Author: Meredith Katz
Title: Empty Vessels
Pairing: Poly (M/M/M), Bi
Rating: Four Petals
On the Author's Website:
In the aftermath of a terrible accident, Keith is left with anxiety and depression. He's also left with psychic powers, a ghost following him around, and the unwanted knowledge that not everyone in the world is human—some are something other. In the midst of all this turmoil, it's the ghost, Lucas, who becomes his closest friend.
But when Keith starts having prophetic dreams about horrible monsters hunting Others down, he can't remain uninvolved anymore. Against his better judgment, and with Lucas's support, Keith begins to pursue the truth of what's really out there, what sorts of people they are, and what his own role could be in this strange new world of spirits and monsters.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Keith has had a difficult time lately. His life was saved in a car accident, but he's now haunted by Lucas and suddenly has magical powers. It's been difficult to cope and most people around him think he's crazy, but he is coping. At least, until a dream about terrible monsters attacking the supernatural community embroils him in the fight to stop said monsters.
This book was a page turner. I had to keep reading to know what was going to happen next until suddenly the book ended. I was very disappointed to learn this book wasn't going to be part of a series because the magic, the characterizations, and the romantic relationship were all so interesting that I couldn't help wanting more.
Katz managed to balance a human with magical powers, a ghost, and a stag all interacting together. This included their various quirks like the stag being vegetarian, the ghost not being able to sleep, and Keith having to deal with college tests. It all came together really nicely in a way that was completely believable. I do admit that the villain of the story could have used a touch more depth, but aside from that I had no complaints.
I had trouble putting this book down, so of course I have to recommend it. The plot, characterizations, and romantic relationship were all crafted into a beautiful story that kept my interest until the end.
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