Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.
Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?
When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.
Apparently, demon-hunting will never go out of style. And I am not saying this in a I-am-sick-of-it way but rather in a wow-I-love-it way. Selena can see the future in her dreams – well, parts of it, anyway. Immediate family and friends know about it, but for the rest of the town she is a normal kid. Dillan, on the other hand, is a trained monster-hunter, part of a secret elite society that basically is the police force for the Supernaturals. Kinda like Shadowhunters, but without the angels and demons. Just plain ole monsters like banshees, and manticores, etc. First meeting literally has sparks and thanks to that, they are wary of each other. Dillan, especially, is already disgrunted with being demoted and dumped into this middle-of-nowhere town called Newcastle, where his uncle lives. Half of the book, they are sniping and taking shots at each other – with quite a lot of hilarious and sexy moments. They are connected, but that is not explained until the end. But more importantly, Selena is keeping her latest vision secret from everybody – something that ties into the secrets of the town. Yes, Newcastle has layers of secrets which are not even revealed fully till the end. With that cliffhanger, even more mystery is promised. Actually, I was a bit stunned when it ended where it did. I was like – noooooo, it can’t freaking end here! Hooked me right in, this book.
The writing was good, but pacing was a bit off. It felt all over the place and at times, I couldn’t guess at the timeline because it skipped ahead and came back. The characters are like the town, layers of mystery piled on top of each other. Dillan’s uncle Rainer – the warm schoolteacher and the Bogeyman for the secret society. Heck, even her grandparents are not what they seem. Selena being special is kind of an open secret in the town and I was wondering how they maintained it for so many years! The best bit about the book would definitely be the world-building – the hierarchy of the society, the magic, the whole town. The other good thing was the build-up to their romance – from sharing insults to hot make-outs, they are kind of on fire. But sometimes, it felt forced too – like it was being literally scripted. (I know how that sounds, considering this is a BOOK – but some reactions didn’t seem normal). In summation, however, I found the book quite entertaining and great as a paranormal romance.
Received a copy from Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review