Sunday, March 2, 2014

Review: Til Death by Kate Evangelista

Title: Til Death (Fractured Souls #1)
Author: Kate Evangelista
Source: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.

Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?

When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.

This was a fantastic story.  It contained a mix of some of my favorite paranormal lore (including a psychic hellhoud) along with some typical every day teenage problems.  Selena is mostly normal - she just sees the future in her dreams sometimes.  What she doesn't realize is that she isn't the only one that isn't what most would call "normal".  The new kid, Dillon, is one of theses not-so-normal types and for some reason he can't seem to keep his mind of Selena.  

Their relationship is one of the most well written high school attraction stories I've read in awhile.  And while it was a little of 'I like you but I won't admit it,' they both at least admitted it to themselves.  Things really get interesting when they run into a pack of undead - and this is when the lines between Selena's mostly normal life begin to cross over into the truly paranormal.

There is a surprising amount of action (not in a bad way) spread throughout the story with an amazing scene near the end to wrap up a lot of the issues from this book.  Although a word of warning - there isn't a definite end.  In fact, Selena's frustration at all the questions left unanswered mirrored my own.  But it was frustrating in a good way because I know I'll have to wait for book two now - which is most definitely on my must buy immediately list.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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