17 year old Iris Kohl could see light beings and shadows since her 14th birthday. Enter a teacher Mr Delaney and a classmate Kyra and the shadows seemed to disappear. My first book by Dusty Crabtree saw me extremely excited with the blurb. I loved the fact that the synopsis promised me that Iris would learn to be a hero.
The book started slow with Iris traversing the landmines of school with studies, shadows and dating. She saw dark beings everywhere, and I understood her feelings of fear and avoidance initially. She even ran away when the shadowy beings attached themselves to her family. That I didn’t understand or like. One fights for the family in my books!!
This was a slow burn book where her characterization was the same till 90% of the book, wrapped in insecurity, quaking in fear till the angel showed her the truth. I liked the concept of the book, it had the beginnings of a good story. But the repetitive feelings which Iris kept saying and repetitive scenes of her running away made me skim read to the end which was enlightening. Hopefully the next book is better.
This was one heck of a ride, with the main character, Iris Kohl, leading the reigns of the plot. Here her powers were well developed, and it kept on improving and becoming stronger. I loved the way she annihilated the dark demon-y shadows.
This book saw the entire gang, teacher/guide Gregory, friends Kyra and Lexi, boyfriend Patrick all fighting the good fight against evil Lucas and Donovan. The plot read fast and straight. Dusty Crabtree was clear in her writing. There was romance and friendship along with action
The scenes were slightly repetitive as it was the same routine they did every night, go out and kill the dark shadows. The villains were just caricatures who appeared in corner, glowering at the group. Iris was still very immature, I was unable to like her completely.
Overall an enjoyable book based on a good theme good vs evil, angels vs demons.
I downloaded a digital copy of both books in the series from Kindle Unlimited, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Dusty Crabtree loves a good story, but she also loves young people. These two loves are evident in all parts of her life. She has been a high school English teacher since 2006 and a creative writing teacher since 2014. She’s also been a youth sponsor at her local church off and on for as long as she’s been teaching. She feels very blessed with the amazing opportunities she has to develop meaningful relationships with teens on a daily basis. With her love of reading in the mix, becoming an author of young adult books was just a natural development of those two passions in her life. She lives with her husband, Clayton, and two daughters in Yukon, Oklahoma, where they often serve their community as foster parents.