Release Date: July 20, 2010
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy
Before that fateful summer night, Willow had balanced the insight of emotion, and the vivid images. That night, the figure in her nightmare marked her wrist with a star, giving her father no choice but to tell Willow a family secret that would abruptly change life, as she knew it, forever. Before Willow had time to absorb the shock of her father's secret, her soul mate that had shared every stunning dream with her, found her, and darkness captured her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. In the end, Willow discovers that at the moment of our birth we are all given a divine gift.
When I first read the summary for this book, I was super excited, as it just sounded very exciting and suspenseful. So when I started reading it, I very much wanted to love it. Unfortunately, the story and characters just didn't quite do it for me.
Characters first. I had a hard time feel connected to them, as I felt like they weren't quite as developed as I would have liked. I felt as I was reading that we had just barely scratched the surface of who these characters were, and what made them who they are. Although I hate to see a story bogged down with tons of backstory, in this case, I think I would have liked to have seen a bit more backstory, something to add some texture to these characters. As it is, I felt like I was dropped into the middle of the book where I was already suppose to know and love everyone, and I was just being led around by the nose to this or that event where the characters happened to be going.
Secondly, the romance was definitely insta-love. I could have forgiven this if there had, again, been a little development, even if it was after the fact. I mean, I knew there would be some elements of insta-love here. It was unavoidable considering that the two love interests dream of each other and that is supposed to be the courtship or buildup to their finally meeting and being able to declare themselves and start a relationship. Handled a bit better, it might have worked for me, but unfortunately, the dreams didn't give me enough because there were no words or conversations. She dreams, she sees him, she runs into his arms, repeat. Then they meet in person and can finally declare their love. Except the bad guy that scares everyone is another potential suitor, despite the fact that he scared her to death when she met him and came across to her as completely void and a little soulless.
The main idea of the story, that of talented people who can do things that others can't, started out as fascinating, and the setting of the dimensional strings one can travel through was very unique. I felt like a lot could have been done with this, but there was so much emphasis placed on this non-existent insta-love relationship that I just grew very bored with the story. The suspense needed to be kicked up a notch. There needed to be more emphasis on the dimensional conflicts. It just lost me, despite the fact that I can see that the author has some talent.
Obviously, I don't pick up a story with the intent of not liking or enjoying it. Quite the opposite, I want to love and adore every single book I read, but this one just didn't do it for me, and I ended up having to DNF about midway through as it just wasn't holding my attention. I understand others have read and enjoyed the book, and I'm so happy they loved it. It just wasn't for me, unfortunately.