Sixteen-year-old Leah Grant has given up on being normal. She’d settle for stopping the voices in her head, intrusive visions of the future, and better odds of making it to her seventeenth birthday.
That’s the thing about pretending to be human in a world where magic used to exist – at any moment, her cover could be blown and she’ll be burned to death like the rest of the witches.
Everything changes when she loses control of her powers and flees the orphanage she grew up in. She desperately wants to be invisible but finds her face plastered on every news channel as humans panic over the possible resurgence of her kind. And now the hunters won’t give up until they find her.
Making friends for the first time in her life and falling in love with one of them drives her to discover why she is unlike any being she’s ever met – human or otherwise. The dangerous powers inside of her that would repel Nathan, her new, handsome reason for living, are priceless to some. The locked up forever kind of priceless. And to others, they are too dangerous to allow her to live.
Let’s hope she can stay hidden.
When I started reading this I felt so bad for Leah. She was going through so much and was alone. I mean, literally alone. She had no one. I would have never been able to imagine what that feels like, but Lathan was able to put those feelings into words that made my heart break for this girl. Regardless of how I felt at the beginning of the book, by the time I was finished I felt so much joy for Leah and her friends. She had gone through so much her entire life and came out shining.
I loved the relationship between Leah and Nathan in this story. First, and most importantly in my opinion, it was not rushed. It was nice actually watching their relationship start out as a friendship. They shared so much about who they were to each other and their friendship was natural. It was easy. I have not read a book in a while where I felt like their relationship was not rushed, and I loved that.
While I was able to figure out a bit of what was going on, there were quite a few bombs that were dropped on me that totally came out of left field. Who Leah actually was, where she came from, and then what she decided to do about it near the end - which by the way THANK YOU for having her be smart and to think before she acts! I never saw it coming and then what she decided to do with the information was mind blowing. Very mature, intelligent, and just a well rounded, strong girl.
I cannot wait for the next book and find out what happens. It's truly amazing how someone you do not even know can influence your decisions, and I am dying to find out what happens with Remi.
Sienna snatched last week’s Chemistry test from my desk. I hadn’t turned it over. I knew it was a D minus.
She cackled and passed it around.
“Leah, you would think someone who spends most of her time alone would have better grades,” she said. Her birds laughed on cue. “What do you do all day? Obviously not study.” She gasped slowly like she’d gotten a revelation in that blonde head of hers. “You fantasize about us, don’t you? You probably sleep in Whit’s old bed to feel close to her.”
Laughter spread around the room like an airborne disease. Disease. I shivered. That was an intriguing thought; I could almost hear the sound their bodies would make against the floor when it hit.
“Leah, come on. Say something. Scream at me, it’s been a while. At least cry,” Sienna said, laughing and leaning into my desk, closer to danger.
I didn’t cry. I never cry. And if I were going to, it wouldn’t be because of Sienna. I had bigger problems. I’d just broken a promise I’d made to God to not think about hurting His people, His children. And today was not the day to piss Him off.
My old roommate, Whitney Nguyen, graciously returned my test as she cackled with the rest of the birds. She liked the idea of me pining over her, but she knew I didn’t spend my free time thinking about her or sleeping in her old bed. After fourteen years of hard labor as my roommate, she’d given up on being friends or me being remotely normal. The current theory to explain my oddness was that I was in love with all of the girls and consumed by lust.
As long as they didn’t know it was magic.
About M. Lathan
M. Lathan lives in San Antonio with her husband and mini-schnauzer. She enjoys writing and has a B.S. in Psych and a Masters in Counseling. Her passion is a blend of her two interests – creating new worlds and stocking them with crazy people. She enjoys reading anything with interesting characters and writing in front of a window while asking rhetorical questions … like her idol Carrie Bradshaw.
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