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Source: Gifted from Heidi - thank you so much! <3
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone... because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away... especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.
I remember first finding out that Meg Cabot was publishing this book. As a huge Cabot fan, I had grown up reading her contemporaries and the idea of something a little darker and a little more mysterious was fascinating. So, rewind over a year later and here I am! Still as captivated by this idea as I was when I first heard of it.
I've read that a lot of other reviewers were confused by the constant flashbacks and switching between time frames and I totally get that. I think a large part of the reason it wasn't an issue for me was because I read it all in one sitting so everything was very fresh in my mind. I actually came to like the choppier style of writing. I think it makes for a nice change of pace from the usual! And, of course, it also does wonders for the mysterious atmosphere of the novel. There's a reason I read this all in one go!
Another reason is just Meg Cabot. Every single time I read one of her books, I am so utterly engrossed that I can't let go of it until it's over. Her writing style is very easy to read with narration that feels familiar and comfortable right from the beginning.
Pierce isn't my favourite of Meg Cabot's heroines but I liked her. She's not traditionally 'smart' but she genuinely cares and wants to help, which is a big checkmark for her in my book! I wish that John had been more present in the novel as I feel we only really see glimpses but I was still intrigued by his character despite not falling head over heels for him. I have a feeling this is only the beginning where Pierce and John are involved and hopefully we'll witness some growth from the pair as the series moves on!
Fun and easy to read with a darker promise lining its pages.
Cover Comments: I love it. The earthy tones, the unconscious girl, the gold detailing... It just screams 'Greek myth' to me! :)