Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Thank you to Heather of Entangled Publishing, Kate Evangelista and Precious of Pinoy Book Tours for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.
I don’t read urban fantasy. Heck, I even stay away from fantasy and paranormal and if sci-fi is considered fantasy, then that’s the only thing I read. So it’s a testament of my love for Kate Evangelista (yay Filipino authors!) that I read her books and for that, her books are the only urban fantasy/paranormal I ever read. And TIL DEATH made me rethink why I’ve been dodging urban fantasy for so long. What have I been thinking??
Let’s air out a common gripe I read in the reviews that went up before mine. TIL DEATH is written in alternating perspectives of Selena and Dillan. I KNOW, that gave me a crazy twitchy grin when I was reading. However, while Selena’s is written in the first person POV, Dillan’s was written in a third person POV. I know a lot of people out there were bothered by it and I admit I was kind of lost for a moment when I realized it. Some people were never able to look past it but I’m telling you, look past it. You’ll get used to it and it would be a shame to be hindered from enjoying this novel just because of that. Now, I don’t know why Kate decided to write in different type of POVs and I’m not completely behind it as well but I honestly don’t care at this point. Haha!
With that said, I can now get on the spazzing and obsessing. OH YOU KATE. Since infatuation kills my concentration and coherence, I will grace you with a list review!
1. World-building. Good lawd. Just from the first chapter, I was hooked. I salivated from the curiosity of unraveling this whole world and set-up Kate has crafted for this book. Since I’m no urban fantasy/paranormal reader, I don’t know if these ‘creatures’ are even fresh but to me, it is definitely refreshing and unique. If you know me, the only vampire and werewolf I allow in my life are The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Teen Wolf. So when the fantastical in here involved not those two supernatural creatures and what Kate called the Illumenari, or the guys who go against those who bump in the night, I was sold. Immediately sold like Taylor Swift concert tickets. (Ha! I couldn’t resist that.) I can’t wait to get to know more of this world!
2. Plot. Then you give more oomph to that wonderful premise with a plot that has depth and twists and turns and you get yourself a highly engrossing novel. Not only was the book engaging, it had that quality where you just go deeper and deeper into the hole until you can’t get out of reading it. Props to Kate. More like, a jumping-Dianne-holding-a-banner-while-squealing to Kate. I can’t wait to unravel all the secrets and nuances of this story!
3. Characters. Selena. Dillan. Kyle. Penny. Rainer. SEBASTIAN the hellhound. Bowen. Grams. Gramps. I love everyone! While the characterizations are not ground-breakingly fresh or unique, I couldn’t quite care because the characters formed an ensemble. Their interactions and personalities just jived together, making me higly enjoy this book. I can’t wait to read about them more!
4. Romance. I’ve always had a thing for antagonistic and bickering and bantering romances so this definitely tickled me. While I’m usually not in for fireworks-and-in-this-case-Pop-Rocks-when-we-kiss type of pairings, I just couldn’t roll my eyes with Selena and Dillan. They’re just too cute when they’re pissing off each other but you can definitely sense and feel their attraction and how right they are so right for each other. Gah, TIL DEATH got me going back to being a hormonal, hearts-in-her-eyes teenager. I can’t help it but I felt like such a girl with this book. I can’t wait to read more of Selena and Dillan’s love story!
So what’s “I can’t wait to get to know more of this world!” + “I can’t wait to unravel all the secrets and nuances of this story!” + “I can’t wait to read about them more!” + “I can’t wait to read more of Selena and Dillan’s love story!” equal to? Of course it’s I CAN’T WAIT TO READ AFTER DEATH!!