A YA urban fantasy/romance set in a world a breath away from our own. Similar in tone to Tithe and Unleashed, this story tiptoes down the line between love and horror as Wendy discovers herself and the darkest parts of the afterlife. Wendy has the ability to see souls that have not moved on-but she does not seek them out. They seek her. They yearn for her . . . or what she can do for them. Without Wendy's powers, the Lost, the souls that have died unnaturally young, are doomed to wander in the never forever, and Wendy knows she is the only one who can set them free by sending them into the light. Each soul costs Wendy, delivering too many souls would be deadly, and yet she is driven to patrol, dropping everyone in her life but her best friend, Eddie-who wants to be more than friends-until she meets Piotr. Piotr, the first Rider and guardian of the Lost, whose memory of his decades in the never, a world that the living never see, has faded away. With his old-fashioned charms, and haunted kindness, he understands Wendy in ways no one living ever could, yet Wendy is hiding that she can do more than exist in the never. Wendy is falling for a boy who she may have to send into the light. But there are darker forces looking for the Lost. Trying to regain the youth and power that the Lost possess, the dark ones feed on the Lost and only Wendy and Piotr can save them-but at what cost?
I have to start out saying that this ended up being a good book. The storyline is really intricately woven together. The main character is uniquely endearing. Having said that... I need to confess that it took me nearly a month to complete this book. It has taken at least two more for me to be able to decide what I wanted to say about the experience. The story jumps from one perspective to another quite frequently. Almost overly confusing until you get used to the jumpiness. The jumpiness levels out about a third of the way through though. Although it never stops the warp speed switching, but you get kinda used to it. The storyline has a lot of Now details with very little past. Leaving gaping holes in places. With this story you really need a better foundation. Also, it has too many characters doing too many different things at the same time. It has a very chaotic feel to it. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed. Or maybe I'm totally off base... give it a try and see what you think.
Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review.