Author: A.J. Larrieu
Release Date: April 7, 2014
Publisher: Carina Press
The Shadowminds Book #1
Genre: Urban FantasyReview Copy Source: Author
Cass Weatherfield’s powers come with a deadly price.
Cass knows it was her telekinetic gift that killed a college classmate five years back, even if no one else believes her. She’s lived in hiding from her fellow shadowminds ever since, plagued by guilt and suppressing her abilities with sedatives. Until the night her past walks back into her life in the form of sexy Shane Tanner, the ex-boyfriend who trained her…and the one she left without saying goodbye.
When Shane tells her that his twin sister, Mina—Cass’s childhood friend—is missing, Cass vows to help, which means returning to New Orleans to use her dangerous skills in the search. But finding Mina only leads to darker questions. As Cass and Shane race to learn who is targeting shadowminds, they find themselves drawn to each other, body and soul. Just as their powerful intimacy reignites, events take a terrifying turn, and Cass realizes that to save the people she loves, she must embrace the powers that ruined her life.
Cass fears that her telekinetic gift will cause another death so she left the only real family she has ever had, to live in hiding where she can suppress her gifts. The guilt she feels eats away at her daily but she tries her best to live a normal life. When her ex Shane shows up looking for her help to find her best friend and his twin sister, Cass re-enters a world she vowed never to be a part of again.
As you can imagine by reading the blurb, Cass has a lot of issues due to her part in killing a classmate. The guilt and horror she feels at what happened has eaten away at her until she wants nothing to do with her gift. On top of that everyone she thinks of as family didn't believe she had anything to do with it and she felt like it made the whole situation worse. She ran from those that she loves and hides her true self away from the world she now lives in. As the story evolves you see a few different sides of Cass and get to know her and her past pretty well. Overall she is scared, she is loyal and she is powerful but it takes a while for her to realize her gifts can be used for good.
I really enjoyed the slow build up of the storyline and the slow reveal of facts pertaining to past events. It was all done really well and made the story that much more interesting. The struggles that were presented felt real and the slow romance between Cass and Shane had me rooting for them. The author left some things open and I'm ready to see what comes next.
I gave it 4/5 stars
* This book was provided free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.