What if you knew you had just met the other part of your soul—the one who could take away all the pain and loneliness—but no one believes you because the rugged stranger from the woods is nowhere to be found? Would you search for him? Would you be strong enough to believe he exist somewhere out in the darkness where you he found you? And if you were to finally find the stranger from the woods and learn he is like no other tale that has ever been told… would you still have the courage to love him?
Rose has no time for romance because her father has passed away from an illness plaguing her small town, and now her mother has also contracted the illness, leaving Rose’s two younger siblings to be her responsibility. But when her best friend forces her to be young for a night and celebrate her twentieth birthday with a bonfire and friends, Rose meets a stranger from the woods, and Rose soon learns he is no stranger at all. In fact, this magical being is trying to keep her… alive.
Two bloods of one will bring down the shadows, to cast, no more...
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
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I love, love, love the “ahha” moment in a story when the title makes sense. The ahha moment in this book is so,so, so good but so sad at the same time. It’s a mixed bowl of emotions and I would honestly expect nothing less from our sweet, sweet India!
If you’ve read any other book by India, you’ll know she doesn’t stick to just one genre of books. She has branched out to a few different genre’s and I think she has written them all equally well. What I really absolutely enjoy is that I have been reading her books nearly back to back and have yet to get sick of her writing style or the stories that she writes. I’ve gone through phases where I would read one author’s books back to back and by the third to fourth book in I was struggling and finding it hard to make myself read the story. I’ve not experienced this yet with India’s writing and this book makes the fourth book of hers that I’ve read. I think this says a lot about her writing style and the ability to write in a couple of different genres. The story lines are different but the detail is also vastly different from one another. It’s kind of like taking a deep breath and starting a new project.
This story is intense. It’s deep, it’s emotional, it’s pretty heavy. It’s full of detail, descriptions, and emotions. There is a lot going on at times so I feel that concentration into the story is a must, or you might get off track. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and those characters are mentioned quite often so it’s important to keep track of them all.
It’s very apparent that this story, book 1, is simply setting the stage for future books. It maps out the scenery, introduces the cast, both good and evil, and introduces us to a truly interesting story. It kind of feels like it could be a fairytale of sorts. It ends semi-abruptly and personally, I might have a little frustration towards the author for the way that she ended it. That’s simply because I wanted more. I needed more. I was hooked and I’m just kind of hanging. Now, had she continued writing the story so it could be all in one book, it would be a massive book. I appreciate where she left off but I’m silently begging for the next book.
One last thing that I feel needs mentioning was the way she wrote one particular part of the story. It was referencing the Elves’ and their ability to help one another, without expecting more, without frustration, and with joy. They didn’t need to ask for help, their fellow friends were there, with their hands out, willing to help. It was automatic and without disdain. It was so opposite of what we experience today. It caused me to pause, think of my actions, my friends’ actions, my co-worker’s actions. It made me think of how I am raising my children. It simply just made me pause and think. It was such an important message that I hope others were able to grasp its importance as much as I did.
I’d absolutely recommend this story. I feel like I’m leaving out some other major details that made this story just absolutely knock my socks off, but I hope I gave you enough information to make you want to go read this book, now. It was such a good read, I can’t wait for book two.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
India R Adams is an author/singer/songwriter who has written YA and NA novels such as Blue Waters (A Tainted Waters Novella), My Wolf and Me, Steal Me (A Haunted Roads Novel), Rain (A Stranger in the Woods Novel), Serenity (A Forever Series Novel) and also The Forever Series music.
India was born and raised in Florida but has also been so lucky as to live in Idaho (where she froze but fell in love with the small town life), Austin Texas (where she started her first book, Serenity, and met wonderful artist), and now Murphy, North Carolina (where the mountains have stolen a piece of her heart).
Being a survivor of abuse, has inspired India to let others know they have nothing to be ashamed of. She put her many years of professional theater background to the test and has written fictional stories with a shadow of her personal experiences. She says, “I’m simply finding ways to empower perfect imperfections.”
Another cause India feels needs change, is Sexual Slavery. She has joined forces with jewelers to design beautiful ways to raise money for non-profit organizations. Even though India writes about serious subjects such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and Human Trafficking, she has a magnificent sense of humor, as do the characters she creates. Perfectly balanced between laughter and tears, her readers see how to empower their own perfect imperfections.