Willow has always been able to sense people’s emotions. She also sees images of people who are in distress, and helps them get past the emotion they are currently feeling. She also dreams every night: sometimes they are nightmares about a dark boy, and sometimes they are pure love filled fantasies with her soul mate. After she is marked on the wrist during a nightmare her family reveals a huge secret to her. Now she must master her powers in order to save everyone she holds dear.
While the idea of the story is unique, I had a hard time connecting. The fact that her family secret was kept from her for 18 years, I didn’t believe it would be possible. The secret is too far out there.
Willow’s responses to everything left me unconvinced. I have a hard time believing she would not resist and question all the revelations more. She seemed to only require a few minutes before accepting and moving on. This may make sense near the end of the story when surprises are expected, but the first few times? It doesn’t seem likely.
One thing that really stuck out to me was how clean the romance portion is. There is some kissing, but there doesn’t seem to be any alluding to or mention of sex. Not even when the couple lives together. This is especially surprising since a large portion of the story relates to love, romance and relationships. This is definitely a romance story most people will feel comfortable letting younger teens read.
Overall, I found this to be a unique storyline, but it was lacking in realism within the characters. As a fantasy story, I expected some situations to require suspension of belief, but the characters still need to feel real, with believable responses and emotions.