My Rating: 5/5
Author: Gabriella Lepore
Genre: Paranormal/Young Adult
Amazon Description: “’Then it is settled,’ Felix declared. ‘Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.’
When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.”
Evanescent is a young adult/paranormal book. I read this within a day—unable to put it down. It is slightly different than your usual young adult books with a paranormal theme. Although you can see traces similar to retelling of fairytales and stories like Twilight, this book is its own.
The book is written in third person narrative mainly following Bronwen. Bronwen is cast into a paranormal world that she didn’t know existed when her grandmother had a psychic vision that something was hunting her. Bronwen is sent to an abandoned castle where three boys reside. These are not your typical boys; they cannot die. No, they are not vampires or werewolves or anything like that, but I’ll let you read what happened to them. Felix, Alistair, and Loki are friends but more like brothers after spending over two hundred years together. They are fun loving and compassionate. Bronwen is also easy to like and relatable. The characters were fun and complimented each other well.
The plot moves along well and would be an easy read for most young adults. Unlike most British reads that I have read (yes, I am American-but probably born British in another lifetime), I hardly noticed the few British terms and phrases in this book. The book keeps you wondering the why’s and how’s at a steady pace, but eventually answers everything by the end. It also has a sweet romance, not heavily done which made it realistic and nice to read.
The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a great fast read, and I hated to see it end. If you like young adult books with a paranormal twist, then you should try this book out.