by Melissa A. Craven
Midnight Hour Studio
YA Urban Fantasy
Alienated by everything that sets him apart, Aidan McBrien suffers in silence.
He is the most powerful Immortal of his generation, but he chooses to live behind a mask to protect himself, even from those he loves. They can never know how much he struggles just to get through each day, overwhelmed by the pain and loss of everyone around him. As he fights a constant battle to control the gifts that threaten to push him over the edge, he dreads the day his world will look to him to fulfill a prophecy that he doesn’t even believe in.
As Aidan’s equal, Allie Carmichael endures the same isolation, but in complete ignorance of her true nature. When she meets Gavin, Allie sees a tiny glimmer of the life she wants to live, and the person she wants to be, but her instincts tell her it will never work.
Allie and Aidan have led parallel lives on opposite ends of the earth, but their paths are about to converge. With others making decisions for them, will they ever truly understand the immeasurable power they posses, or the prophecy that might not be about Aidan after all?
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Prequels are something which I always start a little critically, but this one gave exactly what was needed at the right time.
By splitting this book up equally between Aidan and Allie, the author allows the reader to gain new insights, which aren't as vital to the plot as they are to the characters. After reading this, especially Aidan gains a whole new side which rounds him into a hero to dream about. The look into both of their pasts not only makes them more understandable but makes them seem that much more normal. They both had their struggles and problems, and these come across in a very 'average teen' manner (even if the problems, especially in Aiden's case, aren't so normal).
The prequel grabs the entire way through. At first, it's hard to see how all of it will connect as Aidan and Allie lead two very different and distant lives. It's a treat to return to each viewpoint as the chapters switch back and forth between them, never having anything in common enough to make it clear how they come together. And when they do, it wraps up things nicely in every way.
I enjoyed reading this and found it a nice break after the first novel. After reading it, I'm that much more excited about jumping into book two.
You can find my review for the first book in the series, EMERGE, here!