Publisher: Imdaline Press
Formats Available: E-book, Paperback
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Joclyn Despain has a scar. In fact, it is almost like a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why it appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
The scar is the reason she is being hunted.
If only she knew that she was.
If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.
Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; but he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.
I was gifted this arc by the Author, Rebecca Ethington in exchange for my honest review. This is the first book in the Imdalind Series. I have to admit upon first looking at the cover, I really didn't like it at all. After reading the book, I realise that the female on the cover is Joclyn who at one point in the book falls from a window, but I still think the cover could do so much more for this well written action packed book. The cover could just simply show the necklace that Ryland gives Joclyn, or the "bead" that Joclyn's father sent to her on her birthday, or even a picture of the "scar" below her ear with what looks like a dragon on it. The cover could and should do so much more for the book! I hope this doesn't offend the cover designer or author but I promise to be honest and my opinion the girl on the cover looks unnatural and awkward and really doesn't do the book total justice. The cover would not pass my "Would I pick it up from the shelf to learn more about it" test. So I guess at this moment in time you are probably saying well "Why did you agree to read the book?" The answer is simply the blurb, the blurb sold me the book and made me want to know more. As for the plot of the book and how it is written.....well fantastic, brilliant, addictive...and marvelous are the words that come to mind. The book tells the story of Joclyn, who has a scar below her ear, that has what looks like a dragon shape within it. Of course Joclyn is shy and hides behind her overly large hoodies, she doesn't make friend easily at all, in fact she is soemwhat of a loner. Other than her one best friend in the wole world, Ryland. Ryland just seems to understand her, she can relax with Ryland. The problem is that Ryland's father doesn't like the close friendship and uses the excuse that Joclyn's mother is his employee to try and keep the two friends apart.
Rylands father Edmund, is a strong, but strange man, he has to control all those around him. Edmund is an evil, cruel man who seems to care only for business.
As Ryland and Joclyn become closer their feelings for each other change from just friendship to something much stronger and deeper. As they come together for their first kiss, Ryland notices the scar on Joclyn's neck and everything changes, drastically. Ryland knows what the scar is and knows it means danger for Joclyn, people will hunt her down for the rest of her life until they manage to kill her. Ryland vows to protect Joclyn, but can he really protect from his evil father? Joclyn meets others like her who have "powers" and "magic" that are hunted because of it. They try to help her, she meet Wyn whom she becomes friends with, and the guy she thinks is Wyn's brother Ilyan. Ilyan seems drawn to her and she feels their is something really familiar about him, but what can it be? Everyone and everything is not necesarily what or who they seem to be.
The book is so well written by Rebecca, the plot grabs you, slowly reels you in and holds you on the edge of your seat right until the very end of the book. In fact speaking of the end of the book....What a Cliffhanger! I am seriously looking forward to the next book as soon as it's available......
So did I enjoy the book?Yes, Loved it! Would I recommend the book? Yes I have recommended to my daughter to read it already! Would I read Bk#2 in the Imdalind Series? Yes please as soon as possible! Would I read more books written by Rebecca Ethington? Definitely yes!
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