Author:Amber Lynn Natusch, Shannon Morton
Release Date: November 19, 2012
Publisher: Self Published
Light and Shadow Trilogy Book #1
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Author
A sheltered girl.
The perfect boy.
A mysterious stranger.
Random messages delivering a sobering prophecy plague Aspen's existence. With every curious encounter, her sanity wavers further. Before long, Aspen finds herself balancing the fate of humanity on her shoulders, until a single act turns her world upside down. She finds herself alone, isolated from those she thought she could trust.
Alone to damn the world.
Aspen grew up in a convent. Her parents died when she was a baby and all she has ever known was the path to good. When she sets out on her own when she hits 18 she is naive about a lot of things but ready to experience the world. Julian, a good looking young man shows up to guide her in her new life and she jumps in head first. Everything seems to be going normally until she starts getting weird visits from strangers and finds out that she is part of a prophecy that could means she alone can damn the world.
There were a few times where I wanted to smack my forehead with my Nook when Aspen didn't see what was in front of her but with her background the way it was and the way she tries to see good before bad you really couldn't fault her way of thinking to much. I did like her personality and the way she stuck by those she cared about. I personally could tell right off the bat what boy was on the side of good and evil. Julian was outgoing, caring and an all around Mr. Nice Guy. Merrick was dark and mysterious but was always there when Aspen needed him. I liked Aspen from the beginning and Julian was ok but I didn't find myself fully connecting to his character. I liked the storyline. It was a bit slow at times but the second part of the book picked up nicely and had some great twists thrown in to make up for the slow start.
I wasn't really shocked with Aspen's ending choice and I totally saw her reasoning but MY GAWD did you have to end it there? Uggh..... cliff hanger *pout* Enough Said. Absolutely no clue how her choice will affect future events and I really couldn't tell what the guys fully thought about the choice either so I'm definitely going to be picking up book 2 so I can see what the heck is going on.
I gave it 4/5 stars