From the Publisher:
Thirteenth daughter. Heritage witch. Demon slayer.
They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse.
When sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan. But Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him. Complicated much?
After receiving cryptic messages from a creepy wraith and frightening threats from a demon, Shiloh finally begins to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist. Now Shiloh must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.
Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.
Let’s start with the trailer:
**This book was given to Celeste, but that did not influence the review**
Initial Thoughts: As soon as I read the first page I wanted to know what was happening! Shiloh Ravenwolf is a seemingly normal teen just hanging out in her bedroom when the scary and threatening Shadow Man crept in, and he wasn’t alone. Shiloh is able to get rid of him, although she isn’t quite sure how she pulled it off. I loved that the story jumped right into the magic, or in this case I should be saying magick, as it is referred to in this book.
The Setting: Very cool! Shiloh lives in Whispering Pines, a community that has dealt with way too many disappearances to be considered coincidences. It also seems to be foggy all the time, which fits in perfectly since the reader quickly learns Shiloh can see wraiths (ghosts, with one in particular being especially persistent) and demons (like Shadow Man). All the shadows, wraiths and demons keep trying to give her messages, but she can’t understand what they mean. At the same time Shiloh doesn’t want to understand what the messages mean because it seems like something wants to kill her, and she’d rather be oblivious to the supernatural and just be a normal teen. In keeping up with being normal Shiloh takes on a summer job at the supposedly haunted Ravenhurst Manor. This mansion is also the new home to ridiculously smoking hot Trent, who has just come into town with his father and uncle. (more about Trent in a minute ;))
The Heroine: Shiloh is young, vibrant and beautiful. While I really liked her I didn’t totally connect with her. Quite possibly because she was so young, although I’m pretty sure I had thoughts just like hers when I was that age so I didn’t hold it against her. While her sense of fashion style wasn’t mine, I could totally appreciate it because she wore it so confidently. I loved that she was snarky and had a great sense of humor. I also think that while she was selfless, she never acted foolishly and always seemed to think everything through. I honestly liked her and was entertained by her the entire book.
The Romance: Can’t have a romance without a hero. Beautifully Broken has one of my favorite types of heroes: the brooding, sexy, muscles rippling, hands running through his hair, leather jacket wearing bad boy. Trent Donovan = RAWR. I know this is YA novel, but……unf, he is walking sex. No, nothing that isn’t YA appropriate! But he certainly goes “there” and pushes the limits. I would love to
make hang out with him. Please oh please, Ms. Soule, let there be lots of Trent in the next book!
The Secondary Characters: Her friends are typical high school friends. Lots of giggles and they love each other. They all kind of blended together a bit for me, but not in a bad way. I liked Evans, Trent’s uncle, who was her boss and mentor. I think he has a lot to offer as far as support and answers go. On the opposite end is Jillian, Shiloh’s mother, who is bizarre. There’s a whole lot of secrets there!!
The Ending: While I knew Shiloh was critical to fighting against the evil I wasn’t quite sure of the whys. It did seem to tie up at the end, and the story definitely ended with a bang. It felt a little resolved, but was definitely not over. Shiloh has a lot to process: betrayals, love, death(s)!!!, and learning about herself. I’m very anxious to start Moonlight Mayhem to see how she handles things and what happens next.
Rec it? Absolutely. If you love romance, magick, and mystery this is a great novel that will have you turning the pages into the night. And, the 2nd book, Moonlight Mayhem is already out so you don’t have to wait for the next installment. Make sure you stop by for the blog tour July 24 for a sneak peak at an excerpt!