Published by Jolly Fish Press on Apr 22, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: eBook from Publisher
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After succumbing to the sudden and terrifying urge to rip people’s eyes out of their sockets, 16-year-old Lysandra Blake finds herself tied down in a psych ward, convinced she’s crazy. The doctors have no answers, and Lys is ready to give up when the mysterious Jeremiah Mason appears, telling Lys that she’s not insane—she’s addicted to a rare and deadly drug that she has no recollection of using. Mr. Mason offers to take her to his facility where he can treat her. Desperate yet suspicious, Lys agrees to go with Mr. Mason to his facility where she meets with a fellow addict, the tall and handsome Kamau. Together they discover that Mr. Mason may not have told them the truth about their condition—they’re thrown headfirst into a world of daunting powers that are not only unbelievable, they are dangerous.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is a unique and exciting story featuring magical abilities that focus on the five senses, and a set of characters who are constantly on the run trying to escape ever changing bad guys.
The magic system is well explained and very well thought out. There is a complete history and explanation for the existence of the abilities, how they work, and why they aren’t more common. This is conveyed quite clearly, and I was able to fully buy into it with a reasonable suspension of belief. There wasn’t a massive info-dump, the information was pieced out in several educational sessions that Lys enountered.
There was an unpredictably to the story that I liked. By that, I mean it was unclear which side was the bad side, and which was the good side. Was Mason and his group good and the government team bad, or was it the other way round? It seemed to keep changing based on new developments, which leant an anxious tone to the story as Lys was never quite sure who to trust.
This isn’t listed as the first in a series, but I get the impression that it could be. The story is complete by itself, but there are openings and threads that could be used for further books. The intricacies of the magic definitely lend a series feel to the book and I would love for this to continue into more books.