Series: 1st in planned series
Author: Brenda Pandos
Published: March, 2010 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Source: ARC from Around The World Tours
Description: To be normal, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would shed her empathic gift in a second. Life has been difficult since her mother's mysterious disappearance ten years earlier - an event she witnessed, but can't remember. Julia's situation becomes more complicated after a near death experience from a blood thirsty stalker. As high school students go missing it is clear there is a connection to her own experience--past and present. Someone has to stop the madness and a chance encounter with a creepy psychic foretells that only Julia is the key to stopping the madness, but it may require the life of the one she loves.
I Give This ...
I think I might not have been in the right mood for this one. I loved the main character Julia. But, the rest of the characters felt a little flat to me. I thought it was an interesting twist that Julia could feel emotions. It's not an ability you see too often, and it made for some interesting situations. I did really enjoy the relationship that Julia and Nicholas develop. I thought it was sweet some of the things he did for her. I also liked the character that Nicholas plays (I don't want to give it away), but wish we would have gotten to know him better. The story did provide a fresh take on vampire lore, but it wasn't enough. I didn't feel like the story built up in intensity fast enough. It was good, but not great. I would continue the series though, it's piqued my interest just enough!