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Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she’s seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.
As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.
And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.
I was captivated by the entire story line. Sure the first two chapters took me a while to get into but after that I couldn’t put it down. I’d say the supernatural elements grabbed my attention along with the main characters: Hayden and Theia who has the most concentration on in the story. If you like supernatural and romance, then this book is for you. Of course there are other characters in the book such as Varnie, Amelia, Gabe, and Donny along with Theia’s dad and Hayden’s mother.
Theia to me has a softness to her overall until Hayden comes into the picture where she learns to grow to be strong. Attraction is instant between the two! They meet together through dreams but also in a place called Under. Hayden has a hot and cold nature towards Theia which makes him more attractive to Theia, I think. Theia tries to figure Hayden out regarding to his actions and manners.
Other characters in this book are Amelia, Donny, Gabe, Varnie, Theia’s dad and Hayden’s mother. Amelia and Donny are Theia’s friends who are both great characters as well. Amelia is a gal who is into tarot reading and has a sweet personality as Donny is more brazen and realistic on things. I’m not sure where Gabe falls in but he seems to be a popular kid in the school who likes Donny. Varnie is another character who is a psychic and I think likes Amelia for some reason.
The book is just filled with twists and turns and I cannot wait to read the next book to see what happens next! There was a line in the book that made a reference to Twilight which made me laugh.
Publisher: Penguin Group USA Incor
Author: Gwen Hayes
Cover Rating: A
Story Rating: A
Gwen Hayes website: http://www.gwenhayes.com/
Picture the Dead
Author: Adele Griffin & Lisa Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc.
A ghost will find his way home.
Jennie Lovell’s life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fiancé falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past.
When Jennie forms an unlikely alliance with a spirit photographer, she begins to uncover secrets about the man she thought she loved. With her sanity on edge and her life in the balance, can Jennie expose the chilling truth before someone-or something-stops her?
Against the brutal, vivid backdrop of the American Civil War, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown have created a spellbinding mystery where the living cannot always be trusted and death is not always the end.
I was expecting the story to be more ghost related as it turned to be more of a mystery to me. Jennie the main character in this book unravels the pieces bit by bit to find out what the truth is on what had happened to her beloved Will. Quinn, Will’s brother seems to harbor a secret on what had happened to Will. Once Jennie found out the truth, it wasn’t what I expected. It left me in in the middle of good and bad. It seemed short towards the end as I was hoping more action going on.
The book did cover a variety of topics such as of Civil War, social aspect of how men and women were, spiritualism, and photography. I could feel the plight of sadness and curiosity in the book on the various matters and when Jennie unravels the mystery, but somehow it was still missing something.
The illustrations in the book were a nice touch which honestly caught my attention when I purchased this book. Each illustration is mostly from Jennie’s scrapbook that is mentioned in the story.
Perhaps others would like this book better that I did..everyone has an opinion.
Cover Rating: B
Story Rating: C