Initially I was not invested in this story – I skip read the pages and got the gist but then the story hit and I couldn’t put the book down. I read it in less than 3 hours.
At times the story pulls at your heart strings. At other times it challenges your perceptions. There is a story underneath the story. The search for meaning and truth.
Love, truth, bravery. ‘the more I think about them the more it feels like they’re all talking about a lot of different things put together’ ‘the more I think about them and say them over, the less sense they make’
The wonder of Gaia and Terra (pun) and is there more to the universe than we can conceive us? The tesseract of life. The sounds of a boy from earth trying to be brave and trying to find the truth’
The ‘old’ rich still have to keep up appearances and thus when down in the cash they don’t invite people home – and they manage to ‘turn’ their designer dresses into a new dress through clever handiwork – and shop in discount stores far from home.
So Emma lives her life as her father has managed to gamble and drink the family fortune away.
But as we see, Emma has a talent. She can design clothes. And she has 2 friends who can help her set up a business – and so they do – but her father still manages to put a spoke in their wheel.
The initial 3 books form a solid story about Xoe the 16 year old who suddenly finds she is not who she thought she was. For a start her father was a demon. And then she finds that her temper is rather uncontrollable and she just sets fire to things.
Each book ends on a cliff hanger and each book starts exactly where the previous book ends. This is effectively therefore one very long long book divided up into 3 parts.
The trilogy gets a 4 for a YA audience, but I found the final 3 books in the series rather short and less stimulating and original. I was going to give them a 3 but the final story – Ghosts – wraps up Xoe nicely and thus I’m going to stay with the 4.
Overall a good YA read with demons, ghosts, witches, vampires, and werewolves.