Lily was a normal girl, until her mother died. From that time on, her anger alone could tear down buildings. Hoping to help her, and hide her, her family moved from place to place and tried to keep what she could do a secret.
Samuel died in 1819, or so he thought. Hours after his throat was cut, he woke up. Unable to die, he tried to help others while trying to overcome his own depression over being unable to die.
I actually went back and forth over whether to give this 2 stars or 3. The story line was great and I enjoyed reading it. We are treated by two stories, essentially. One is Lily’s and the other is Samuel’s. As the book progresses, we get to see what happened to Samuel as he approaches Lily’s timeline. In flashbacks and bits and pieces, we learn all about Lily’s life from the time her mother died until the end.
What bothered me the most was the use of tenses themselves. Samuel’s story read like a dream. It was perfect and moved along at a great pace and kept me interested. However, Lily’s story was difficult to read. Not because of what happened to her, but because the use of tenses in the story itself changed. Is there such a thing as too present of a tense? If not, you see it here. It drove me so nuts I almost set down the book. I would have too, if the author hadn’t introduced Samuel’s story so early in the book.
In my opinion, this book needs a good going over and a healthy fix of Lily’s storyline. Once that is done, this book would be an incredible read and easily would have gotten 5 stars from me. As it was, it did hold my attention well enough until the end. By then, my mind was absently fixing the tenses that were bothering me. It was a struggle to get there, but I don’t regret reading the book.