(This review may contain spoilers. There’s also potentially triggering material mentioned).
I was immediately intrigued by the blurb of this book. I like paranormal-themed books and this one sounded interesting enough to be a bit different. And as I read it, I felt it did meet my expectations really well.
The very first scene of this book did a really good job of setting the tone for the rest of the book, I felt. It was really creepy, but I felt that there was just enough left to readers’ imaginations.
I found that I actually really liked all five of the main characters in this book. I had a lot of sympathy for Miranda, seeing how badly she was affected by what was happening to her. Even though there was an explanation for what was going on, I could imagine it was still an awful experience to be bleeding from her hands. And I had a lot of sympathy for how Miranda kept trying to hide what she thought was wrong with her.
I did think there was a bit too much switching between the different points of view… and I was a bit disappointed that the book slipped into present tense a couple of times, which made those scenes a bit difficult to read… even though I did think that what they revealed was intriguing and added a bit more depth to the story.
I also thought it was interesting to see the different abilities the other characters had. I thought it was really good how Jake’s ability worked… it was a unique take on the whole seer thing. And although Xayan’s ability could have been an amusing one, I was able to understand why it was so hard for her.
I also really liked Sam and Topher. It was intriguing to see how their abilities worked and there were some lines from Sam that really amused me.
There was a lot of tension in this book and I found it really easy to care about the characters. There is a lot about suicide in the book and quite a bit that could be triggering to more sensitive readers.
I would read a sequel to this book. I’d like to see more of the world and the characters, especially since it’s implied that things aren’t over.