Monday, September 14, 2015

Review: Hallowed (Waters Dark and Deep #1) by Monica Leonelle

Hallowed (Waters Dark and Deep #1) 
Book: Hallowed (Waters Dark and Deep #1)
Author: Monica Leonelle
Publisher: Spaulding House 
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
The van Rossum siblings have lost their mother, but little do they know that all her secrets died with her.

Secrets about her magical origins. Secrets that could get them killed.

Brie van Rossum has always been the baby of the family, until she discovers that she is a Hallow, a descendant of humans and archangels. Oh, and that everything her mother has ever told her is a lie. Now, she has to protect her family and there is no room for error; if she makes a single mistake she could lose everything, including the people she loves. But the people who claim they can help her have their own motives, and she has no idea who to trust as she navigates her new reality.

Pilot van Rossum feels like his life is spinning out of control. His mother has passed away recently, his family is constantly hounded by the media, and he can’t figure out how to control his younger sister. He turns to a beautiful stranger for solace and quickly becomes wrapped up in her world. But she has her own demons, demons that threaten to come between them unless Pilot can change her mind.

A broken family, a deadly secret, an impossible romance… Hallowed is the first book in Waters Dark and Deep, a sexy new young adult urban fantasy series by Monica Leonelle (recommended for mature teens 14+).

This short novel is 47,500 words (roughly 225 printed pages).

My Review: 
Hallowed is a fast, fun and well written story. I was pulled in right from the beginning and was left wanting more when I finished reading it.

Brie and her brother Pilot move to Hawaii to live with their rock star dad after their mom is killed in a plane crash. Brie is struggling with making friends, her relationship with her dad, dodging the paparazzi and when finding out that she is a Hallow. She is not just any Hallow though, she is a powerful one. Pilot has his own issues, trying to keep Brie out of trouble and his feelings toward a girl named Kennedy. It doesn't take long before things start getting out of control. Once others, both good and evil find out what Brie is it seems everyone is after her.

The story is told from different view points which I liked. The author did a great job setting up the scenes and giving the reader just enough without giving too much away. It was so good that I didn't want to put it down. I would recommend this young adult fantasy readers. I really enjoyed it and am excited to find out what is in store for rest of the series. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any other way.

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