Thursday, June 5, 2014

Decendant by Nichole Giles

DescendantGenre: YA, fantasy
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Publisher: Rhemalda  Publishing
Format: ebook                     Pages: 279
Series: Descendant #1
Sources: Gift

It makes sense that paradise can't last forever, but it is a bittersweet crust to bite”

Goodreads Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Abigail Johnson is Gifted.
Blessed—or cursed—with Sight and Healing, Abby lives an unsettled life, moving from place to place and staying one step ahead of the darkness that hunts her. When she arrives in Jackson, Wyoming, she is desperate to maintain the illusion of normalcy, but she is plagued with visions of past lives mixed with frightening glimpses of her future. Then she meets Kye, a mysterious boy who seems so achingly familiar that Abby is drawn to him like he’s a missing piece of her own soul.
Before Abby can discover the reason for her feelings toward Kye, the darkness catches up to her and she is forced to flee again. But this time she’s not just running. She is fighting back with Kye at her side, and it’s not just Abby’s life at stake

My Thoughts: 

The Cover: The cover for Descendant is absolutely beautiful. A dark haired girl, a beautiful lily, and the title in beautiful calligraphy. It all looks so magical; I could not wait to dive in.

The Plot:  Holy WOW!! This book blew me away. Nichole Giles has written an amazing tale of magic, history, intense love, and betrayal. I love the historical parts, Abby's visions and the lore, that add so much to the story. Descendant moves along at a good clip, spinning a tale of a love that is transcendent, and a war that raged centuries ago and devastated a world. Magic abounds and fairytale-like creatures come alive as Abby and Kye fight to keep demons and other hideous beings from destroying the not-so-ordinary world.

Characters: Our main characters throughout the story, Abby and Kye, are two Gifted young adults who must take on supernatural forces beyond their wildest dreams. Over the course of the story, you get to know our protagonists, but it takes a lot of time. I found that the character development was a little lacking, but it did not harm the storyline.
The supporting characters were a bit see through and two dimensional, as well. But I really liked Jen and Rose. They seemed to be polar opposites and sometimes that can make a great friendship. The villains had the right amount of creepiness and mayhem abound with Juri, Boone and their henchmen.

Is it Worth Reading?:  Totally; I have fallen into the world that Nichole Giles has created and I don't want to leave. It is a brilliant escape from reality. The magic and the history really made this story or me. I am about to launch into Birthright, but definitely recommend it to readers of YA fantasy!

Descendant gets 4/5 crossbows glowing with the power of persuasion!! Read it, Read it!!

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