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Blurb (from Goodreads):
#1 Hot New Release in Multicultural Folk Tales#2 Hot New Release in Folk Tales & Myth Collections
Top 10 Amazon Bestseller in Teen & Young Adult Country & Ethnic Fairy Tales & Folklore
A girl, a prophecy, and two warring gods equals destiny!
Hope Fairmont longs for a normal teenage life, but with a gift like hers, normal equals healing illnesses and injuries instantly. Keeping a secret like that isn’t easy, but a small town is the perfect place for her to heal those who can’t heal themselves, and an even better place for her father, James Fairmont, to hide his daughter from the rest of the world.
Life takes an unexpected turn when two handsome strangers move into town and begin unearthing other secrets concerning Hope's future and past, revealing to Hope that her gift for healing may be the fulfillment of an ancient, Japanese prophecy gone wrong.
Staying away from these mysterious newcomers would be the smart thing to do, but Victor's gentle, easy manner, and Tie's mixed signals and strange mood swings draw her hopelessly closer to revealing the secret she and her father have been so desperate to hide.
Hope's life is complicated further with visions of a previous life and the arrival of a supernatural demon sent to assassinate her before she learns what she is truly capable of.
With the support of her father, the fiery loyalty of her best friend Angie, and the child-like love of Kirby, a ten-year-old patient, Hope must fight against the forces of a relentless demon god while unwinding the tangled pieces of her past, proving to herself and those she loves that destiny isn’t determined by some cosmic reading of the stars, but by the individual choices one makes.
My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars
“I should have seen what was coming, but his kiss took me by surprise. He wasn’t timid at all, and there was nothing soft about the way he caught my lips with his own. He kissed me as if he’d been waiting hundreds of years to do so, crushing me to him, no longer polite and reserved as he had been earlier.”
This was a YA paranormal romance story, with a bit of mythology.
Hope was an okay character, and she certainly went out of her way to help others, even when it put her own life in danger. She was also very good at lying about her healing abilities when she needed to.
The storyline in this was about Hope having magical healing abilities, and about two new students at her school who somehow knew all about her. It’s hard to say more without dropping spoilers, but Hope found out a lot more about her abilities, we got some mythology, and a love triangle. I did find the pace quite slow in this book though, and it was a little too information-heavy in places for me.
The ending to this was good, and I am curious to see where the second book goes.
6.5 out of 10