Evanescent by Gabriella Lepore
Published by: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Publication date: March 15th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.
Evanescent is like a wonderful mixture of supernatural, comedy, and romance. It was incredibly easy to get lost in and I read it in less than a day and throughly enjoyed it. Lepore has a way of effortlessly moving the plot forward with a sense of humor and continued mystery throughout the book.
The basis of this story begins when Bronwen is told by her Ada to leave their cottage immediately and go to the mysterious castle in the woods for protection. Holding a note from her Ada, she runs for her life from a monster that she didn’t know existed until moments ago. There she meets three boys that seem larger than life and learns they are immortal from drinking the blood of a dragon. I really took to Bronwen’s character by the midpoint of chapter one and instantly enjoyed her interactions with the three immortal boys she was stuck with. Felix, Alistair, and Loki reminded me of the lost boys from Peter Pan. They had their own mix of being fearless monster hunters and fearful boys of the outside world. They quite literally have shut themselves away in a castle and when Bronwen suddenly invades their lives, it both hilarious and revealing as to how the boys have been so isolated since they changed.
I do have to say that the romance between Bronwen and Felix comes on very quick and strong. I actually did not mind it since it was quite obvious that they shared a spark from the moment they met. Plus their interactions between each other were hysterical and quite unique from what I’ve usually read. Another drawback was that this book is actually quite short and could have had a lot more detailed involved. I really wanted to know more about the hellhound that was hunting her and more basics into how the supernatural world seemed to fit in this modern one.
Overall I enjoyed the book. I won’t say much about the ending other than I understood the author’s choices on how to complete it. It really is a fun, enjoyable, and quick read and I’d actually recommend it for people with some time to kill and need a good distraction.
About the Author
Gabriella Lepore lives on the coast of Wales in the United Kingdom. She began writing at an early age and grew up with a passion for all things supernatural—especially witches! She currently has six Young Adult books in print: Evanescent, The Blackheath Witches, How I Found You, Secrets In Phoenix, and The Witches of the Glass Castle books 1 & 2.
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