Author: Eli Lang
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
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Living between worlds has never been comfortable, but it’s where I’ve always fit: between human and fey, illness and health, magic and reality.
I’ve spent the last six years looking for a cure for the nameless sickness eating me up. If I believed there was one out there, I would keep searching. But there isn’t, so I’ve come back home, where my past and present tangle. Come home to live . . . and to die.
But my father insists I meet Kin. He’s a healer, and determined to help, even though I’m not so hopeful anymore. But Kin isn’t what I expected, in any way. He sees me, not my illness. He reminds me of what it’s like to be alive. And I can’t help falling for him, even though I know it isn’t fair to either of us.
Kin thinks he has the cure I’ve been looking for, but it’s a cure that will change everything: me, my life, my heart. If I refuse, I could lose Kin. But if I take it, I might lose myself.
I received this book as an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Luca is very sick and he knows he doesn't have long to live. After spending the last few years searching the world for a cure, he returns home without an answer and without hope. Just as depression is fully settling in, Kin walks into Luca's life and everything is set on its head.
The interesting plot, the dynamic romance, and the wonderful world building, while perfectly written, did not matter in any way in this book. Emotion and the pull between hate and love, depression and happiness, and every other feeling in between, were the stars of this book. Luca and Kin's pain, their love, and their sorrow leapt out of the pages and yanked me firmly into their lives and their stories. This is a book that will alternatively have you laughing and crying as the emotion firmly overwhelms you, and that was a truly beautiful thing to read.
My only complaint with this book was it was a bit too long. It dragged in places. Luca spends most of the book stumbling around, trying to overcome the current bombshell that just dropped on his head, which quickly became repetitive. I found that I needed to put this book down and walk away for a bit--I even stopped to read another book for a few days midway through Half--so I could muster up the energy to read Luca's latest round of depression. Yes, some of the emotion was so heavy on my shoulders that I needed to back away to give myself time to breathe and process, but mostly I stepped away to regain my interest in what was overall a very well written story. If I didn't like the book, or if I didn't think it was worthwhile, I wouldn't have returned to it, let alone finished reading it. This book was definitely worth my while.
The emotion in this book was amazingly written with so many beautiful facets to each bit of drama that cropped up. The story did feel a little repetitive at times, which made it drag a little, but overall this was absolutely a beautifully written book. I do recommend it, however I recommend you read it in privacy because you will start laughing or crying out loud as the emotion begins to seep into you.
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