Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hex a Witch and Angel Tale by Ramona Wray

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Like most girls at Rosemound High School, seventeen-year-old Lily Crane is acutely aware of Ryder Kingscott. Hands down the cutest guy in school, Ryder is cool, mysterious, and utterly untouchable…especially for Lily. For when she touches someone, Lily instantly learns all about their lives. And while such a skill might seem nifty, in truth it is wrecking Lily’s life. So she is shocked when Ryder asks her out — and even more shocked to discover he has a rival. Lucian Bell is the gorgeous new kid who can’t take his eyes off of Lily. Being pursued by two hotties should make a girl happy, but Lily is skeptical. The boys act as if they’ve met before, hating each other with a passion that could only be rooted in a dark, dangerous past. A past full of terrible secrets. The kind of secrets that could get a girl killed. (Publisher's summary from Goodreads)

Imagine being in high school and having the ability to know everything there is to know about a person merely by touching them. Pretty cool ability except for the part where that one touch causes you so much pain that you pass out. Maneuvering the halls everyday would be more than a little difficult, not to mention that having a boyfriend would be totally out of the question. Lily has had seventeen years to come to terms with her ability and the fact that everyone except her best friend J. thinks she is a freak. So when two very hot guys Ryder and Lucien, begin fighting over her, both of which she can touch without passing out, Lily’s life spins dangerously out of control.

Hex A Witch and Angel Tale is not another just another love triangle. It is also not a cutesy light read as the cover might lead you to believe. The story is expansive and the plot darkly complex. Like Lily I puzzled with the questions of who Ryder and Lucien were, why were they both vying for Lily’s attention and what was going to happen when she made her choice. While it took me a while to adjust to the author’s writing style and settle into the story, once I grew comfortable I was be-spelled and remained entangled at Wray’s skillful unfolding of a love so intense yet cursed that it spanned several lifetimes

Lily was a wonderful character. She was an independent thinker, and very sensible in how she looked at her life. She accepted that her psychic abilities and the fact that she was a witch, made her a freak in the eyes of her peers. But Lily enjoyed her solitude especially when she was in the woods gathering plants she used to make candles for her mother’s occult store. When she suddenly becomes the object of two very hot guys’ attention, she remains grounded for the most part and seeks answers with a great deal of persistence. Lily’s ability to keep her head when she finds that love might just be the death made her a true heroine.

Wray did an awesome job with both Ryder and Lucien too. Ryder’s passion and patience totally won me over. Clearly, I saw him as the right guy for Lily. Lucien, on the other hand, I was pretty sure was evil and the real reason Lily and Ryder’s love was going to fail. Then low and behold he ends up completely shocking me making the end a real nail biter.

Hex a Witch and Angel Tale is an epic tale of ill-fated lovers and the power love has to overcome space and time. It is about sacrifices too and proves that love has the power to conquer all. 

Source: Received copy for review from author

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