When Tyler became Connor’s interpreter, he thought all that entailed was translating the Prophet’s cryptic messages about future events.
However, it doesn’t take him long to realize Connor needs more than that. First and foremost, he needs a friend, someone who will stand up for him at the Academy, the elite school they both attend and where Connor, despite his talent, is far from popular. He also needs someone who understands that, for him, the talent of prophecy is a curse he would get rid of if he only could, a curse that pushes him toward substance abuse and oblivion.
It also doesn’t take Tyler very long before he starts seeing Connor as more than a friend, and he’s lucky enough to have Connor return his feelings. Just as things begin to settle down, however, the arrival of a new Prophet at the Academy threatens Connor’s hard-won and still-fragile peace of mind.
Through it all, Tyler is all too aware that every day brings Connor closer to being eighteen, the age of his prophesized death, two years after their first meeting.
[Because it deals with themes such as drugs and sexuality and includes some swearing, this book is intended for mature young adults.]
This m/m fantasy is an emotionally gripping and mesmerizing romantic read. Tyler thought that all he would be doing was translating the messages of a prophet, but it doesn’t take long for him to realize that Connor needs more. He needs a friend and someone that understands him and the closer he gets to Connor the more he falls for him. Just as he thinks things will be okay, a new prophet arrives at school and turns their lives upside down. And Tyler can’t forget that the date for Connor’s prophesized death is getting closer and closer.
This steady to fast paced plot keeps reader intrigued with suspense and romance. The author brings the story to life with well written words that encourage vivid images and make the reader feel as if they are part of the story. The characters are strong, compelling and grab the reader’s attention from the very beginning.
The relationship between Connor and Tyler builds slowly throughout the story as they get to know each other, but things are complicated by Connor’s status as a prophet and his looming prophesized death. The reader can’t help but get emotionally caught up in Connor’s story and empathize with all his emotional issues and Tyler captures the heart with his loyalty to his friend and all the emotional drama he has to handle to save Connor from himself.
The story itself is quite unique with an intriguing concept that captures the imagination and keeps the reader engaged to throughout. The antagonist angle adds lots of suspense and depth to the story and the characters are captivating and believable.
I found this heartwarming and sweet romance to be an enjoyable read. When I first started the book, I was a little worried that the dialogue would be a problem for me because of the way Connor talked (phrases that had a meaning). But to be honest, the author worked it into the story so smoothly that there was no problem, there was no confusion and it enhanced the story, especially toward Connor’s emotional wellbeing.
4 1/2 STARS 2 FLAMES
About Angela Yseult:
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Being a teenager can be complicated.
Being a teenager when you happen to be a Shifter, when the universe is your playground, when you live with vampires or your world is under siege by demons is even more complicated.
Or at least, that’s what Angela’s characters tell her; her own teenage years were fairly uneventful… and still, rather complicated at times, too.
She grew up in France, the quiet, bookish, geeky older sister to an athletic younger brother, and started at fourteen to put down on paper the stories that were playing in her head. Her first story was a sci-fi short set in space... and was probably sufficiently inspired by Star Wars to trigger a lawsuit!
Her next effort was a longer, also sci-fi story that earned her the first place in a novella contest in her high school. Her parents' stunned expressions upon receiving an invitation to attend the prize ceremony were interesting...although really, what did they think she was doing, typing on her electronic typewriter for hours every night?
Switching to writing in English was a process, and for a time Angela focused on more adult stories, but her first loves have called her back for too long to ignore them any longer...
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