Published by Simon & Schuster
Published on October 2nd, 2012
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She could save the world—or destroy it.
Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.
But she can't do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?
Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it's not always clear who is on which side.
Let me start off by telling you: THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. Phew, glad I could get that off my chest. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to FINALLY read it, as it’s been sittin’ pretty on my TBR for what feels like forever. I had heard about how great this book was from my reading buddies, but it wasn’t until Kayla from My Book Muse gave it her seal of approval that I finally got my life right, and decided to crack this baby open.
Now, let’s break down my feels.
In this first book, the story is told from dual POV (though, primarily from Evie’s). As some of you may know, I tend to have a harder time reading books from the heroine’s perspective because sometimes I get annoyed by the way they’re written. This was not the case when it comes to this book. I really liked Evie’s character, and the development and progression that we get to see from her by the end. I found her character to be flawed, yet honest. She comes into her own as the story goes on, and I love her strength and vulnerability.
And DUH, of course I have to talk about the boy.
Cajun. Motorcycle. Muscles. Need I say more?
But beyond that, I love how unforgiving his character is, and yet, he also has a raw quality about him. I loved reading any scene with him in it, as he definitely knows just what to say to get your blood pumping (in more ways than one!)
The only negative thing I have to say is that I felt as though the pacing was a little off. It was a little too slow in the beginning for me, and some of the world building got slightly confusing. However, by 35ish%, I was completely onboard with the story. (Then it was non-stop action and suspense!)
I absolutely adore this book’s narrator, Emma Galvin. I think she has the perfect voice for YA. What do I mean by that? I mean that her performances are pretty spot on whenever she’s portraying the teenaged heroines within a YA story. Sometimes with YA narrators, they make the main characters sound like they’re 12 instead of closer to 20.
Her character transitions are typically smooth and flawless, and I never find myself confused as to which character is “speaking”.
From the synopsis: “A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side.” <–How cool is that? This book was so much fun to read, because the premise was so refreshing. I was constantly surprised by just how genuine and authentic everything seemed. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it is fantasy, but the way the author was able to tell the story, made me FEEL, and made me BELIEVE.
“The Empress doesn’t get collared, or caged, or tortured.”
“Eves, on the scale from wholesome to whoresome, you’re practically Amish.”
“If you touch me like that again, Evangeline,” he began in a husky tone, dropping to his seat once more, “in the space of a heartbeat, I will have you off this bike and onto the closest horizontal surface. And I woan be picky, no.”
“Evie, if you ever get taken from me again, you better know that I’ll be coming for you.” He cupped my face with a bloodstained hand. “So you stay the hell alive! You doan do like Clotile, you doan take that way out. You and me can get through anything, just give me a chance”—his voice broke lower—“just give me a chance to get to you.” He buried his face in my hair, inhaling deeply. “There is nothing that can happen to you that we can’t get past.”
The corners of his lips curled. “You and your secrets. Ah, peekôn, just when I think I’ve solved one mystery about you, up comes another one. I will figure you out one day. En garde, cher. Consider yourself warned.
“ W-we both know your life would be so much simpler without me! I am just a thorn in your paw.”
He nodded easily. “And it reminds me of you – every move I make, I think of you.”
My lips parted. Again I realized that he was the only thing in my life that made me feel sane, made me want to fight for a future.
“Evangeline, I’ve got to feel you with my every step.” His shaking hand closed over my nape, squeezing. “Or I go a little crazy, me. “