A teenage wallflower turns small-town Wyoming on its head as she grapples to hide the shocking truth of her identity in this paranormal romance.
Eleanor Anders attempts to hide in plain sight as a sophomore at Jamesford High. With senses far keener than ordinary humans and the ability to mimic animal cries, Eleanor’s survival instincts tell her it’s safer to blend in. Only her terminally ill mother, Tabitha, pays her any mind until a childhood friend moves back to town. Suddenly, everyone at Jamesford High wants a piece of David Venn, but he only has eyes for Eleanor. Thrown into the cross hairs of bloodthirsty teenage bullies and gossiping townspeople alike, Eleanor’s strange talents emerge erratically and threaten to expose her for what she truly is: something bestial between gifted and cursed. Worthen deftly sketches a flawed and enthralling character in Eleanor. She’s a complex mixture of vulnerable and dangerous that makes characters like David appear a bit bland by contrast. Jamesford pulses with lonely and foreboding atmosphere, setting the stage for the unfolding of Eleanor’s ominous secrets. Readers will clamor for more of the lore surrounding her past.
A riveting supernatural character study wrought with the pains of first love and the struggles of self-acceptance. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)