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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Mariella hasn't said a word in four years, and it's not because she can't: it's because she won't. She has nothing to say because no one would believe there's a world she can only visit in her dreams. And no one would understand why Mariella promised her silence to Orane, the man who introduced her to this world. Hudson is only eighteen, but he's survived a lot--including a run-in with creatures he calls the "dream demons", creatures he blames for the recent death of his four-year-old brother. Struggling to cope in the aftermath of this loss--and guided by signs even the practical Hudson can't ignore--he moves to a new town and comes face-to-face with the one thing he never thought he'd see: another victim of the demons. Mariella and Hudson have both been chosen by demons from a world that exists within ours, a world where beauty and magic mask cruelty and greed. Hudson has seen the gruesome reality of these beings, but Mariella is still in their thrall. She's in love with her captor, Orane, and is convinced she doesn't need saving. It's up to Hudson to show her the truth about the demons before she's lost in their world forever.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
This was a good YA paranormal story, and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to!
Mariella was such a stubborn girl in this story. To go 4 years without speaking must take some serious willpower, yet she did it, and did it well! Hudson really needed some of that same stubbornness to try to save Mariella, so it was good that he also didn’t give up easily.
The storyline in this was about Mariella wanting to stay with her demon in ‘paradise’ forever, whilst Hudson and her friend K.T. tried to break the hold that the demon had over her. I found the first half of this book to be pretty un-put-down-able, and although the second half wasn’t quite as good, it was still enjoyable.
There was a little bit of romance in this, but it was mainly Mariella having feelings for her demon rather than anything else.
We did get a happy ending to this story, although we also got a slight cliff-hanger for the next book in the series.
7 out of 10