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It starts off with a bang, and from this first few pages we really see what Kellan can go through. The book itself kind of reads like a day by day of the main characters lives. I didn't like it at first, but the further into the book I got the style grew on me.
So, we have brother and sister Kathryn and Kellan. She's a spirit outcaster, which basically means she can pull a spirit out of a person. Kellan is a vessel, which means spirits can easily enter him. Without his sister to pull out the spirit, they would drain him of all his energy. They are bound together for life because of this, but they make it work without driving each other absolutely insane.
The dialogue is colorful. I love Kath, but Kellan rubs me the wrong way. Everyone in the book is drawn to him and his aura, but he doesn't do it for me. I know he's visual eye candy, though. The physical character description is done so well, you just know you would give into his boyish charms!
I love references to what I am reading! She named dropped quite a few times with nods to the title, and I giggled like a little school girl every time I realized. The title means something, not just something, but it really means something. The book will explain it, and it all clicks into place.
The relationships in this book are weird to me. Kath and Evan I understood. The whole borderline homosexual relationship with Kellan and Evan was a little bizarre for me. I would like to think I have an open mind, but I don't think I would be too keen on the idea that the man I'm in love with has been sensual (or sexual?) with my brother as well. I also don't like how everyone is pressuring Sonya to sleep with Kellan. In one breath it's 'go at your own speed', but in the same breath it's 'oh just do it already'.
All in all? It's a mysterious supernatural read. With ghosts, succubi, shamans, and spirit animals. The book doesn't end too climatic, but I'm going on to Book 2 for sure, because I want to know what happens next with this hag from the tree.