Kelly Keaton immediately pulls readers into her dark, dangerous world with crystal clear language and vivid imagery. The setup of this novel is fascinating and original, blending reality with a vast range of mythologies and creating a brave new world in the hurricane-battered ruins of the New 2. The devastated world is chilling, and readers will be enthralled as the novel takes them into the atmospheric, sultry and seductive remnants of New Orleans. Though the setting is like another character in the novel, the heroine Ari still steals the show. Ari's past is filled with tragedy and abuse, and her cynical, world-weary perspective is a nice change of pace. It is exciting to see a girl who knows how to handle herself and doesn't fall into the arms of every brooding bad boy she sees. However, one in particular does catch her eye, and I would have liked to see more development of their bond and an explanation of his abrupt mood swing.
Keaton weaves the various strands of mythology into a breathtakingly imaginative whole, slowly revealing the tragic truth about Ari's past, present and future. As the novel picks up speed, it becomes a whirlwind of shock and awe, with evil lying around every corner. Keaton constructs a villain that is terrifying on a legendary scale, and her intense descriptions will be seared into readers' memories. The way the story comes together is brilliant, like puzzle pieces falling into place -- I absolutely did not see the shocking revelation coming. Readers will get lost within these pages, forgetting any concept of time as they devour this engrossing read.
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Disclosure: I received an advance galley of this novel from the publisher. This did not affect my review in any way.
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