Charcoal Tears by Jane Washington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was a fast-paced and interesting introduction to the world of Seraph Black. It was by no means a standalone book, so if that will bother you – reader beware! The story revolves around Seraph’s rather abrupt introduction to a world filled with powers and pairs.
Seraph’s live revolves around protecting her little brother from their father’s abuse and trying to be as invisible as possible. She manages to eke out a life for a little while without incident until lack of food and distraction almost gets her run over by the new kid’s car. One touch from her rescuer (another new kid) informs her that strange things are afoot. Combine their obsession with her, the very involved art teacher, and her only friend from the club where she works, and Seraph starts to suddenly feel… popular? That brief reprieve ends when she starts getting threats via some pretty creepy stalker photos. Someone is able to get rather close to her without any knowledge, even after her mysterious new friends step in to offer assistance.
We get to go through this entire process along with Seraph. There is no bonus information available to us, the reader, so we are just as lost as Seraph when clues pop up. The draw she feels to her new friends, the dependency, the risks, it all combines to make for a very dangerous new world for her. Part of me wishes we got more answers in this book, but the other part of me really enjoyed the addictive nature of such a mysterious introduction. Of course, I can’t wait to get more from this series. Will these bonds prove more trouble for Seraph? Will she meet the larger organization? What about her stalker? So many questions!
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