Publication date: December 15th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
At first, teenager Annabeth Prescott thinks she’s found quite a deal when she talks down the price of an ankh pendant she discovers at a flea market. She soon wonders if the bauble is more than she’s bargained for when she faints and glimpses images from a past life in ancient Egypt.
The discovery coincides with another new find: Gabriel, a handsome young man who takes an interest in her. When she meets his twin brother C. J. at a Halloween party, she realizes they look exactly like two boys who figure prominently into her memories.
Does C. J. share the heroic qualities held by his past incarnation Sethe, her bodyguard when she was Princess Ana? Does Gabriel possess the same evil powers he wielded as Kha, the black sorcerer who sought her affection?
Love meets the supernatural in this gripping young adult paranormal romance. Readers with an interest in reincarnation, as well as ancient Egypt, will be drawn to its mystical mixture of history and hesitation as Annabeth sways between the two brothers.
Will her reincarnated soulmate win out? Or will Kha finally find the way to her heart?
We tend to be fascinated with ancient cultures, thinking they are so very different from our own, but when it comes down to it, we are all as human as ever and have the same desires. We don’t want others to tell us how to live our lives. We want to fit in while still being one of a kind. And we want to find love.
Annabeth seems to be your typical small town girl, but she has a very interesting past. One that quickly starts to become intertwined with her present. I haven’t read much in the way of reincarnation fiction, but this was certainly riveting and kept me on the edge of my seat awaiting answers.
However, I didn’t understand (as it’s never explained) how Annabeth just automatically goes along with everything as it comes up, though I can appreciate that this is the first book and thus we might learn more in a later installment.
Another thing that bothered me was the unnatural way that her family responded. Without spoiling anything, I have to say it was pretty unrealistic, especially after the huge, crazy night with the doctors and nurses. Given that she had a history of unusual sleep patterns, I suppose that makes more sense, but these parts of the story could have used more development in their continuity.
Overall, I think this book will appeal to those who enjoy YA romance with supernatural elements, especially those who are bored with vampires and weres. However, if you’re looking for a deep exploration of destiny and past lives, this one doesn’t quite fit the bill.
I loved Mrs. Lansing and would have enjoyed hearing more from her. I kept expecting there to be some link between one of the characters and Princess Ana’s sister, but that never came to pass. There are many side characters ripe for the picking and I hope we get to know them better in future books. I will definitely read the next part of this story.
Dahm went on to work as a script consultant for numerous production companies. She appeared in the acclaimed spoken word show Sit ‘N Spin and had her comedy feature spec, Due North, optioned by Michael Levy Enterprises. She sold her pitch, Survival Instinct, to Nickelodeon Original Movies.
Dahm lives with her husband and children in Los Angeles, where she focuses on writing quality material for families and young adults.