Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…
Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.
Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.
Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.
But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.
She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesied to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever depend upon it.
3.5 Aquamarine stars
I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Even though it was cheesy as hell, it reminded me both of twilight & harry potter series, I don't care because I used to love reading these books when I was younger and I have no shame in that.
I'm not sure if everyone would have enjoyed that book. I guess it depends on the person and the mood and what are you into. For example for me the hero was perfect. I like sexy, dark, mysterious heroes. He was all that and so much more. You know we girls like this moto:
Back to the plot:
Hannah was a girl who had never met her real parents. She had been a foster kid, changing houses and not having the best experience with them. She always felt different and she couldn't fit. A little rebel who recently started having nightmares, blacking out and living her dreams quite vividly. In her dreams there's always a guy with dark hair and blue eyes.
After a blacking out her current mother takes her to a doctor and she suggests to her to go to a boarding school for people like her. The very same day Hannah joins House of Lorelei, but decides that since this is a start-over , picks a different name for her to be called. A name that she had been listening at her dreams: Anastasia.
There she finds out that everyone has abilities and they're all descendants from sea gods and goddesses. They seperate in four Orders: Sirens, Tritons, Sons of Daimon and Tydes. Anastasia [Stasia] and her roomates are all Tydes, but Stasia's revelations don't stop there. In her new school she finds the mysterious boy from her dreams, Finn. Her friends tell her to stay away from him, because he's cursed.
Soon enough she realizes that her abilities don't stop there. She has abilities that none of her friends do and Finn is the only who knows about them. There's also mystery with a murder and a legend may give the answers to every question. The ending gave chills to my body and I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
"Once you’ve been touched by darkness,
it never leaves you…"
I like stories that have to do with mythology. Maybe because I'm greek or maybe because I always loved that particular subject. Anyhow, I enjoyed this book and the characters. Loved the friendship between the girls, the mystery of Finn & the character development of the heroine. I would recommend this book to people who love fantasy, mythology and PNR.
PS: The Ball was my favorite part of the book. Can't help loving the cheesy lines and cheesy scenes. Shoot me! ;)
Arc kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.