Every now and then comes a book I wish it would never end. This was one of them. It was very funny, I've no idea how many times I actually laughed, but it was a lot.
Seventeen-year-old Amber's forced to take a work placement in Scotland as a housekeeper during the summer holidays before she starts college. She needs the money and the job pays well.
The house is eerie, dead. Its inhabitants, sexy Aidan, his brother Kieran and beautiful Clare, are hardly ever there, always arriving at night, if ever. Amber hates the job; she has higher aspirations but lacks the money. Her brother, Dallas, persuades her to break into a shed in the woods in the middle of the night because he claims to have spied valuable gemstones through the window. The ploy goes well, until Dallas disappears and Amber's forced to find her way through the pitch black alone while being followed by a blue light.
She finds the gemstones, but someone's after her after she's just unknowingly entered a paranormal race and scooped up the first prize. Days later, strange things start to happen, like seeing people no one else can see. Aidan's suddenly starting to spend time with her, making her fall in love with him. Soon, she's exposed to an immortal world she never knew existed: a world of love bonds spun by fate, a world where demi goddesses, succubi and demon children reign, one where Shadows and vampires have been fighting to find an ancient spell book for centuries. By winning the prize, Amber's now the only one that can travel to the otherworld to retrieve the legendary book of secrets. But she's mortal, and no mortal has ever survived that journey. Who can she trust to bring her back from the dead? Sexy vampire, Aidan, who wants the book so badly but claims to have a bond with her? The Shadows, whose demon child queen feeds from her own people? Or the devil's daughter and chaos angel, Cassandra, who keeps helping Amber for no apparent reason?
I'll stop here so as not to give away too much of the plot. Let's just say a lot more's going on with various subplots that intertwine at the end very nicely.
The writing was absolutely beautiful, the strong voices, mostly Amber but a few times we get Aidan's perspective, drew me in straight away. Amber's not a whiny girl, she's fierce but also vulnerable. Aidan, her love interest, was sexy as hell. Each character suited their purpose with plenty of hidden layers to them. No one was truly good and truly bad. I liked how the author showed their emotions, motivations and what drove them to act the way they did. A very original plot, the twists kept coming with plenty of cliffhangers. But what I liked best was the voice because it really spoke to me. From the the plot, to the characters and beautiful writing, everything drew me in and kept my attention. I was also surprised to see such good editing with no grammar or spelling mistakes in an indie book, but given that Ms Scott is also a published non-fiction author this might not come as a surprise. I hope the second book in the series will be out soon.