Published on: 2nd October 2014
Published by: Oxford University Press
Series: Benedicts #4
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
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(summary from Goodreads)
Misty is a one-girl disaster zone. Born with a Savant ‘gift’ that means she can never tell a lie, her compulsive truth-telling gets her into trouble wherever she goes.So when she meets Alex: gorgeous, confident, and impossibly charming, Misty instantly resolves to keep her distance . . .
Someone so perfect could never be hers, surely?
But a dark shadow has fallen across the Savant community. A serial killer is stalking young people who have these special mental powers. Soon one of them will be taken to the edge of death . . . and beyond.
I loved this book, like seriously loved it! The kind of love that made me forget about everything else and not put the book down again for a few hours until I had completely finished it. I really do enjoy this series, it has a mix of everything that I need in a novel. Amazing characters, an incredible story and a pretty cover (that last one isn’t as important, but you have to admit, the cover is pretty!) All the books in this series have followed the stories of three of the girls who end up becoming soul finders to the beautiful Benedict brothers. But this time we were forewarned that this was not going to be a story about a Benedict soulfinder, and I must admit I was a little worried that I wouldn’t love it as much as the previous books. No fear there though, I loved it!
I really like the whole concept of soulfinders, the idea that there is someone out there just for you, your perfect fit. We may not get a Benedict centred romance in this book, but I can happily say that by the end of this book there are only two brothers still waiting on finding their soulfinders. Our main soulfinder couple in this book is Misty and Alex and I absolutely loved the lead up to them finding out they are each others soulfinders. Unlike the other soulfinder couples we have encountered in previous books they don’t seem to ‘fit together’ as easily in respect to their powers, which makes for an interesting and more difficult start to their relationship that we haven’t seen with the other couples.
So it may not be Benedict centred, but as Misty is the cousin of Crystal and Diamond, both Benedict soulfinders we do still get a whole lot of Benedict in this book which made me very happy! This time we got a lot more of Uriel, one of the brothers we hadn’t spent as much time with in the past and it was really nice to get to know him too. Also, I sometimes had to remind
myself that Alex was not a Benedict because he just seemed to fit in so well with them all and I could see traits in him that I could also see in the brothers. He was very cleverly written by Joss Stirling, and I found that I didn’t miss having a Benedict as a main character as much as I thought I would.
Misty’s father is the first ‘family’ character we have spent time with in this series who is not a Savent. His wife it, his kids are, but he isn’t and you can see that he struggles with it. It was very interesting to see his view on the whole thing, and I liked the Joss Stirling wrote him to not be completely happy about the way of life his children, who he loved dearly, were entering into.
We have encountered a lot of different powers in the previous books, both with physical and mental abilities. There has been the odd complaint about a power, for example Yves when he has difficulty controlling his fire power, but you can tell that they all still see their powers as gifts. Misty’s power of truth is the first time a character has seen their power as a curse. She can’t lie and neither can the people around her (when she doesn’t have control) which has lead to some seriously hard times for her. Bullying has meant that she has had to move schools, and it has been hard for her to find friends who are tolerant of her directness. You can totally see where she is coming from, and at times you feel really bad for her and everything her “gift” has put her through.
We meet Misty’s family in Seeking Crystal as they are also Crystal and Diamonds family, but we don’t really get to know them. In this book we do. We get to meet some very young Savents, having just gained their powers and see the struggles their parents go through to hide these gifts from the rest of the world. (Not too easy when your young son can imitate any animal sound!)
I don’t know why I was worried before reading this book, I should know by now to trust Joss Stirling’s talent! A superb addition to the series, it deserves its place on the book shelf next to Finding Sky, Stealing Pheonix and Seeking Crystal.
Re-Readability: Hell Yes!
I would recommend this book to: anyone who love
s books about: people with powers, families fighting crime, brothers who are besties, teen/YA romances, destined to be loves.