Author: Jason T. Graves
Source: Contest Win
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: December 12, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn
Gretchen Thyrd stands on the threshold: of adulthood, of independence, of love, of madness…
Gretchen is definitely not an average teenage girl. A free-spirited orphan with two foster moms, she spends many of her days rescuing and nurturing injured birds and animals, including some that are a bit otherworldly. Her pleasant life is turned upside down when a friendly 'tree spirit' faces a life-threatening crisis--a crisis that requires a potentially sacrificial commitment from Gretchen. Soon afterwards, she is visited by a mysterious and seriously ugly childman and three bone-white and beautiful vampire wannabes decked out in black leather and deadly attitude.
Whom should she trust? As the net of their conflicting interests constricts around her, she is unexpectedly plucked from their grasp by a man whose intentions may be the darkest of them all. In the end, she finds herself running from everything she has ever known, into an uncertain future, bearing the fate of her beloved 'tree spirit,' as well as her own survival, by the thinnest of threads.
This book had quite a few really great elements. Gretchen was an amazin character. Her special connection with the world around her misunderstood and putting her in danger. She carries something priceless inside that many would kill to get their hands on. The paranormal world was incredibly detailed and their history was rich and exciting. Gretchen finds herself suddenly emerged in their world and she doesn't know what to do.
I had a hard time putting this down once I got into it. At first the author's lyrical way of writing was a little hard to read. Once you get used to it though, it's very fitting for the story and really adds to its telling. Towards the end it began to drag out a little bit as the build up for the ending seemed to go on a little too long in the tunnels. The end itself was incredibly satisfying and disappointing at the same time. It just seemed to stop abruptly without a really good sense of conclusion. I was left with the feeling of an incomplete series.