They've been coming here for thousands of years, using Earth as a sanctuary to escape threats from their own kind. Mankind knows them as angels, and one of them left a child upon her death to be raised as a human.
Raea is now a high school senior, and her life as a human is about to end. The crystal shard she bears is not a pretty pendant; it's a collective of powerful entities who chose her as their Keeper, a protector of one of the four shards that power a machine capable of destroying whole worlds. Those who desire the Starfire's power have sent an agent to find her, but she's too busy evading a nosy reporter ready to exploit her secret and dating a hot new foreign student to notice. Nevermind learning what she really is.
Only one person on Earth can help her, the last person she ever expected. But he's not from Earth. Life as a human would be so much easier.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Prairie Star Publishing
(first published July 31st 2009
I was not sure how I would like this book as I had read the prequel first and without the context of the series I did not enjoy it very much. I found this book on Amazon as a free download for my kindle and decided to give it a try.
I enjoyed the concept of this read with the main character an alien who has lived on earth all of her life without knowing that she was from another planet and that she was guarding some very valuable secrets. The way the book transitioned of the main character as she began to learn about her heritage was believable and entertaining.
I did not understand her attraction to Pallin as he was odd and distant from the beginning. It was clear to the reader where the storyline was taking his character right from the beginning. I will not go in to detail so that I am not including any spoilers. On the flip side, I loved the character of Elis as the mysterious outcast. The chemistry between Raea and Elis was undeniable from the beginning even before Raea learned about his connection to her.
Overall an enjoyable read. Enough so that I have purchased the next in the series to see where it will go. I must explain how I rated this book. I have given it a four star rating however it is based on what it is. This is a YA series and I am by no means a YA. If I were to rate this against some of the great novels overall that I have read it would be a three star. I am rating this a four in the YA category against other YA novels I have read and the rating stands alone in this category.