*I’d like to thank the author for giving an ARC of this book, in exchange for my honest review.*
Firstly, this book was totally unique. I have never heard of a story that used lightning as a means for time travel. I loved it. I couldn’t wait to see how it all played out. I was really confused at first, but the further along I read in the story, the more I figured things out. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but it is a series so that isn’t unexpected. Either way, I’m loving the idea.
The main character, Evy, wasn’t one I immediately liked. She was way too stubborn, know-it-all, and hard-headed. She was also rash and impulsive, and it made me question her a lot throughout the beginning of the book. However, she does grow, and I loved watching that process. She starts off as this stubborn girl, who wants to act recklessly, and mess with things that she really has no idea about. By the end of the story, though, she’s a really different person. I love when an author can pull that off. One more thing I liked was the fact that Evy was Latina. That isn’t too common in books, so it’s really refreshing when you come across a heroine who isn’t white and thin. I loved that about her. All of this makes Evy a pretty compelling main character through which to view the events in this book.
As for other major characters in the story, I thought Constantine was intriguing. I didn’t really see when and how he turned from teacher to something more, but I like how he inspired Evy to change some of her ways of thinking. It’s easy to see how much he influenced her, and he was a good character with a great background.
I liked Evy’s father, too. It’s great to see parental figures in books, because they’re not so common. This is especially true when they aren’t the villains of the story. Speaking of which, Ilif was a great villain. There is still so much to learn about him, but when he was around, I was in full agreement with Evy’s thoughts about him, even when I wasn’t sure I quite liked her. For example, he had me hating him, and being offended with his views on women, right along with her, and that’s how you know that the author has done a great job in writing a villain.
Finally, there’s the actual plot of this story. It was interesting, because Evy had to learn about her abilities as a lightning rider, but she also had to accomplish a mission. Therefore, we got to see her testing her abilities in a lot of ways, but we also got to see her change the way she thought about right and wrong, and also how she approached life. I loved it.
Overall, this story was really good. The pace was pretty even and I can’t think of a time when I was bored, or thought that things were progressing too slowly. The only reason that this book isn’t one of my favorites is because of the romance between Evy and Constantine being so sudden, and also because Evy was so reckless and arrogant in the beginning. Other than that, there isn’t anything at all wrong with this book. With a totally original premise, solid storytelling, and good writing, this story is one you won’t want to miss.
From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers.
Jen also ghost writes billionaire legacies and romance novellas when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile.
She's a mama writer, unleashing stories.
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