Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: ARC, Paperback, 306 pages
Series: The Soul Seekers
Genre: Paranormal, YA
My rating: 3/5 stars
Synopsis from goodreads:
Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.
There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.
Unfortunately, I had a tough time getting through this book. It took me about two weeks to read, which is a long time for me, but I refused to give up on it because I did get invested in the characters and wanted to know what happened with them. Getting into the story was what slowed me down and I felt like things were a bit too descriptive at times; and that maybe too much time was wasted on elaborating on every little detail. I wonder if maybe I was just experiencing some sort of reading slump and perhaps it would have better served me to just put the book down and come back to it when my mood changed. But honestly, I think it just took a while for me to familiarize myself with the author's writing style. Also, I found myself bothered and discouraged by the alarmingly tiny font in the book! I'm hoping that the finished copies of this book have bigger font, unlike my ARC. I know this may sound lame and overly picky (I'm generally an easy-going reader!), but I can't help it--I NEED decent-sized font! I need to be able to blink for a second without loosing my place on a page I'm reading. Just saying!
Once I was able to acclimate myself to the author's writing style, I really started to get more into the plot, which was very unique and filled with legends and mystical elements that I found fresh and intriguing. I immediately liked Daire, the main character. She grows so much throughout this book, as does her knowledge and talents as a Soul Seeker. I loved her tough-willed personality and the fact that she refuses to take crap from anyone! Plus, she's seriously gifted and it's hard not to be fascinated by her destiny and the history of her family.
Speaking of Daire's family, I just adore her abuela (grandmother), Paloma! She's such a sweet and fierce lady who has experienced a lot of tragedy in her time. She's there to guide Daire when she has no one else to help her, and they share a bond that goes beyond family ties. It was interesting learning about Daire's ancestors and their purpose, as well as what they are capable of and what it means to be a Soul Seeker. I also took a liking to Dace, who is a very handsome guy with ties to Daire that I'm still curious about. There were also a few other characters that I became rather fond of that I'm sure will continue to appear throughout the series.
Although I had a difficult time getting into the story at first, I'm glad I stuck with it and pushed through. The ending was filled with uncovering some of the mysteries involving the Soul Seekers and battling dark forces--which was a bit intense and surprisingly quick. I think I'll definitely check out the next book in the series because there are so many questions that remain to be answered and I can only imagine what's going to transpire between Daire and her enemies. I'm sure there will be even more magic and hopefully some more romantic encounters with Dace. Hopefully the next book won't be difficult for me to start since I'm already acquainted with the story.