H. K. Savage
Published: 9th December, 2014
“Your daughter is special”
Special, that was an interesting word for it. More like broken. Broken and scared she was losing her mind. Or maybe she’d already lost it. Thoughts, images, ideas that had no business in the mind of a child raced through her brain, taking over her consciousness until all she could do was shut down and let them run. There was no room for her. Maybe there wasn’t really a “her” underneath all the noise. The only thing that tethered her to her body, to the here and now was the pain. Careful always to hide the marks, Natalie relied on her knife to feel alive.
Sent to a college she couldn’t remember applying to on a scholarship she didn’t try for, Natalie clung to the hope that she could hide her madness from the family it was destroying. Alone at last she would finally have some modicum of peace, right?
Luka took the assignment reluctantly. In his Senior year, she was the last “special” student he would have to work with before heading off to intern and hopefully land the job, start the life his family had planned for him. The same one they wanted for his sister before she took her life.
Two broken souls with a rare ability in common, Luka and Natalie form a friendship that promises to heal them both until fate intervenes. Faced with a lie so great it threatens all Natalie has come to believe, she must make a choice: lie down and accept it or fight for those she loves.
Content Warning: References to sex, suicide, and self harm
What I liked: I loved the way how we slowly saw everything revealed, how everything was connected even in places we had no idea the main plot would connect in. Natalie was a character who I questioned quite a bit in the beginning as I discovered what made her “special.” It took a while for Nat to understand what was actually happening with her, but I was able to understand what was happening to her fairly early on. It was easy to understand Luka’s ability when we meet him, although he is not a particularly friendly character. Looking back at the beginning of the book after finishing it, there is quite a lot of character development for several of the characters, though not always positive character development. One character does have plenty of negative character development before the end of the book. Plus, while Avery, Nat’s roommate, isn’t a pleasant person in the beginning she has a lot of development by the end, I just wish we could have seen more of the development in friendship between the two girls.
What I didn’t like: There was a really slow start to this book, it took a long while to get anywhere and for a while I wasn’t exactly sure what the point was for this book other than what I had to go off of with the summary. Yeah, it read good with some semi-interesting things in the beginning, but it isn’t until close to the tennis racquet incident that I found myself more invested in finishing the book.
Overall Review: I loved the character development for Natalie, she’s a very different person at the end of the book compared to the beginning. She changes in a dynamic way and shows more of who she is as the book moves on, and I really enjoyed that. Her ability, while nothing new, is used differently and the big secret in the book was something that I was not expecting at all either. There were several points where I thought it was going to end one way only to suddenly veer into a different direction and change the way I thought the book would end. Things such as that made me wonder about what was really going on and what was going to happen by the end. There was less suspense than I was expecting from this book but it was enjoyable.
Recommend?: Yeah, I’m sure there are plenty of people who would like to read this book.
My Rating: 4.1/5
About the Author
HK lives in the frozen hinterlands of the far North. The long, cold months provide ample opportunity to hunker down with her computer and create adventures far more enticing than scraping ice and getting frostbite.
Between books HK reads voraciously. Anything with a good plot and compelling characters are her broad parameters. One is as likely to catch her with a copy of Don Quixote as with the latest Kristen Ashley.
When not writing or wowing the corporate world by day, HK practices martial arts, plays with her dogs and matches wits with her teen. Next winter she intends to brush up on her Spanish and escape the cold for somewhere more tropical.
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