A gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and F. Scott Fitzgerald, set against a creepy summertime backdrop—a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and Anna Dressed in Blood.
REVIEW: I purchased this book from Book Outlet since it was on sale and the summary seemed rather interesting upon first glance. The cover is striking, with the intricate scrollwork of the title. I was surprised when I skimmed through the beginning of the book and found that it was signed by the author. There are three initials, AGT, and the author inserted devil horns and a tail on the letter "A" in her initials.
Violet meets River, a stranger who comes to town and offers to rent the guesthouse for a while. Later in the story, the reader learns more about River and his "glow." For me, this was a unique concept but for some reason, after everything that happens, I wasn't that impressed with his gift or as it's unraveled, his curse really. The romance between him and Violet is unbelievable in the beginning. They just met each other and the next thing you know, she's sleeping beside him? It's very strange.
Also, I know this is a YA novel, but I didn't care for the dialogue at times; it seemed childish to me. There was some lovely prose in the story as well but just not enough to keep my interest going.