ARC Review: Til Death by Kate Evangelista
Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.
It's always hard to get started on a book no matter how excited you are. There's always the misgiving, that certain fear that it's going to make you sad in some way.
I had my doubts when I was reading the first chapter. Hearing, more like reading, Dillan's voice and all the angst he had, I thought, this guy has more issues than my favorite magazine. I hung on and thank goodness I did.
Kate Evangelista has this way of creating new worlds and a whole new mythos to go with it. She takes time to build the world, to explain things not in the way that she would just dump all the information. She does it in a way that would make you eager to know, to make you ask questions (in a good way). Perhaps this is why I kept turning the pages of this book, I wanted to complete the picture.
But even though I had some of the answers by the end of the book, the climactic events and revelations left me with more questions to be answered. This is expected however, this is just the first book after all. And with the unexpected arrival of that character (which reminded me of the arrival of Ridley in the Beautiful Creatures movie) and the nebulous loyalties of another, the ending pumped me up for what will come next.