Sunday, October 4, 2015

Charcoal Tears by Jane Washington (Seraph Black, #1)

Charcoal Tears
by Jane Washington

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Seraph Black - Book 1
Publication Date: September 14, 2015
Publisher: Jane Washington
Genre: YA Fantasy | Coming of Age
Print Length: 268 pages
Available from: Amazon
 
“You see, there is safety in simplicity… in a life of simple peace, where the electricity doesn’t dance across the backs of my eyelids, and the sparks don’t slither over my consciousness. Only asinine peace, where my paintings don’t seem to paint themselves, leaving me with terrible feelings of premonition and a chill beneath my fingernails.”


Seraph Black used to think that she was prepared for anything. She could last days without eating, and she always walked away from the violent altercations with her father relatively unharmed. She even survived working at the club, surrounded by the dregs of society, all staring into their bottles instead of noticing the unravelling lives that trailed behind them.

She had thought that she could survive anything, but she wasn’t prepared for Noah and Cabe to come bulldozing into her life, careless of the precious secrets they picked apart in their quest to take over her world. She was even less prepared for the mysterious Miro and Silas, but most of all…
Most of all… it was the stalker that threatened her talent for surviving. She wasn’t ready for the photos, and the messages. The warnings. The threats.

Seraph’s life of surviving in the shadows was over, because the searchlight had found her, and there was nowhere that she could hide.

 
Charcoal Tears by Jane Washington (Seraph Black, #1)

Charcoal Tears (Seraph Black Book 1)Meet Seraph Black. She’s a survivor, she’s proven it, time and again. Just stay calm, stay under the radar and keep surviving, not always easy, but it works, or at least it had until her world changes with just the screech of some tires. Cue the music, backlighting and action…two of the most overpowering and handsome teens to ever grace her school have arrived, and they make it their mission to stick to Seraph like white on rice. Noah and Cabe are larger than life, hotter than Hades and they know more about Seraph’s secrets than she does, perhaps because they have secrets of their own? What of Miro and Silas? With their own air of power and mystery, they too are part of Seraph’s new world, a world where Seraph is being stalked, threatened and spied on, a world where her very privacy becomes fodder for the school gossip mills. Who is out to get Seraph? Why? Is it because of the mysterious power of her paintings? What do they know that she doesn’t and why do they want to kill her?

Enter Seraph’s world, meet “the boys” and discover who and what Seraph is, right along with her. Charcoal Tears by Jane Washington is like falling through the rabbit hole into a deadly encounter in another world unknown to humans and it was hard to leave behind when the last page was finished. Visualize the world through Seraph’s eyes, see her struggle to believe in and accept that she needs these guys as much as they need her, but is her real Prince Charming among them? Are they all her champions in their own way? Will they keep her safe and destroy the stalker before it’s too late or will they find this veiled evil too powerful to destroy?

When the story teller is this brilliant, this creative and knows how to “set the hook” this well, there is always room for another great YA fantasy! All hail the level-headed heroine, the lack of whiny angst and of course, the hot heroes! Jane Washington is setting the bar high for herself, with clever dialogue, a hint of humor, shrouded threats and an entirely new race to learn about. I have the feeling the ending will torture me until I get my hands on the next book in this series. Until then, all I can say is, “No, you did not just write that…and…”

I received this copy from Jane Washington in exchange for my honest review.



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