Sovereign Hope (The Hope Series #1)
by Frankie Rose
Summary: Everyone has a soul
Some are just worth more than others
Farley Hope was seventeen when her mother disappeared. In the last six months not much has changed, except that her eighteenth birthday came and went and still no sign of Moira. Her life is just as complicated as it always was. Since her father died in a car crash before she was even born, she’s officially parentless, and to top it all off she’s still suffering from the hallucinations. Mind-splitting, vivid hallucinations- the kind prone to induce night terrors and leave you whimpering under your covers like a baby.
The last thing on her mind is boys. Farley is on break from St. Judes’ when she meets Daniel. It’s not some casual run in at a party, or even a blind date with friends, though. Daniel is the guy following her in his 1970′s Dodge Charger; the guy standing at her window in the LA lunch hour traffic, trying to persuade her to leave everything behind and follow him. And he's hot as all hell.
The moment Farley lays eyes on Daniel, everything changes. He is cold and withdrawn, but there are cracks in his harsh veneer- cracks that betray the secrets he is trying so hard to hide. Farley is drawn into a world that will shake apart everything she thought she ever knew. There are truths out there that she must learn: that a person’s soul is their only real currency, and there are people who would do anything to take hers; that loving someone can hurt so much more than hating them; but, most importantly, when your future is predestined, there is little you can do to change it.
Farley Hope is prophesied.
Her coming has been awaited for hundreds of years.
She is destined to end the tyranny of the Soul Reavers.
To do so she must die.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I absolutely loved this book!
I wasn't sure what I expected from this book, but the plot turned out to be incredibly interesting and unique. I've never encounter paranormal or supernatural aspects quite like the ones presented in the book and it really kept me guessing all the way through.
The author managed to create a lot of tension between Farley and Daniel without it feeling like it was the main focus of the book. She balanced the action, danger, and slight romance perfectly. My biggest problem in a lot of books these days is that the plot and the ideas are so awesome, but the main focus is on the main character and her love interest and I thought it was refreshing that the author managed to convey so much tension between Farley and Daniel while still keeping the rest of the plot moving.
Without giving anything away, the plot is one that I've never encountered before. There was action and danger and drama and fantasy/paranormal things going on. I didn't encounter a single creature/element that I've seen before. It was tied together flawlessly to create a believable story.
All of the characters were well developed and believable to me. I loved Daniel, but Farley was also a wonderful character. She didn't play the "woe is me" card throughout the book, even when she was starting to feel as if things just kept getting worse. She was placed in this incredible odd situation that she knew nothing about, but I didn't feel like anything was over-explained or that Farley was bombarded by this new thing and then magically adjusted to it all. Farley was full of questions and had a difficult time adjusting to the new events in her life. She was also extremely brave and not afraid to put herself in danger.
The novel was descriptive and fast paced. Most of it was from Farley's point of view, but occasionally it would switch to Daniel's, so the reader was able to piece together a bit more of the story than Farley herself. It was well written and executed well. I thought it would be more predictable than it was, but I was pleasantly surprised.
This book is the first book in the Hope series. It ended leaving me wanting more, but it also left me satisfied in other ways.
I would definitely recommend this book to others and cannot wait to continue the series.