Author: Jadie Jones
Genre/Audience: Fantasy, young adult
Publication: WiDo Publishing, 2013
Source: For review
Eighteen year old Tanzy is a horse expert with a hidden and painful past. While out for a ride one night in the woods, she and her horse are chased by mysterious dark creatures, perhaps the same ones that killed her father on a ride several years before. After a terrible fall during the chase, Tanzy miraculously survives, but with strange new visions of people and markings that no one else appears to see. When a new friend, Vanessa, takes her under her wing, Tanzy begins to uncover the meaning behind the strange occurrences, including past lives and reborn souls, the divide between other worlds, and keeping evil out.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when going into this book, but all of the twists took me by surprise. The beginning of the book was a bit slow to start, but picked up considerably after Tanzy was released from the hospital and started on her adventure and road to self-discovery. At that point, I became really invested in Tanzy’s story and was dying to find out all of her secrets right alongside her. The book becomes very “fantasy like” (don’t know how else to describe it) at one point, and while I don’t typically read fantasy, I was drawn into this world that Jones had created nonetheless. While I was a bit confused at times, I became increasingly intrigued to discover what was going on. Perhaps I’ll even read more fantasy now, even though I’m not usually drawn to it.
Let’s talk about the characters! I really liked them and felt that they really made this story a great one. Vanessa is a really interesting character that adds a lot to the mix. She’s a young, rich doctor’s wife that Tanzy meets at the hospital. She does a lot of wonderful things for Tanzy, but you also get a foreboding sense with her too. She seems to be keeping a lot of secrets, and does some strange things. Why is she so interested in Tanzy? What was her past life like?
Then there’s Lucas, another mysterious character, and love interest for Tanzy. He has some strange abilities of his own, and will keep you guessing throughout the novel.
Tanzy, of course, was a great character. I sensed her frustration at not knowing and understanding what was happening to her, and I felt that frustration with her. She had a rough life to start with, but now things have gotten just plain weird… and creepy. I really enjoyed going on this journey with her to discover her true past and soul.
I can’t go much more into detail without giving away major plot points of the story, but just know that I was surprised at where the novel ended up, and in a good way. Jones has a real talent for writing. I’ll be waiting for the sequel on this one! For fans of YA and fantasy, I think you’ll really dig this story…. bonus points if you’re into horses, too! 🙂
My Rating: 4/5