Summary (from Goodreads)
Title: Counting Shadows
Author: Olivia Rivers
Publication Date: 30 June 2013
Publisher: Olivia Rivers
Two hearts, one kiss......Nothing left.
Faye’s soul-mate is everything she should hate—an Angel, an outcast, an enemy. Ashe is just one more imperfection in her life that somehow makes everything… perfect.
Until he’s murdered.
With the only person she loves ripped away, Faye sets out to avenge Ashe’s death. The task seems impossible, until she finds Lor—an Angel who looks nearly identical to Ashe’s killer. Arrogant and hot-headed, Lor is everything Ashe wasn’t. But Lor is connected to her soul-mate’s past, and Faye needs him to find the killer—even if Lor is potentially deadly.
But when Faye discovers that Ashe’s past isn’t as black and white as she thought, she faces an impossible choice: Give up the hunt, and risk the lives of others. Or continue pursuing Ashe’s murderer, and forfeit the lives of everyone in her family—including herself.
“Counting Shadows” is a YA Epic Fantasy, suitable for ages 13+.
That was freaking awesome. And I am now stuck with not knowing when the second book is out. Tell me is it tolerable??? In the beginning I was seriously confused and I am still a little but by the world Olivia has created, a little bit clarification would be better, but I took what I got. Hope for more clarification in book two.
The story follows princess Faye, who is locked in her chambers by her dad because she is different and is hunted by nearly the whole population of her kingdom which accuses her of witchcraft. She is a total rebel at heart. Defying her dad – the King, not once but twice by choosing her guardian to be human’s sworn enemy – angel, that’s something. (And seriously how did angles came to be enemies of humans???)
As always, one of my favourite characters to read about are villains, but here I was super confused who was the real villain. And that seriously drove me nuts. I agree Faye’s dad is a total asshole. Way to ensure your daughter loves you, kill her one guardian and try to kill another. And if it is true that he is scheming against his own kingdom, then he’s a total ass, and needs to be killed. On the other hand we have Asair. And nobody can defy me when I am saying he’s the main villain in this book. But still, I really couldn’t grasp some things about him. Yes he’s calculative, he’s a maniac and I think he’s crazy too. But something is still missing in his story. And I hope to get to it in book two.
I liked Faye very much. She is a really strong character, who can stand her ground. The only thing which sometimes was killing me, was her over obsession with Ashe or Jay aka her ex-guardian, aka her new guardian’s twin. And will my question wasn’t answered , did she fall in love with Lor or not?? She has to. Or otherwise it’s no fun. And while some of you may hate Lor, he is freaking awesome!!!! That’s my opinion. And you will get to like him in the end of the book and trust me you’ll be as whiny as I am, because of the amazing cliffhanger Olivia leaves us on, and because I myself have no freaking idea when the second book is out… L
As always I highlight some of the most catching phrases for me, and I though you’ll be definitely interested in these ones:
“The Angels believe each star is a broken promise”, Father murmured, staring out alongside me. “They say they’ll linger above the heads of people forever”
…”Well the Fae’s belief is happier, they think their dead transform into stars so they can look down on their loved ones forever.”
“His voice drips with sarcasm, something I’ve learned not to acknowledge. It’s the lowest form of humor”
“Justice is Law and politics and lies. Revenge actually means something”
I hope you will consider this book. I hope you will. If yes, grab your copy now, and get lost in a new worlds set up by Olivia Rivers. Happy Reading!!! And don’t forget to leave comments!!! J J