Author: Leah Giarrantano
Expected Publication: May 23rd 2012 by Penguin Books Australia (IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!)
A psychopath...an empath...a genius.*thanks to the publishers for the free copy of this ebook (via Netgalley)*
Three siblings who will save the world – or destroy it.
They know nothing of each other. They know nothing of the Telling.
But they'll need to learn fast if they're going to survive...
A gripping new series about a collision of worlds, the power of destiny, and the darkness in us all...
I absolutely LOVE this whole idea of the psychopath, empath and genius. It's completely and utterly fascinating, and I just really, really, want more.
For the first chapter, we're introduced to this concept of The Telling and how it came about to happening in this parallel universe. It's a little bit strange and quirky, but it's something I haven't read about in a long time. Siblings with powers that are connected somehow...
Meet Samantha and Luke. They don't actually know each other. Samantha resides in some gypsy town in Romania, telling fortunes for a living. You know straight away that she's the empath. It's just the simple way that Leah Giarrantano describes the emotions that Samantha grasps and how it feels completely tangible to her. It's beautiful, really.
Luke however, was a bit of a confusing one for me. I really liked reading about him. He's a mere adolescent who's actually in a juvenile detention centre somewhere in Australia. And he gets into fights a lot, which isn't surprising really. Now figuring out whether he's the psychopath or the genius.. now that took me a while. I couldn't decide if he was a smart or heartless, and I didn't figure it out until the very end, but it's hard to see the psychopathic characteristics of him... I wish I'd seen more of him not understanding emotions and being the polar opposite to Samantha.
So basically all is going well in both lives until they, randomly and completely out of the blue, start getting chased. It's exhilarating and exciting, and I seriously could not put my iPad down! It's utterly amazing when Samantha begins to learn to harness her powers.
I absolutely adored each and every character. Even the 'evil' ones. They were all well written and again, the development in both protagonists is touching. I am so looking forward to the sequel. Agggh, the ending just about killed me! I really can't wait to see what else Leah Giarrantano has in store for us!
Overall Rating: 4 stars~ Kept me holding on until the very end!
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I've been awake here since lights out, wondering how to lay all this out for you.
'I am a witch. I might put a spell on you.'
'Too late,' he said.
'Either way,' Samantha said, 'Your tower will crumble.'