Ladies and gentleman.
Might I introduce you to the best book I’ve read so far in 2018.
(Of course, this is just my opinion and keep in mind that I haven’t read all that many books this year, but DAMN. I was not expecting this book to be… THIS.)
Okay so before I start raving, let me slide a little disclaimer in here: I was given a free copy to review and this is definitely not something I would have picked up on my own otherwise. I’m not a horse person. I don’t like reading about them, I’m not all that interested in them, and it didn’t seem like something I’d enjoy at all.
But this book had an amazing way of blending horses with magic, romance and royalty (three things I’m a complete sucker for) so I found myself truly enjoying it. The writing style was engaging, the storyline was wild and I felt so many emotions reading this book!
I highly, highly recommend it.
Tanzy Hightower is not crazy. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Crazy looks more like her mother, who studies each sunrise with the same fascination other women give tabloid magazines in the grocery store checkout line. Crazy sounds like the woman on the radio claiming there’s a whole separate world existing parallel to our own. Still, Tanzy can’t deny the tingle of recognition she feels each time she sees her mother standing at the kitchen window, or hears the panic in the woman’s voice coming through the speakers of her father’s truck.
Tanzy intends to follow her father’s footsteps into the professional horse world. But the moment she watches him die on the back of a horse in an accident she feels responsible for, everything changes.
On the first anniversary of his death, a fight with her mother drives her back to her father’s farm in the middle of a stormy night. Neither Tanzy nor life as she knows it escapes unchanged when she is struck by lightning and introduced to a world… unseen, and receives proof her father’s death was no accident.
Two strangers seem too willing to help her navigate her new reality: Vanessa Andrews, a psychiatrist who believes lightning chooses who it strikes, and Lucas, a quiet, scarred stable hand with timing that borders on either perfect or suspect. But Tanzy has secrets of her own. Desperate for answers and revenge, Tanzy must put her faith in their hands as her past comes calling, and her father’s killer closes in.
What I Liked:
1) The concept of the past life stuff, the magic and the romance.
2) The fact that this book wasn’t all about horses but it still involved horses in a really unique and awesome way.
3) Tanzy as a character, she was pretty badass.
4) The fact that every time I thought I knew something, IT CHANGED. Jadie Jones got me every single time.
What I Disliked:
1) This doesn’t subtract from the book at all or make it in any way bad, but I couldn’t stand Tanzy’s mother. God, she was the worst parent and even though all people deal with grief differently, that lady was one part neglectful, one part selfish, and one part complete cray-cray (even though it was linked back to magic, still. CRAY-CRAY.) Tanzy deserved better #JusticeForTanzy.
2) On top of her parents putting a truckload of problems on her life, EVERYONE ELSE was terrible too! I’m not going to spoil anything (and again, this doesn’t make the book bad at all) but I just felt so bad for Tanzy by the end. She was so alone and I would have some serious trust issues by that point.
I just can’t even. You guys have to read this book. You have to read it right now.
Mint Tea | The most exclusive tea rating. This book is a breath of fresh air.