Wednesday, March 5, 2014

*Review* Til Death (Fractured Souls #1) by Kate Evangelista

*My Thoughts*

*I received this book free from NetGalley/Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

Til Death is the first installment Kate Evangelista's Fractured Souls series. Apparently, After Death (Fractured Souls #2) will be released a year from now, March 3, 2015 by Entangled Teen. Till Death mixes POV's between 16-year old Selena Fallon and 17-year old Dillan Sloan, alternating each chapter. Til Death is a mixture of paranormal aspects, romance, suspense, mystery, and has an interesting supporting cast and setting that is far from boring.

Ever since Selena was left with her grandparents by her parents, she's been having dreams of future events. The dreams pretty much mimic what happens in real life. Her best friends Kyle Hilliard and Penny Collins both know about her secret, but Selena believes they haven't spoken to anyone about it. What Selena doesn't understand, is that EVERYONE, including her best friend Kyle, her grandparents, and her ex-boyfriend Bowen, all have SECRETS of their own that they've been keeping from Selena. Selena's abilities make her valuable, vulnerable, powerful, and open to anyone with nefarious plans to take advantage of. Serena is a character you almost have to respect because of her situation and the fact that everyone treats her with kid gloves even when she refuses to turn away and run away when danger approaches. She becomes aware of a world she had no clue existed until she is exposed by accident and then meets Dillan who changes her entire outlook on life. 

Dillan is a character who is angry, arrogant, brooding, extremely rude, destructive, and doesn't really give a fig about the organization that he works for since they've turned their backs on him. Because of a small tactical error on his part during a mission, he's been banished, demoted, and sent to live with his famous uncle Rainer Sloan along with his hellhound partner in crime Sebastian. When Dillan first meets and touches Selena, there is definitely something electric between the two of them which neither can explain. Although there is a whole lot of animosity between the characters at first, the thaw in Dillan's character slowly makes him realize that Selena is someone who is to be protected at all costs and the fact that Selena doesn't exactly take crap from anyone, makes it easier to deal with. 

Add Kate Evangelista to the new author to me list. Even though I do have other stories of hers on my Kindle, I haven't found the time to fit them into my busy review/reading schedule that has become almost laughable these days. Her writing style is different from what I am used to, and in this particular copy of Til Death, there were instances of garble that I couldn't read, or understand. Unfortunately, editing errors are a part of receiving Advanced Reading copies. I didn't exactly mind having two different POV's over the course of this story. I think that it actually brought more levity to the story than just one POV. I think we could have also used a POV from Kyle since he plays such an important role in this story.

As with most first novels in a series, there are a bunch of loose ends that need to be tied up. Til Death ends on a whopper of a cliffhanger, and I am seriously unnerved by the fact that we have to wait a full year before the next book comes out! I need to know about the surprise guest who appears, as well as Selena's grandparents and their past with the secret organization along with Dillan's supposedly powerful grandfather who runs the organization that keeps supernaturals in check.

Author - Kate Evangelista
Title - Til Death (Fractured Souls # 1)
Publisher - Entangled Teen
Released - March 4, 2014
Genre - Young Adult, Paranormal
Recvd via NetGalley/Entangled

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