(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I did find the front cover and the blurb of this book to be really intriguing. Although I didn’t quite understand how the two different worlds fit together (or where and when the human part was set), I found this book really easy to read. Ideally, I’d give this book 3.5 stars.
I did think that the romance Amaya formed originally wasn’t shown as much as it could have been. There was too much jumping around in time and I suddenly found myself confused when there was suddenly a month (or six) that had gone by without any alluding to the time frame other than the other characters talking about it.
I liked Rin better as a character. He was interesting and it was good to see him interact with the other characters and especially Sean. I was a bit hesitant about Riza – I didn’t really see her outside of when she showed up to spend time with Amaya or Rin and she didn’t seem to have much of a life outside of them.
I felt that the first half of this book seemed more real than the second half. It was interesting to see how the society worked and the different powers and abilities the characters had.
I did really like Kostya as a character and I would have liked to see more of him through the book. Yukio had a lot of potential to be a interesting character, but I felt that his motivations weren’t explored in the way they could have been. And the love triangle, while expected, made me roll my eyes.
I would have liked to see more of the history of Amaya’s people and the Disciples themselves. It would have been good to see more of the other characters and their skills, too, since I was unclear exactly who had particular abilities and who didn’t.
Amaya was, in my opinion, one of the really good characters in this book, mainly because it was her head I was in so much. I’m not sure if I’d read a sequel to this book or not. It was an intriguing idea and although I found it quick and easy to read, I would have liked to see more of the world and the character motivations.