Wow. Just Wow.
H.D.- you've just bought yourself a life-long fan. I've already read her Alexa Montgomery series, and loved it... but this was oh, so different. Just the cover is so alluring- I honestly wanted to read just upon hearing she wrote it, and seeing the beautiful cover art. And then I started the book... Wow. I can't stop saying that!
"Mondays, as I knew them, had a nasty habit of flinging crap and flipping on fans."
While Joe is the main character, the story is still told from 8 different perspectives. You get inside the psychopathic mind of The Decider; absolutely chilling. Joe's more innocent (and jaded at the same time) clairvoyant mind. A soon-to-be-retired professor looking forward to her 'freedom', a heart broken college student longing for his first love, a stressed young girl on the precipice of an irrevocable choice, an ex-convict trying to rebuild a life and connect with his daughter, a single mom trying to raise two boys and improve their lives, and a young man drawn to Joe finally finding the courage to approach her. They all have their own story to tell, and make you root for each of them and empathize with their struggles. No one is perfect, life can change on a dime and end in a moment.
"Claire had a hole in her heart the size of Texas"
Towards the end, there was an amazing technique of running points of view together... almost a stream of thoughts jumping from character to character. It was amazing. It was not difficult to follow and had an chilling effect on me... it gave me goose-pimples. Words just cannot express how impressed I was with this book.
"Faith. County fairs, carnivals and circuses always made Mina think of it. More so than any Bible study"
If you are a fan of Koontz's Odd Thomas books, this paranormal thriller will be right up your alley. It was simply stunning. Joe was vulnerable and strong; scared and brave; a soldier of fate. I absolutely loved it.
"But that's life, baby, and that shit ain't always fair."
H. D. Gordon is the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga. Blood Warrior, the first book of the Alexa series was her debut novel and has held a spot in the top 100 fantasy bestsellers for over a month. Half Black Soul is the second book in this series and H. D. plans to complete Alexa’s tales by the end of 2012. In June of 2012, Joe, a fantasy novel about a young clairvoyant, was released as well. H. D. is a lifelong reader and writer, a true lover of words. When she is not reading or writing she is raising her two daughters, playing a little guitar, and spending time with her family. She is twenty three years old and lives in the northeastern United States.
*H.D. gets the honor of being the first review where I've used my spiffy and new rating system!*