Book Description (via Amazon)
A suspenseful, passionate, paranormal romance that sweeps through the emotions of first love and heartache as it traverses centuries and continents.
Michelle used to feel like she was behind in everything, especially school and relationships. Her great aunt from the old country says she is like a bland meal, "no salt or pepper". But in junior year, everything changes. Her father takes a position on the Town Council, a popular boy in school becomes interested in her, and most importantly, the Hekademos Learning Center, a private school for 'troubled' students, moves into her quiet neighborhood amidst the protests of the entire town.
After seeing the School Regent out with a group of young guys just before Christmas, Michelle is convinced that there is something odd about them. Her curiosity gets the better of her and she embarks upon a mission to figure out what is really going on. After an embarrassing fall over the school wall, Michelle meets Elliot and her ordinary 'bland' life changes its course forever.
Elliot is no ordinary human. In fact, no one at the Hekademos Learning Center is. Beautiful and fierce, they have survived throughout the millennia by weaving in and out of human events. Through them, Michelle learns that history and myths from around the world are dotted with references to their kind. Michelle falls madly in love with the ever-striking and mysterious Elliot and, as much as he tries to fight it, he develops powerful feelings for her as well.
Although Elliot carries numerous painful memories from his many pasts, he disregards his own better judgment and the advice of his friends, and finds himself falling for Michelle's offbeat personality. Their feelings grow in intensity, but when History catches up with them, the difference between their life paths threatens to destroy any future that they might have had together.
Michelle learns that there are infinite shades of gray between black and white, and has to deal with the bundle of contradictory emotions called love. After some unexpected twists during a family trip to Europe, she has to trust her intuition in order to face the danger and uncertainty of being drawn into Elliot's wondrous world. Ultimately, it is up to Michelle to make the split-second, life-altering decision that will either tear them apart forever, or give them another chance.
For the first few minutes of reading I was a unsure of how I was going to feel about the story however, about 15 minutes in I was hooked. This is not your average paranormal story line that we have all grown accustomed to reading! A. Jacob Sweeny brings you a wonderfully refreshing new outlook on the paranormal genre yet managing to give you everything you could hope for including magical phenomenons, life trials, trust, deceit, family, friendship, humor, love and fighting for that love and all that is right in the world. You will find yourself lost in the story, feeling for the characters, cheering them on and even wanting to jump into the book and slugging a couple of them as well! I loved all the different locations and historical outlooks I got to experience throughout the story as well as the many trials the main characters Michelle and Elliot went through to understand their relationship and admit to their true feelings. Another words, this is NOT one of those stories where she looks at the guy and instantly wants nothing else in the world! It's entirely opposite and one of the best books I have read this year! Would I recommend this book to others of all ages? Absolutely without a doubt! If I could give this book higher then five stars in Amazon I would! Way to go A. Jacob Sweeny you are off to an amazing start and I look highly forward to reading the continuance of this amazing series!
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