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My Rating-Middle Shelf
The first cover for this book was the girl and guy laying on the ground. To be honest, I really didn’t like it. If it weren’t for being a Shelly Crane book, I might not have read it. But the second cover is soooooo much better. It grabs your attention and doesn’t look homemade. What’s your opinion?

“Clara has it all. A wrestling star boyfriend, popular friends, all the right school activities…pretty much a perfect life…up until her parents died. Now she lives with the Pastor and his family and though they take good care of her, she feels alone. Then her boyfriend, Tate, starts to show signs of trouble when a new guy, Eli, comes to town. Clara is fascinated with him but hides it until something happens. Eli confesses to her that she gives him something he’s never had before…something he needs. Everything is about to change for this normal, pretty, popular girl in a supernatural way.”

My Review:
This book started out differently than most YA Fantasy books. Clara had everything.  Most of the time, the main character is alone and looking to fit in. This time Clara has it all it seems, on the outside. But deep down, she is alone surrounded by people who are as shallow as a tide pool.

When Eli comes into the picture, she has an automatic connection. But she feels guilty for having any type of connection due to having a boyfriend, Tate. Tate seems to be a devoted boyfriend if not a little on the overbearing side. I actually like him, at first. Once the story progressed, I started to get angrier and angrier. How could he do that? (Don’t want to give too much away)

I really like Clara in this book. She found herself and who she wanted to be, well at least who she didn’t want to be anymore. She became tired of the shallow life she was living and the shallow friends on top of that.

So the Fantasy part, Shelly introduces us to a new world of paranormal.

Eli is called a devour-paranormal who feeds off emotions. He doesn’t feel any good emotion himself only feeds off dark emotions. Until Clara, she awakens the emotions within him. Then all he wants is to feel her feelings for him which in turn increases his feelings for her which satisfies him.

As for Eli and Clara’s relationship. It grew too fast for me. At the end of this book, I was satisfied, but not so much along the way. One minute she was all into Tate, the next (when she meets Eli) she is questioning her relationship with Tate. Granted, she tried really hard not to have feelings for Eli, but… Eventually the truth comes out about Tate and his issues and Eli is there to catch her when she falls.

For the most part, this book is about Clara finding herself AND finding out the main secret of Eli and who (what) he is.  I enjoyed this book but it was not as good as Shelly Crane’s Significance Series. I guess that’s what I get for reading those books first. All in all, I would probably read this one again.  (In fact, this was my second time reading it)