Publisher: Candlemark & Gleam
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Marley Claviger is just trying to get her life together. Stumbling into an ancient conflict between celestial forces is going to make that a whole lot harder...
When Marley wakes up to a phone call from a pair of terrified children, she doesn’t expect to be pulled into a secret war. She rescues them from an empty house and promises to find their missing uncle. She even manages to feed them dinner. But she barely feels competent to manage her own life, let alone care for small children with strange, ominous powers...
And when a mysterious angelic figure shows up and tries to claim the girls, it all falls apart...
Plagued by visions of disaster, Marley has no idea what she's gotten herself into, but she knows one thing: magical or not, the kids need her.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
My Summary: One phone call can change everything.
When Marley receives a phone call in the middle of the night from her friend Zach's neices, she knows something's very wrong. Zach loves the kids and would never leave them alone for so long, but his prolonged absence is starting to worry her. With nothing else to do but pick up the kids and take them back to her place, Marley takes up the position of temporary guardian until Zach can be found.
But what Marley didn't expect to find out was that there's something a little different about the girls - something supernatural. As things begin to spin out of control, Marley faces things she only thought existed in storybooks. Even while everything's falling apart, there's one thing she knows for certain: she must protect the girls, whatever the cost.
My Thoughts: I definitely did not expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did! The writing was great and the author wastes no time introducing the reader to the conflict. If you're a fan of hardcore paranormal books with their own different supernatural worlds this is definitely the book for you.
Marley herself was an awesome character. When we first meet her she's a bit of a mess, but once she realizes the girls are relying on her she becomes the strong person she needs to be. I really liked that aspect of her growth in the novel alongside with the paranormal aspect.
Final Thoughts: This is a wonderful, engaging read from this debut author. Check it out if you've been in a bit of an urban fantasy slump or you're looking for something paranormal with a little more substance - you'll be glad you did.