*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a completely honest review*
Having provided a review for this author in the past, I was somewhat familiar with her style of writing so I knew what I was getting into when I agreed to provide a review for this novel. Let me start by saying, I did enjoy this book to a degree but I found there were several pitfalls that took some points away from my overall rating.
The first thing I have to say about this story is that there is an awful lot going on. Overall, it’s a great idea but with less-than-great execution.
The plot of the story is a mystery combined with paranormal/supernatural abilities. The main character is a 22-year-old woman named Lily who decides to take the extra step in finding her missing brother by going after the suspects all on her own. The only problem here is that the suspects are a group of criminals whose real-names are unknown—it also doesn’t help that they’ve got supernatural abilities. That means Lily will have to pull out all her cards to outsmart a group of super-criminals who’ve even got the FBI scared.
When I read the description for this story I thought it was interesting enough but unfortunately it simply didn’t come together well. There were half a dozen characters introduced in the first two pages alone and nothing more detailed about them beyond their odd nicknames. I had no clue what on earth was happening or who on earth I was reading about. The sad part is that much of the story is written in that fashion—way too many characters, not enough distinction between them, very little detail on each person (despite it being a mystery novel) and the narration often switched from person to person sometimes in the same paragraph. It was confusing and distracting when dealing with such a big cast.
Despite all the negatives I just listed, I do think this book has potential to attract a fair audience. The combination of the mystery with supernatural powers and Lily’s struggle as the main character was entertaining and I thought the mystery behind it all came together well. Even though the cast was a little too large for my taste, I did enjoy the characters and I found their abilities to be unique and challenging for Lily and her team to take on.
There were a few hiccups, but remember this is just my opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised if this book made it onto the shelves of many YA or paranormal readers. It has a very unique and intriguing concept and I think many others will find enjoyment in it. I would recommend this book to YA readers and anyone with an interest in mystery, paranormal, or supernatural books.