Ok, seriously, this YA series has me HOOKED!!!! Like woah hooked! I feel like I could easily devour ten of these books in a sitting! I’m totally and completely in LOVE!!
K, first off, very important but this book should be read AFTER Obsidian. I repeat, READ OBSIDIAN FIRST !!!!! Even though its the prequel, trust me, everything will make a lot more sense if you read it after. You won’t be missing anything, I promise. Just because these events came first, doesn’t mean they should be read first because the world is introduced in a very different way, almost expecting the reader to already be acquainted with everything so I really don’t think it would make sense to start with this.
But, that being said, if you have already read Obsidian, you’ll be sure to love this one because it fills in so many blanks about that world, the back story, the way their alien species works, the structure of their families and relationships, the way their lives are run and the intricacies of their relationship with the government, and character insight too – like what happened in Daemon’s life that made him so outwardly hostile to Katy at first, the way he sort of became the defacto protector and felt so responsible for everyone… this story has a lot of little missing puzzle pieces that help to round out the world we have already been introduced to.
This is the story of Daemon’s twin brother Dawson. The story is alluded to in Obsidian but never described in detail. All we know coming into this story was that Dawson was very loved and close to his siblings, that he fell in love with Bethany, a human girl, and that one day, they both ‘mysteriously disappeared’.
OH THE SWOON!!!! I love Daemon. I really do. But oh my Lord did I ever melt over Dawson. He was day to Daemon’s night. Hot, sweet, funny, kind, with an easy smile and a heart of gold. If Daemon was the bad boy brother, Dawson is the good boy.
He literally just falls hard and falls fast for Bethany. Its mutual and just seriously, completely adorable and swoony. Totally warmed my heart!! But… in their world, while relationships with humans are not forbidden, they are frowned on. Strongly. But Dawson doesn’t care. He’s completely smitten with Bethany and is willing to risk anything for a chance to be with her.
“I want this – I want you… More than I’ve ever wanted anything.. I want to be with you.”
As the story progressed, my heart started to clench up and the anticipation built cuz I knew where the story was headed. I was so lost in the beautiful swoon of their relationship, I didn’t want anything to happen to them. They were just too freaking perfect and happy! You know that feeling you get sometimes when you just want to pluck a couple out of their little nightmare and throw them on a happy little island together forever, yeah, I totally got that here.
It was heartbreaking watching these guys fight so hard for just a chance to be a normal couple in love. Not judged or hindered by the rules of their species.
“Nothing else mattered except the girl he cradled to him.”
Gah!! They were just so beautiful and innocent and in love and I just wanted them to be happy *clutches heart* GURK!!! I need to read more in this series! I need them to get their HEA!
The ending left me totally hanging and desperate for more!!! But, don’t worry, its a cliffhanger you should read anyways, because we already know they are “missing” from Obsidian… I’m sure their story will be dealt with as the series goes on and I can’t WAIT for it to happen!!
Like I said: Totally. Freaking. HOOKED!!!!
Highly recommended if you are looking for a new YA series!
READING ORDER + PURCHASE LINKS
#1 – OBSIDIAN (Start with this one! Read my Review.)
#0.5 – SHADOWS (Remember, DON’T start with this even though it’s the prequel. Read it after Obsidian!! TRUST ME!!!)
#2 – ONYX
#3 – OPAL