Alston and Q. Ramey
15 year old Anastasia Adams has spent her entire life on run. She and her mother have never spent more than 18 months in any one location, often times leaving with just the clothes on their backs. Despite the havoc that this is wreaking on Ana's social and academic life, her mother offers no explanation as to why it is they're constantly moving, or even what it is they're running from. But that all changes one night in the woods of Pelion, SC--the night the terror catches up with them.
Fearing her mother dead, and having barely escaped with her own life, Ana is whisked away to world of privilege and tradition. It's a fairytale come to life. The poor girl used to living out of a suitcase is now a resident of one of the most exclusive addresses in the world. The people there adore her and she catches the eye of a young guardian who sees her as a refreshing change to the girls he's grown up with.
If only they could find her mother. If only she knew the consequences of being born a "conjurer." If only she knew who that green eyed stranger was, the stranger who'll tell her about a past too romantic, and too tragic to be real. In the end, she'll have to choose between the boy who has captured her heart and the stranger she can feel down in her soul, assuring at least one of them an almost certain death.
I am intrigued by stories that catch me right away at the beginning. This story did that. Ana is awaken in the middle of the night with a "code red". An intruder shows up looking for her. Eventually, Ana escapes but her mother does not. Her mother tells her to go, and she does, eventually returning to the grandmother that she never knew. There she is treated like royalty, and meets one of her love interests, Darren. He is the local bad boy, and is instantly smitten by her. His love for her helps him to turn around to be a better person.
While this is all happening, Ana meets Tristan, a mysterious stranger who seems to know a lot about her. He shows up at night, and seems to carry a lot of heartbreak. As the story continues, you learn that Tristan is actually a vampire- the same species that attacked her mom. Ana should be repulsed by him, but she is not. The reason is that they have loved each other forever- literally. It has endured through numerous lifetimes. He has always found her, but she has always been taken away too soon.
The love story in this book hooked me. The authors added a lot of paranormal aspects such as witches, warlocks and vampires, and it becomes a little chaotic toward the end of the book. What saves the story for me is the bittersweet tragedy of Ana and Tristan. Will they be together or not? CAN they be togethr or not? It gave the book a lot of heart, and motivated me to finish the story.
I'm not going to give away the ending of what eventually happens, but it's definitely worth it for you to read on to find out J