Started: March 5, 2016
Finished: March 15, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
I expected a Romeo and Juliet retelling with quite a predictable storyline, but that did not happen and I’m so happy that there were only tiny elements of that and that the story progressed independently!
The story starts of very R&J-ish with two characters – Lea (main character) and Val – meeting in secret as their families are bitter rivals and would never approve of them being in love. The families are assassin families of high status in their country, which is protected by the Goddess of Death and Resurrection, and both Lea and Val are highly skilled at what they do.
Then Lea’s entire family is murdered by Val’s and she is forced to go on the run, while also contemplating if Val actually loved her or if he was only seeing her in order to spy on her family for his own. Only, while on the run, she has to leave her country of Lovero and enter another, which is not protected by the Goddess of Death and Resurrection and thus the ghosts of all the dead are roaming the streets at night, looking for bodies to steal from the living.
I don’t want to write out any spoilers for this, so I’m just going to say that there are new characters entering Lea’s life while she’s trying to figure out how to get revenge and they are, sadly, not as developed as Lea (or Val) are, but they still change the story and predictability quite a lot. It’s said here on Goodreads that this will be a series and I’m definitely keeping up hopes for this because then there might be more development in that area.
This is also one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve seen so far this year! A good reason to buy the book and have it on your bookshelf 🙂