by Stephanie Fleshman
Publisher: Stephanie Fleshman
Publication Date: Aug. 7, 2013
Days before summer vacation, Koldan’s grandfather suddenly dies, leaving the consequences that have followed him since he fled his country to fall to Koldan. As Koldan learns about his new fate, he must accept the terms to which he is bound and live without the one person he wants, or remain true to who he is and risk both their lives repeating the choices his grandfather made.
Seventeen-year-old Raya Whitney thought she knew Koldan…until a sudden turn of events threatens both their lives. While she is not willing to give up without a fight, she knows it is a deadly game to stay together.
Koldan is eighteen and a genius. He knows what he wants. When his grandfather dies, Koldan, his brother Lukas, friend Ethan and girlfriend Raya take the trip to Australia that his grandfather was planning on taking with Koldan and Lukas as an early eighteenth birthday present for Koldan.
I was hooked at the prologue. It gave me a sense of something sinister about to happen. It was a great way to start.
This book was written in first person format from the point of view of two of the main characters. I liked this, because it felt like I was with them as they were running for their lives. I found the scenes where the characters are running through the halls and tunnels a bit repetitive and confusing. I certainly was lost, and perhaps that is the feeling that Fleshman was going for because the characters found the maze of tunnels to be a bit endless as well.
Koldan and Raya’s relationship reminded me a little of Romeo and Juliet, as being two star-crossed lovers. Luckily for Koldan and Raya they didn’t end up like Romeo and Juliet. Fleshman writes this novel like peeling an onion. As you read, you find out a little bit more of the mystery surrounding Koldan’s grandfather’s legacy. Little by little the layers are peeled back until you discover what is really going on, and then Fleshman adds a few twists and turns until you get to the end of the book.
I was disappointed when I got to the last page of this novel – not because it was not well-written, or because the end was a bust, but because I wanted more. It was one of those “you can’t be finished yet!” kind of endings. Fortunately, Fleshman is working on a sequel, which I will be keeping an eye out for.
I applaud Stephanie for keeping this book free from swearing and coarse language and for keeping the romantic scenes chaste.
I gave this book 5 stars. I can’t wait for the sequel!
Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this book from Novel Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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