After more than three centuries as a carrier spirit, Mara has finally found a willing host in sixteen-year-old Belinda. She sets out to help Belinda find the missing ingredient in her life: love.
Belinda agrees to let Mara help her fall in love so Mara can earn her body back. But Belinda has only agreed to their arrangement because she desperately hopes that a new romance will help her finally get over her failed date with her best friend, Frankie.
With the promise of a new body, Mara dares to hope she can repair her broken spirit. With sweet and handsome Conor as her new boyfriend, Belinda dares to hope she has found someone who can mend her broken heart. Until a spirit with whom Mara shares a dark past begins possessing Conor. Now a war is waging inside and outside Belinda's body and she quickly discovers what Mara has known for centuries:
Falling in love is as dangerous as exorcising evil spirits.
I really liked the premise of this book as it is a subject that I have thought about before. What happens to a spirit that has been shattered or torn from their body too soon and unable to make its way back. The idea of spirits friendly or other wise trying to make contact with us in our daily lives. I am a big fan of T.S. Welti's work I really enjoy her writing style, her characters are flawed and relatable. I enjoyed the interactions between Mara and Belinda as they grow to know each other and reveal Mara's intentions, fears and insecurities. The relationship between Belinda and Frankie is complicated they have been best friend forever and yet there is more under the surface, Belinda doesn't know which is more important to explore it or to hold onto the love that they share and keep their friendship intact. Then there is Connor and Darius and what a mess that is, poor Connor doesn't know up from down, I kinda want to know his side of the story and the cluster of emotions going on on his end cause i'm betting it would be pretty interesting. Welti isn't a fan of happy endings and while she didn't kill anyone off she kinda left me feeling mixed emotions about the ending, I'm feeling a little unresolved she is just leaving it up to the reader to imagine how things proceed in the future neither riding off into the sunset to live happily ever after but also not abandoning all hope of a blooming relationship. I can't wait to see what happens. Great job!
I give this book a 4 out of 5 star rating.
I was gifted a e-copy version of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.