I am Arie Belle and up until my mother’s unexpected and mysterious death my life had been pretty simple, but then things became dark and, at times, hopeless. Even my uncanny ability to communicate with nature had turned its back on me. My only saving grace is my lifetime friendship with the boy next door, River, whom I had always thought of as my soul mate up until my eighteenth birthday when everything seemed to change. My body tingles with heightened sensations and my emotions veer out of control. They are further tested when Ashe, a beautiful stranger with a powerful draw, enters my life and challenges my heart and soul. Amidst the rush of feelings after years of numbness, my true destiny slowly unravels and my journey to find out what I am, to find my mother’s killer, and stop my own death becomes a frantic rush before the next full moon. This powerful story encaptures the true meaning of love and the dark corners of life that can either suck you in or save you.
The synopsis is really interesting and it has very appealing characters. I liked the beginning a lot, I was really hooked in the story but in the middle of all the mystery I kind of lose track of what was happening. It takes a lot of time to discover things and all the supernatural stuff wasn´t messing just with Arie´s mind but also with my mind. The incorporation of Ashe in the story made things a bit more interesting though I was team River from the very beginning.
The world the author has created is really original but I think there´s too much description about nature, I wanted more flashbacks to know more about Arie and her past life. All the mystery around the shadows is really appealing but I think more explanations were needed to solve all the questions around Arie.
Overall, I liked the book but the narative style didn´t draw me completely into the story and Arie´s behaviour with River and Ashe was mean sometimes and I didn´t like those scenes.
But it is really enjoyable to read, original and supernatural, a perfect read for fantasy lovers.
In the ending things end up in a rush and open so I think next book will be even better than this one.
Author Information: My passion for writing started at a very young age. It started with a multitude of diaries as soon as I could, then poetry, then short stories. I received my BA at USC in Theatre with an unofficial minor in writing. While at USC I wrote my first screenplay and post-graduation I was hired to write another screenplay, which I did successfully. Life got busy again and my passion was pushed aside, but then I met an amazing person who loved my story and encouraged me to start writing again. With that said, I am in a happier place now. I am fulfilling my inner desire and passion to write. I just self-published book one in The Life of Aries series and am currently working on book two. I am also working on an adult dark romance.