Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Series: Bone Dressing
My rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis from goodreads:
Time is running out … the dark that’s been chasing Syd for many lifetimes has finally caught up with her …
Sydney Roberdeau lost her parents as a young girl. Waiting for her life to start and the freedom that will come with her eighteenth birthday, Syd spends much of her time haunting the local cemetery. It is there, stretched out among the dead, that she feels most alive, most at home. Until one rainy night when Beau, Sarah and T.J. crash her ghostly sanctuary, appearing out of nowhere, turning her already inside-out world one degree past upside down.
Syd must now revisit past lives, dressing in the bodies of her previous selves … bone dressing. Her only chance to outrun the evil breathing down her neck is to face her own worst nightmares and her strongest desires. But if she can’t stay out of trouble in this life, how can she possibly fix mistakes from past lives? And just how many lives has she lived, loved and lost? What is Syd exactly, and what will she risk for the life of a man she doesn’t remember, the man she spent a lifetime with, the man she loves? Everything ... including her very own life?
Bone Dressing, the first in a series of seven books, will carry Syd and Beau on an adventure that transcends life itself.
I didn't exactly know what to expect from Bone Dressing. All I knew was that the synopsis for the book sounded totally cool and original, so I was pretty excited to find out more. Although things seemed to start off a little slow, it wasn't long before the plot picked up and intensified--and it stayed that way until the end of the book, which left my head spinning!
The book is told through the perspective of Sydney, who is completely tough and amusing. Syd is a character that I really like. She goes on these hilarious tangents that sent me into fits of giggles and I found her pessimism to be endearing and very honest. She's also a rebel, and I admire her ability to say whatever she wants and mean it.
Basically Syd is an orphan who finds her whole world literally being turned upside down when she encounters a very attractive and mysterious guy in the cemetery one night. This guy's name is Beau, and he's accompanied by his sister, Sarah, and a black panther named T.J. (yes, T.J. is LITERALLY a panther and she does fit into the story quite well!). With the help of these three, Syd finds out that there is a sinister being after her and the only way to get the upper hand is for her to journey back in time into her past selves and relive crucial moments in her life. It is then that she experiences memories that she never even knew she had, and she is riddled with an onslaught of emotions and facts that put a dent in her tough exterior and alter her forever.
As if finding out that she is in danger and has past lives that she must live again wasn't enough for Syd to process, she also struggles with the thoughts and feelings she so strongly has for Beau. As a very strong and independent young lady, Sydney actually gets peeved at herself for these intense feelings she instantly develops for Beau, especially since she's never experienced anything like this before. It was both amusing and confusing whenever these two were together, because there's so much tension, and there's also something more going on there than what you are let in on. All I'm saying is that Beau is SUPER hot and I can't wait to learn more about his connection with Syd (though I have a theory)!
One of the things I really love about this book is that the author is very descriptive and poetic at times, which I absolutely loved! Michelle Brooks also knows how to write romance well. There were some steamy moments throughout the story that felt incredibly accurate and personal. Basically, she's a fantastic writer and she really knows how to write a unique and engaging story. She also does such a stupendous job of making the reader really feel everything that the characters are going through. I was definitely effected by the heartbreak that Syd faces in this book, as well as the anger she's enveloped by when she comes to certain realizations. I would also like to bring to light the fact that I literally felt my blood pressure rising during every encounter Sydney has with the repugnant Mr. Askew--never has a fictional character made my skin crawl as much as he has!
There is so much more to find out about this story, and the last events of the book solidify this, therefore I can't wait to continue with this series! So, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story with a healthy dose of villains, supernatural, romance and mystery.