I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher Bloomsbury Childrens UK via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Quick fire review
This. Is. Amazing!
If you love a dark read with lots of suspense and interesting characters then I suggest you pick this up. There are some great plot twists scattered throughout that gave the book a suspenseful edge that keeps you hooked. Zoe is a great main character and her counterparts served her and the overall story perfectly. The writing in this is absolutely superb and this twisted tale is executed fantastically.
It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.
X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.
Gripping and full of heart, this epic journey will bring readers right to the edge of everything.
I’m going to keep this review as light on the details as possible given it isn’t released until January 2017.
I fell madly in love with this world and I’m sure you will too.
I’m always so delighted when I get the chance to discover a new author and become a dedicated fan. Giles writing is absolutely phenomenal. Every page is as vividly detailed as the last and he has crafted this flawed little world that feels alive from the very first page. The author certainly has a knack for writing one hell of a setting and I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of jealousy at the idea I wouldn’t get to visit this blizzardy landscape.
The story in itself is completely original and will have you hooked from the get go. Giles has populated his story with some quirky and mysterious characters that you will love and hate at various points in this journey. I also appreciated the small group of characters present. Instead of filling his story with characters for the sake of it, he really takes the time to flesh out our main crew and make them count. I have to give special mention to the relationship between Zoe and X because watching them navigate these intensely suspenseful moments was my favourite part about reading this book.
If you enjoy adventure, romance, quirky characters and an all around epic fantasy read, then you need to add this to your TBR and keep an eye out for its release in January. I know I’ll be keeping an eye on Jeff Giles from now on.
All I need now is a physical copy to add to my shelf…and make my friends read.
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