One incident is all it takes to change your life. For Sophie it happened the day the fox attacked her.
When Sophie moves to university, she is finally happy; reunited with her best friend and spending time doing the one thing she loves, art.
Life’s perfect. Or is it?
In Fosswell, nothing is as it seems. People are dying, secrets are big, and danger hides in every shadow. Sophie’s changing too; could it be anything to do with a recent fox bite? And why does she find a creepy, old house and the boy who lives there so compelling? All becomes clear when she falls under the spell of the seductive Sebastian and learns his family’s secret.
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Overall I absolutely loved this book and would have instantly rated it five stars if not for a few things that really disturbed me and unfortunately made it hard to completely enjoy. With that being said I will try to highlight the pros and cons and let you decide for yourself.
I am going to start with what I didn't like since it is a small list…actually it is only one thing and that is the sexuality. There are two fairly brutal scenes where a man tries to rape the main character, Sophie. I get that the author wanted to show that this man is brutal and takes what he wants, but I feel it definitely could be done in another way. Aside from that there is a lot of sexuality between Sophie and her boyfriend Sebastian. You probably think that I am old fashioned, and maybe I am, but I do not believe that sex should have any place in YA books. This book is promoted as being for ages 14+ and I definitely think that these scenes are way to intense for readers that young. That being said, this was my only problem with this book. Other than this the book is amazingly wonderful!
The story line is a new twist to the YA paranormal romance. Sophie is a typical teen with a boring life. She is getting ready to go away to college with her best friend Beth, and hoping that it will change her life. Just before leaving she is bitten by a fox and this bite sets off a series of strange events. Life just keeps getting stranger once Sophie arrives in her new town and starts college. She meets some very strange characters and gets sucked in to a strange world that she never knew existed.
The characters in this book are all well written. The bad guys are written in such a way that they are unnerving and seem to ooze evil. They are cruel and ruthless and will stop at nothing to destroy Sophie and her friends. Then there are the good guys. Sebastian, Sophie’s amazing boyfriend, and his family are quite an eclectic group of people and they all have great stories of their own. My favorite character of all was Conner, Sebastian’s cousin. I love to root for a good underdog character and he is an amazing one. He has had a rough childhood and has always been in the shadow of Sebastian. When he is first introduced he is socially awkward and very quiet. He finds himself falling for Sophie and I can’t help but to want them to end up together, despite her relationship with Sebastian. Sebastian is nice enough but Connor is so endearing I can’t help but root for him.
The ending is also a great cliff hanger. Sebastian, Sophie and his family are hot on the trail of THE bad guy and just as it looks like they are going to get him he disappears in to a portal to his dimension. Now they have to decide if they are capable of following him and fighting him on his home turf. I can’t wait to see how it all ends!*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review
Parent's Guide: Like I said above there is quite a bit of sexual situations in this book. The attempted rape scenes are very intense and definitely not for young teens. Sophie's relationship with Sebastian is also very sexual.