Publication Date: January 12th, 2012
Crescent Moon Press
Format: Paperback, 259 pages
RATING: 2 out of 5 Stars
After a horrific fire claims the life of her mother, seventeen year old Rowan Bliss finds herself in the miniscule town of Ipswich, Massachusetts. It’s here that she meets Alex, a deliciously mysterious boy who holds the key to unlocking her family’s dark secret.
As Rowan falls helplessly over the edge for Alex, the secrets that he insists on keeping refuse to be contained, and the truth that she uncovers challenges everything she has ever believed. Alex is a witch. And now he’s awakened something within her she never even knew existed. But out of all of this, the one thing Rowan won’t accept is the fact that Alex is destined to die.
Now Rowan must unearth the buried power she harbors within to escape a deadly prophecy, defy the very laws of time, and prevent the hands of fate from taking yet another person she loves.
To be honest, I almost wrote this book off as DNF. And it's not because it was written so horridly. Despite the minor editing issues, Tara Fuller wrote a story that appeals to an audience whose got some mad love for YA paranormal romance - regardless of its tiresome story arcs. I believe the reviews on Goodreads reflect that.
I'm just over the whole tortured hero scene. Alex could give that boy I'd rather not mention a run for his money. He suffered from wanting to stay away from the literal girl of his dreams but was unable to do so. The push and pull that Alex showed added to the monotony of this novel. It wasn't only that. I got tired of hearing all his cryptic sentiments - all the times he was on the verge of owning up to his secrets but had decided against it. I could go on about all the times this book resonated that book I'd rather not mention, but I'd rather you read this and judge for yourself.
There are a number of incidents where readers could perceive Rowan as a weak character - least of all, the number of times she fainted in the novel or she cried. And I really get it you know. I get that her mother perished in a house fire where she may have been inadvertently at fault; I get the feeling of frustration when you want to know all the things about a boy you're attracted to but you can't because he's very adept at being evasive. I get how painful it is to know your father couldn't stand to be in the same State, let alone same house as you. It hasn't been easy for Rowan since her mother died especially since she may or may not be at fault. But I just couldn't find it in me to sympathize.
I wish this book spent more time with the element of witchcraft. Unfortunately, much of this novel was about the romance. I think my reaction would be different if there was a balance.
VERDICT: Absence of parental units. The token best friend who appointed herself as the person in charge of making sure Rowan has a social life. The boy who sneaks in her room after the grandparents are asleep. A heroine oblivious of her charms and beauty. Gratuitous torturous inner monologues (from Rowan and Alex). There are just some of the reasons why I couldn't find anything special about this book. We've been through this before - many times over, in fact. Like I said, there is a huge audience who would fall head over feet for this book. Just not me.