Author: J.M Meyers
Publication Date: January 31st, 2012
Synopsis:Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift. Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.
My Thoughts: This book was really great! I was asked to review this by the Author and I didn't hesitate for a second. I was drawn in by the cover, which I think is really beautiful. Then the summary really grabbed my attention, so I am very thankful to the Author, J. Meyers, for allowing me to read and review this great book :).
The story is about twins named Sera and Luke who, for as long as they can remember, have had these special abilities. Sera's ability is that she can heal people just by touching them. Not just physical injuries, but emotional strain and stress as well. The downside to her ability is that she can't heal herself. Luke's ability is that he can see the future, he gets spontaneous visions. Sometimes they are complete, other times they come in slowly and in fragments. The downside to his ability is that he can't stop what he sees happening from actually coming true. Sera definitely sees her ability as a great gift, and she uses it for the greater good, but secretly of course. Luke however, I think he a lot of the times regrets having his ability. It seems he sees a lot of things he wish he hadn't seen, since there is nothing he can do about it.
Luke and Sera have done their absolute best at keeping their abilities a secret. After one time that Sera decided to share her abilities with someone she thought would be happy, despite Luke's warnings that that person would not be happy, they never shared their secret with a single soul ever again. They have a couple close friends, and one friend in particular that they literally spend all of their time with, her name is Fey. They allow themselves these chosen friends, but don't let anyone else in because they don't want to lie to any more people. They are so good and pure! These two are the sweetest, most caring, honest, friendly, loving, nicest people ever! And they share this bond that I am honestly quite jealous of. I wish I had a sibling that I was even slightly as close to as they are to each other. The sibling relationship Meyers created for them is just perfect. They have such amazing camaraderie, and the way they tease each other had me giggling a couple times :).
So Sera and Luke have spent their entire lives guarding their secret. But as the story unfolds we find out that almost everyone around them is keeping a pretty big secret themselves. Their own mother is holding something back from them, their best friend has a great big secret of her own, and when Sera finally lets someone else in he brings a big one with him as well! Sera and Luke end up being overwhelmed with new information that blows their world wide open! All these things that were supposed to be myth, are actually real, and they are smack in the middle of it all. Even though they think no one knows what they are capable of, in actuality, a lot of people know. They are the children of prophecy, and the entire paranormal world, or 'The Realm' as it's referred to in this book, has been waiting for them. The prophecy says they will either be the saviors or the destruction of the realm. Some beings are not willing to risk the second option. They just want them found and extinguished whether they are good or evil.
I really enjoyed the good Vs. evil in this book. There's Sera and Luke, who are obviously the good side. Then there's a couple shady characters who seem to waver between good and bad, and aren't even sure themselves which side they are going to end up on. It was so exciting to see which decisions they would make, and who's side they would ultimately pick. Though even in the end, they are still not completely sworn to one allegiance. Then their is Lillith, she is 300% evil. I could feel her dominating, eerie, loathsome presence. She is the mother of all vampires, and she wants Luke and Sera destroyed as soon as possible, because of the chance that they could be the ruin of all vampires. Even after so much attempted persuasion that they would not fulfill the dark side of the prophecy she still demands their death.
At the beginning of the book, Luke sees a vision of his sister Sera dying. So the story essentially revolves around him trying to find a way to stop this from coming true, even though he knows he can't actually change the future. Meanwhile legions of evil creatures are attempting to snuff both of them out. Will their allies be able to protect them from those who wish them dead? Will Luke find a way to alter the future and save his sister's life? How will Sera and Luke react to learning that everything they thought they knew, is not even close to what it seems? You gotta read this book to find out! I definitely recommend that you do. It was a perfect mixture of light and dark hearted-ness. A wonderful good Vs. evil story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm positive that you will to! It was nice to read a YA paranormal that revolved around love for your friends and family instead of that super hot guy next door haha :). Add this one to your TBR!