May 21, 2012

Review: Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer

Dead Radiance
By T.G. Ayer
Paperback, 354 pages
Published February 25th 2012
by Evolved Publishing

That day I knew for sure. I'd lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe.

I finally knew what the glow meant.

I was a freak and Joshua was going to die.

Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras — Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.

The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.

Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?

I do not normally read YA. Most just don't appeal to me, however every so often a YA book has a cover that just begs to be looked at. Once I saw the cover of this book I had to know more and the blurb just really hooked me. This was a book I just had to read.

 The first 1/3 of the book was so interesting I could not put it down! Aidan and Bryn’s first meeting set the pages on fire. I loved the chemistry between them. She such an outcast trying to get through life, he the bad boy that just fits in no matter what. What could they ever have in common? Yet the sparks are there every time they are near each other. Both have secrets to hide afraid of what it would do to them or their relationship. Only through extreme trust can either of them open up and share what they are hiding. But will it be enough? Will it save them? Or are they destined to fail?

 The 2/3 of the book slowed down the pace and I just wanted to get through it, but I understood the importance of the information being given. That was the only negative I could give about this book. Some of the middle seemed to drag on as Bryn learned about her past and what her future held.

 The final third totally picked back up the action and I was right back to page turning moments. I loved the journey Bryn had to take and the strength she found to do it. A real heroine destined to save those she cares about. But can she trust her instincts or those who are willing to help her? Will she succeed on the most important journey she has had to face so far in her new life?

 The end of the book was a bit of a cliff hanger and I so cannot wait for the next book to see what happens next. Suspenseful, Mysterious, Exciting, Dramatic, a must read book for any super natural or mythology lover.

4.5 of 5 stars!


  1. Wonderful review! I'm not a huge YA reader. Some are great and some not so great. I do like the cover though. I'll have to think about adding this one to my reads list.
    DeAnna Schultz

  2. I'm just not a fun of that kind of plot ((
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  3. I thought it would be much more interesting(


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