Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I love the cover! I love the colors, the font and this flower/rose looking print. Very eye catching!
Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.
With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.
This took me WAAAAY long to finish this book than I anticipated. boo. There is a lot in this books favor such as the mystery, the setting, the idea of the plot, it was all there…the execution though… not what I was hoping for.
After Maren’s mother dies she is sent to live with her only living relatives. Her deceased father’s parents, in Scotland. I LOOOVED how descriptive the author was about Scotland, it seems the author was well versed in the landscape and people there. The descriptions were well done because I felt like I was there!
Anyway Maren is grieving and has no relationship with her grandparents. But they are kind to her and leave her be. I was surprised how lenient they were towards Maren, maybe that’s cultural. She has dreams and they are vivid, of people she does and does not know and they seem to always come to pass. When she comes across a boy from one of her dreams its…insta-love. And boy does she have it…BAD.
I like Maren and thought she was overall a great character. There wasn’t much in regards to character development and that was okay for me.
As Maren gets to know this guy she’s fallen for, in a matter of a sentence, she learns more about her parents past. When a package arrives Maren has to use her puzzle solving skills to solve mysteries her mother left for her to find.
As Maren delves deeper into the world her mother tried to keep hidden from her it becomes obvious she has some very useful skills and talents that make her quite special. So when people start getting sick it’s up to Maren to find the the clues her mother left her in order to save those closest to her.
The romance is what killed this whole story for me. This had such amazing potential but if I had to hear/read one more time how gorgeous Gavin was I was going to break his face. I cannot tell you how many time I nearly stopped reading because the romance was so obnoxious. I can stand insta-love if it’s done well and has a point to it that keeps me invested in their romance. But this? I think my eyes were ready to fall out of my head from rolling so much. I could not stand the goo-goo eyes made so quickly between the characters. I was dying the whole way through it. Which really disappointed me.
Overall the story was fun and I enjoyed everything else when it didn’t involve the romance part.
Sexual Content: mild/moderate
*A HUGE Thank you to Netgalley and Blink for this free ARC copy which I got in exchange for an honest review.*