by Rebecca Croteau
Initially, I was moved by the writing style and dreamy setting that filled the first few chapters of this book. But when things took an unexpected turn, I was left scratching my head. I could see where the author was going, and it was a commendable effort. But the result was a story that veered away from what could have been an exceptionally magical tale. I was kept waiting for answers that never came, or came too late. And it was hard to stay invested. Still, the story had merit. The concept was original, and I'm intrigued enough to want to know what direction the author will take us in future installments.
Having experienced a series of tragedies, Cait is troubled by unexplained events that are plaguing her life. Still mourning the loss of her father and sister, and dealing with a mother who overindulges in alcohol, she is unsure about what is really going on inside her head. She escapes into a world of risk-taking, with little regard as to the outcome of her behavior.
"When you've brushed up against the dark side of the mirror --" "You see things more clearly."
Cait wakes up in a hospital bed, and is even more confused about what's going on in her life. Bazaar flashbacks of a brutal attack, and a handsome young man who sweeps her off her feet, fill her thoughts and dreams, as she regains consciousness. Then, the handsome man is in her room, telling her to keep secrets. It's the start of a romantic union that takes Cait down an even darker path, and into a surreal and frightening world. The handsome stranger, Wes, is protective of Cait. But soon she discovers his ulterior motives... and his true, deadly nature.
"You don't know what I am," he murmured into my skin. "You don't know what you're choosing."
I am still confused about certain elements of the story. Further, I am confused about what the unrelenting attraction was to Wes. When the supernatural world was explained I craved more of that world. Instead, the story focused too much on Cait's family history of abuse, which was important to the story, but started to feel repetitive.
Loose ends were tied up, but the pacing felt off. Overall, with a strong start, and the high quality writing, I had hoped for a stronger finish. More attention to character development and pacing would have made the story more compelling.
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Reviewed by Stephanie