Lonely Souls by Karice Bolton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to review as part of the blog tour
Genre: YA Paranomal
Book Description: It’s two weeks before Triss turns 18, and her world is about to change into the most magical one imaginable as she readies herself to enter The Witch Avenue Order... that is until her mother’s disappearance. Instead of celebrating her transformation, she finds herself spreading rose petals into her mother’s empty grave.
When Logan, her best friend from junior high, moves back to town for college, he vows to help her find the answers she so desperately seeks surrounding her mother’s disappearance. As they begin uncovering clues, it becomes apparent that the life of white magic they both grew up loving is not what the majority practices, and their lives are in danger.With a haunting feeling that her mother may still be alive, she begins to hear a call to the wilderness. Triss realizes that in order to find the answers she needs, she must learn the ways of her ancestors and become the hunter, not the hunted before it’s too late, and she becomes part of the lonely souls.
My thoughts: Triss is looking forward to her 18th birthday and membership into the witch coven. At the beach, the unexpected happens. Her mother disappears. This sends Triss into a spiral of emotion and events. She learns that she cannot trust everyone and believes her mother is still alive even though evidence points in the other direction.
Her mothers closest friend comes for the memorial. She brings her son Logan with her. Logan and Triss grew up together and were childhood friends. Logan has definitely changed. He is no longer the boy, but is now a very handsome young man.
Logan and Triss explore the witch community together and try to uncover the secrets that are being kept from them. Together they realize that there is something more to their relationship and the all is not well in the coven.
I enjoyed the book. Triss learns the hard way that not everyone she thought as a friend has remained so. She discovers secrets about her heritage. There is quite of bit of emotional and intellectual exploration that happens. The book focuses on relationships. Even though the first book lays a foundation of her state of mind, it flows at a very pleasant pace. It didn't feel rushed and it didn't feel too slow.
I look forward to reading the second book.
About Karice: Karice Bolton is a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author living in the Pacific Northwest. All three books in The Watchers Trilogy are available now, Awakening, Legions, and Cataclysm. Lonely Souls, which is the first book in her new series Witch Avenue, released June 2012.
Karice married the love of her life who she met in high school, and she still can't get over how cute and funny he is. They have two English Bulldogs that are the cutest bullies in the world, and they use their cuteness to get what they want. Karice loves the snow and gravitates towards the stuff as often as possible! She enjoys skiing and tries really hard to snowboard, but often makes a nice little area to sit while everyone zips by on their board. She enjoys writing, and she also loves to read just about anything with print.
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