Author: Eden Rowan
Genre: New Adult; Paranormal; Psychological Suspense/Thriller
Length: 61 Pages
Release: June 2015
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
I am always wary of New Adult books. Most of the ones I've tried tend to be less about a story and more about some addictive love. I have experience with this writer, however, and this story sounded quite fascinating. And it was.
The subject matter is definitely rather dark, but it's not dealt with in an overly dark way. The main character, Mercy, was date raped several months previous to the beginning of the story and the after effects have been difficult to deal with.
The characters in this story were well written and believable. I felt like they could easily be real people. Mercy and her struggles with what happened to her and learning to trust again (particularly men) is completely genuine. I've never had an experience anything like this, but the feelings seem completely rational. There were some things that frustrated me about how she handled the situation, but I'm sure many people would react in just the same manner she did.
There is a touch of romance (no, it doesn't go overboard) between Mercy and a new guy Camden who has some special abilities. There scenes are sweet without being too cheesy or undermining the rest of the story. Camden also starts teaching Mercy how to fight for self defense, which was a nice touch. She's trying to get stronger which is always a good thing.
The ending was definitely open since this is the first of a six part series, but it was satisfactory as well. I didn't find myself annoyed that it ended where it did (which sometimes happens when I read cliffhangers). I am definitely looking forward to the next installment. Highly recommend this one.