godmothers family and struggles to find her place among them and among the rest of the general populace. To make matters worse she keeps having these vivid dreams involving a man she believes is the angel of death as well as seeing other events that make little sense to her but leave her freaked out by them for the most part. At this point I easily gave the book a five star rating.
But then something happened.
I don’t know if it was a lull in the story or just a slow part but I kind of lost interest mid way through the book. Perhaps I got tired of Maryah bouncing around thinking everyone hated her, or how her life was terrible and that she wanted to die. Though I think I simply grew a little tired of her having these dreams about the “angel of death” and other events but constantly refused to tell anyone about them fearing they would think she was crazy and ship her off to the looney bin. Not to mention that it seemed she was constantly telling everyone that she was fine when she clearly was not, but no one could break through that shell of hers. This was when my rating dropped to a two, perhaps a three.
However remembering how amazing the beginning of the book was I soldiered on knowing that things had to pick up soon and that this slow part would be worth it.
And let me tell you that is exactly what happened. When the pace of the book picked up once more I was thrilled, more than thrilled as the events began to fall into place, things I had wondered about happened and some very pleasant surprises surfaced along the way as well. Suddenly I felt the book once again deserved the five star rating it had started with. Those things that happened during the slow period had great impact on the ending. I won’t go into details about the events that turned my impression of the book back to a positive as I really dislike giving out spoilers, but let me tell you they were great.
As the end of the book came flying up I was disappointed for a single reason. I knew it would end in a cliffhanger, which it did, and that the next book wouldn’t be out for some time. The final chapters came to rise to a great ending, though as the book said, it is not the end as there is much more of the story to be told. When I finished I was left was a great feeling, the book had been a great experience even with that slow portion and I will definitely be on the lookout for when the next book of the series comes out sometime next year.
On an extra side note, I would love to say that I absolutely love the cover on this book.