Author: Erika M SzaboPublication Date: November 16th 2013
Publisher: Golden Box Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 3 Stars
Ilona has been in love with her unsuspecting best friend, when a dashing stranger explodes into her life. The sudden magnetic feeling frightens her. Will he break her heart, or will he bring true happiness? A sinister dark man appears, Ilona connects his presence with the series of mysterious deaths around her. She is an emergency room doctor, born into an ancient tribe which still exists hidden amongst us with its fiercely enforced rules. She doesn’t know much about her heritage besides legends and rituals that she continues out of respect for her parents. She begins to remember the forgotten instructions concealed as rhymes her mother was teaching her since she was a small child and discovers that she can rearrange the human body to its healthy state. This ability is exciting as well as frightening. She is conflicted between having confidence in her intelligence and inherited abilities while having no confidence as a woman. Her insecurity created barriers which keep others out, and I also keep her caged in. She has been evacuated from her easy and steady life, and is forced to face the unknown.
Dreams she can't understand, feelings of knowing niggling at the back of her mind. A history not fully told or discovered, and the words "You will find out in due time" a constant part of her life.
Waking from a vivid yet confusing dream on her 29th birthday, the age of adulthood in the Hun society, we follow Ilona on a journey of discovery, mystery, love, and danger.
"It all began on my birthday…In my diary, I used flowers and their meanings to separate events, and I asked Elza, Zoltan, Bela and Ema to share pages from their journals as well, in order to put things into perspective and to understand what happened to us." - Ilona
I enjoyed reading the history, mythology, mystical aspects and folklore in this book. Ilona is a beautifully sweet heroine who struggles with her past, present, and future. She is searching to find who she is and who she will become while discovering truths about her heritage, her abilities, and the people around her. I loved all the characters in this book, each was well written and developed and I fond that their interactions with one another were true and easy.
That being said, I struggled with Ms. Szabo's writing style, which is a purely personal preference. Ms. Szabo goes to great lengths to describe scenes and memories, causing me at times to get bogged down by the amount of detail and feel as though I was actually missing the full impact the scene was trying to convey. However, keep in mind that I have the same problem when reading Charles Dickens; sooooo. *wink*
Overall I thought this was a good and easy read. It is something totally different then what I have been reading in the paranormal even contemporary genre's, and whoa holy cliffhanger! Luckily we can start right into book 2, Acceptance!
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