Author: Erin Kellison
Series: 1st in Shadow series
Published: July 2010 by Dorchester
Source: free kindle ebook
Description: Death - Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence. Wraiths - Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss. Segue - Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow. Twilight - This is the place between life and what comes after - a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.
I Give This ...
This was already on my to-read list when I saw it come up on the free kindle ebook list so I snatched it up! I think it's a promising start to the series, I just found myself a little bored by it.
The idea behind it all is very interesting. I liked Talia's connection with death. I also enjoyed all the abilities when learn she has. Some of them are even a surprise to her. I had a hard time getting a feel for her character. I think we're suppose to think she's some bad ass heroine that can escape the wraiths who are hunting her. But, she comes across as helpless and needy at first. And then we're suppose to believe the sudden transformation when she realizes who she is and what she's capable of doing. But, I still liked her.
I liked Adam quite a bit. He comes across as a nice guy, but has a lot of buried rage. His history is interesting and I enjoyed his interactions with his brother. I wasn't sure who or what his brother was at first. I liked how the author slowly uncovered the full implications of what he had done to become the way he is. I also enjoyed the sexual tension that Adam and Talia have.
I think my dissatisfaction comes from to many locations changes and a little bit of confusion. A lot goes on in this story and it's really hard to keep up. I've found that to by true in a lot of first books in a supernatural series. The author has so many to build up in the first book that sometimes the actual story gets a little loss. But, I will continue on with the next one (I already have it on my kindle waiting to read).