Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Book Length (Est.): 338 Pages
Being a teenager is tough, especially when you have to pretend to be something you’re not, and you’re in love with someone you shouldn’t. 115 years ago, a small planet called Arcadia was invaded by a vicious alien race and nearly destroyed. Cut off from their resources, the Arcadians turned to Earth for help. A group of Arcadian explorers discovered a Prophecy that claimed their salvation lay in the hands of two children from Earth. To ensure their safety, the Arcadian Council sent their most gifted youngsters to Earth to act as protectors. Samantha is one of them.
To succeed in her mission she must learn to control her Arcadian powers and keep her true identity from her best friend, and the girl she swore to protect, Alexia. But Samantha will soon realize that nothing is as it seems. Someone is trying to prevent the Prophecy from taking place and the prophecy boy hasn’t been found yet. There is also a new drug circulating at school that is turning students into freakishly strong menaces.
To make matters worse, distractions keep getting in her way. Such as her love/hate relationship with her “cousin” Matthew. Or her confused feelings toward popular and mysterious Julian. She wants nothing more than to be free to live her life. But the survival of Arcadia depends on her and her friends. Free will is not an option.
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
This book is told from three different points of view. Alexis, who thinks she comes from a large family with lots of cousins and like always is spending the summer with them, but who is actually the Promised One. Then there is Samantha and her “cousin” Matthew, Arcadians with Zenith Powers who are supposed to help protect Alexis.
Alexis is sweet and lovable. I loved how she fell for Ethan and never once looked down on him because of his disability. And though he does keep her a little preoccupied, when he’s not around she starts to notice little things about her cousins that don’t seem normal. Her curiosity does get the best of her and she starts nosing around more than anyone would want her to.
Samantha can’t seem to get her head on straight because she’s in love with her “cousin” Matthew and has been for quite some time, but since he doesn’t share her feelings she pushes him away at every chance. Alexis, Samantha, and Matthew were once the Three Musketeers, but now there is all sorts of tension and distance between Samantha and Matthew, and not even Alexis can help bridge the gap.
Matthew doesn’t know what he wants, although it’s pretty obvious that his Phoenix knows. It tends to shows its head whenever the unknown object of his affection is being showered in the attention of someone else. Slightly jealous would be an understatement.
The prophecy says (short version) that the two Promised Ones will meet, consummate their love, and then I’m guessing they’re supposed to save Arcadia, but they don’t quite make it that far in book one. The Promised Ones do meet, and they do fall in love, but maybe the rest will happen in book two. And I cannot wait for book two!
There are so many loveable characters and of course there are the several you love to hate and the few you’re never quite sure about. The suspense is entwined well with the love stories and the ending is definitely a cliffhanger that will leave you yearning for the next book.
My Favorite Moments: I love the “First Kiss” moments.
“Sorry about that, but I can’t wait any longer to do this,” he said in a husky tone before he kissed me.
“Please tell me I’m not too late.”
“You’re not too late.”
Matthew closed the distance between us, his hands still on my face, and kissed me.
My Favorite Laughable Moment: Nothing like being caught red handed.
“You checked him out, didn’t you? Even with the wheelchair, you checked him out!” She burst out laughing.
“Well, yeah. So what if I noticed he had a nice body? Wheelchair or not, he’s still hot.”
Overall, I give this 4 stars!
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