When I received a free copy of this novel I was excited to read it.
The book did not let me down. But first, here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.
Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.
He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.
Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.
Jessica is the new girl in high school. Eric is the brooding teen that everyone stays away from. When they are paired to be lab partners in chemistry the reader senses sparks will fly. But this novel isn’t just a teen romance. Eric has a secret. He’s a Shade who will have to battle his nemesis on his 18th birthday. There will only be one survivor. Jessica is adopted and is searching for clues about her parents and her past. Two teens with a secret past … can you feel the suspense?
This tale, the first in the Timely Death Series, is a good beginning. There’s romance, action, brooding teens, and some twists and turns. Both characters are likable, even Eric. I say that because he comes across as gruff and unfeeling. But he was raised to be a warrior. Seeing his softer side come out is fun.
When I finished the book I was slightly disappointed. Not by the story, but the next book is not released yet. Hopefully soon.