"I just found you, beautiful girl. I'm not giving up on you so easily."
This novel blew me away. I received and ARC from Shelly and was over the moon to get the chance to read it. This is by far the most emotional novel in the series. I was blown way and left completely without words when I was finished with it. It is that good. I didn't think I could be MORE of a fan, but I am.
Ava and Seth have a hard start from the beginning. Back to the beginning they don't even remember. They have been set up to be the final crack in the frame of their world. They are the two that are going to change everything, It can't be that hard, can it?
Being from two different clans is the start of everything for Ava and Seth. Their entire relationship is full of circumstances that could pull them apart, but they both know that they are meant for each other. A love like that is one worth fighting for. The feelings that they experience, and the way that these are explained to us in the story, are some of the most powerful scenes I have ever read. The struggles that both Seth and Ava face while powering through these big changes are the type of struggles that make or break characters.
"You're mine, Ava. Nobody, with just a few spoken words, can undo that and take you away from me. You are completely safe with me and completely mine, I promise."
This is one of the first novels that I have read in a long while where I wasn't sure if we were going to get the happy ending that we wanted. There were lots of glimpses of possible chances for the future, and most certainly clues that we MIGHT get our happy ending. These glimpses though, were exactly that. Small possibilities that also had the chance of failure. I love when a novel can give me that, when a novel can give me the sheer terror of no happy ending.
This novel has SO many heart breaking scenes that I should have armed myself with some chocolate and a nice comfy blanket. This novel rips you to shreds. Some of these scenes most certainly had me in tears, so prepare yourself. This is your official warning.
Then we had the issue of the rest of the clans and the problems arising with the Watsons. I don't know about you, but I knew that they would be coming back. There was no way that they wouldn't want revenge for the actions of Maggie and Caleb during their journey. This novel is the own all of this series. It opens up the flood gates and starts the war that we knew was coming at some point.
I feel like I am rambling about this novel. It was so good that I still can't wrap my mind around it. You need to read it. You need to get lost in this series. Get lost with Ava and Seth.
Ava has watched her parents, Caleb and Maggie, live the perfect fairy tale, the perfect love story, played out in front of her eyes her entire life. Her family is love, life, and happiness. The Jacobsons are everything a family should be and Ava is loved and well taken care of. But the one thing that’s missing from her life is the one thing she’s waited for every day, the one thing her kind knows will make them complete, the one thing they thought was gone and lost forever.
Seth has lived with the Watsons his entire life. They’re the only family he knows, but he knows that there are things they keep from him. He knows that they lie and they do unspeakable evil, things from when he was a child that he can barely remember that cling to the edges of his memory. He barely remembers his real mother and all he knows is what he’s told. He doesn’t know what to trust. He wants to believe that the Watsons love and care for him, have his best interest at heart, but isn’t so sure of that anymore when he finally—after a lifetime of waiting for her—meets his soulmate, and the Watson’s first act is to try to take her away from him.
The Virtuoso worlds collide, hearts are exposed, humans are endangered, and the lives of Seth and Ava are changed forever. They’ll have to love without judgment or reservation, they’ll have to be wise and accepting beyond their years, they’ll have to forgive for things before they’ve even happened, they’ll have to trust without seeing, have faith without knowing, and they’ll have to light their own way in the dark when everyone else is blind to show them the way. And more than anything else…
they’ll fight like hell to keep each other.