Burdened (book review)
About the book:
Eighteen-year-old Tracey Warren is a ‘run-of-the-mill’ high school student on the verge of graduation. She has her friends and her fun; she has life all figured out. Or she thought she did. Her pedestrian reality crashes around her after an innocuous touch from a diabolically handsome stranger. Just one touch from Nathan Newcomb and her head and her world spins out of control. Soon she discovers that the only cure for the uneasy feelings and pain is Nathan himself. A man whose very existence balances between violent chaos and rigidly controlled dangers. Nathan knows that the life of a woman mated to a burdened Sephlem is destined for peril beyond a human’s reckoning. But Tracey calls to his desire to experience love in spite of the hazards. And Nathan’s impossibly potent magnetism draws Tracey into a bonding that will put her in mortal danger again and again. Once the pair becomes one, the threat escalates and nowhere is safe. There are enemies that lurk behind every corner. But the greatest danger may be in the bloodlines that course through Nathan’s veins.
Can a love for all time survive or will their burdened souls surrender and fade away?
Very much a young adult novel... with just a touch of heat. Totally senior in high school angst. I hate to make comparisons... but I think if you loved Twilight... you'll love Burdened. No vampires or werewolves.... but you have the gorgeous part demon guy and the typical teenage girl. They have a chance meeting and feel the immediate unearthly attraction that neither can quite control. Each time they run into each other (sometimes literally) the pull is stronger. It's a recipe for a best selling series in my book!
I think what made this story unique for me was the way the author slowly revealed what Nathan is and what he can do... as well as what it means for him and Tracey to be connected. Also, the way she slowly introduced Nathan's family and their struggle.
I also loved that running parallel to Tracey and Nathan, Tracey's BFF Glen is "mated" with Nathan's cousin, Scott. It gives a nice comparison of how being open, honest, trusting, and truthful makes for a much happier relationship than keeping secrets and not opening up. (Again.... oh. my. gosh. the angst!)
I'm so glad this book is marked as #1... because there is definitely a lot more I want to read about the burdened.
About the author:
Peiri Ann has been writing since childhood with her short stories and poetry published in school publications. She fell in love with the creation of new worlds and the people she imagined would live within them. Peiri has her Bachelor’s in Creative Writing and English and in Psychology. You can find her in the heart of the Windy City reading, writing, enjoying the loves of life.