Nadette can tell when people are lying. Something goes off in her head when someone isn’t telling the truth. For the past two years, the Balasura have been trying to get her into their world and for two years she has been able to say no. But now they are no longer playing nice and have entered her world in order to get to join them.
Julian can deceive anyone. With his mother in her own world, lying is the only way he can keep it together. The only joy in his life comes from Orane, a Balasura who helps Julian face his fears. But when he is killed, he fines that Orane wasn’t the person he thought he was and has been targeting children for their special gifts.
Julian knows that Nadette is being targeted and it is his as well as Nadette’s only chance at something real.
I didn’t read the first book but as I was reading it, I didn’t feel like I was missing something. Anyway, this was a rough read for me because I didn’t particularly care for either of the characters. They weren’t badly written but something was missing. I can’t say they were lacked passion; I believe it was a lack of authenticity. I know you can’t really make a fantasy book authentic but they should be believable. Julian’s circumstances was believable but he wasn’t. Nadette was unbelievable from beginning to end. No personalities is a huge issue for me and neither one of them had any personality that didn’t include their abilities.
I did like the premises of the story. Orane, came to Julian in his dreams and that is part creepy and cool because dreams open a unlimited world in a sense. I wish it was developed more; it seemed so short. Julian, because he cannot detect liars, went into their world unlike Nadette but after two chapters it was done. I wanted more.
There was lag in the story, which caused my attention to drift in and out but it wasn’t horrible that I had to put the book down and call it a night. I thought that the author did a really good job with details and settings. But the ending was predictable and it cut off too fast.
Overall, it was okay. I am not 100% if I have this reaction because I didn’t read the first book but literally as I was reading this I did not feel as if I was missing part of the story.