Granted, this is book two in the series, so I highly recommend reading the first book, Sorcerer's Luck, before you start this one. The series itself is interesting because it deals with Norse mythology in modern-day San Francisco, and a relationship that begins incredibly quickly but is grounded in past lives. I loved the exploration of the main characters' past lives, how they connect with what happens to them in their current life, and how they affect the relationships they form with others.
This book was nominated for a Goodreads Choice award this year, and I was surprised it didn't win. At least it came in second!
I adored the main character, through all her faults and inability to understand she was dealing with things that were much too adult for her. Her character in death was beautifully contemplative and I loved how she was able to see, along with the reader, the impulse of youth contrasted with the reflection of consequences. We all forget, as teenagers, that our actions have repercussions. Even in our adult life it's hard to picture what will happen if we make this decision or that one. In death we are able to see exactly how everything Leiyin did in her youth contributed to the events around her, even without her knowledge or comprehension.
I recommend this book to all fantasy lovers who also like YA fiction. There is some brutality involved, but I felt it was well-done and inherently relevant to the story. The continuation in book two was also a great read, and I'm looking forward to finishing the series this year.
I read some pretty awesome books this year, not all included in this retrospective. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I did! And don't forget to set your goals for 2015. I look forward to seeing how everyone completes their journeys in reading next year!