Blurb: The time for closure has finally come.
Gina Gillespie is dead. That’s what the invitation to the funeral said, tucked into an envelope next to a prepaid ticket home.
It’s been two years since the summer that screwed up Ember’s life, and the time for closure has finally come. But when she returns to the island of Tulukaruk, she finds that things aren’t exactly as she remembers them. People are acting strange, and her sister claims she didn’t send a death announcement or an invitation to the funeral. Their mother has been dead for several months, having drowned earlier that year.
What’s worse, though she won’t say how or why, her sister believes that it was murder. She’s pegged it on the person Ember would have thought the least capable of such an act: the local bartender and fashion icon that took her in when her mother threw her out–Zinnia Knox.
“Let me put it this way…” Delia said, sitting down next to Ember and pushing her brunette hair out of her eyes. “You’re a…distraction, let’s say, to Acton. So you’re like a thorn in his butt. Your sister Thalia doesn’t like Acton, and he’s like a thorn in her butt, so she gets to being a thorn in Zinny’s butt. All of this is fine with me. But the thing is that when Zinny has a thorn in her butt, she gets to being a thorn in everyone’s butt. It’s one long chain of thorns and butts while you’re here.”
Damn this series is weird. Nothing really happened except that she got her memory back. I am still unsure where this story is going. But I can’t look away!!!
Okay, so I was trying to put a dent in my series reading challenge but when I checked to see how many books are in this series my eyes just about popped right outta my head. There’s like seven fricking books in this series!
So one of the things I liked about this book was the fact that she went back to the island. She belongs there no matter how many people tell her she isn’t welcome. The paranormal-ness of this book was incredibly subtle and didn’t really show itself till like half-way through. A fact that upset me because its the second book in the series so….its not a secret. Let’s see more of it please. I mean, hello? I love demons and angels, so give me more please. Another thing I loved is how dark it is. These people are evil and have no redeeming qualities and they don’t try to be good. They embrace their evilness. And I like that.
Honestly, this series makes NO sense whatsoever, there isn’t a true plot, no true climax, and no tangible antagonist. It just kinda flows with no real rhyme or reason. The characters are hard to follow because Ember’s mind is so fucked up we have no way of knowing what’s real and what’s fake.
And I think that’s what appeals to me. Trying to figure out the plot and her mind is like reading one of those choose our own adventure stories but reading it straight through. WTF right?