That all changes when one of the Morries from the wrong side of town hurts herself and Hailey helps her somehow, using a new force flowing through her veins to reach out and touch the other girl. You would think she would be grateful, but the gap between Hailey and the rest of the kids at her school grows instead. Hailey is changing, and the creepy men who hang around her grandmothers house are noticing those changes, and some of them seem to expect something from Hailey. It seems as though a power is growing inside Hailey, a pull towards those that are hurt, and when she lays her hands on them they heal. Things get even more complicated when Hailey's aunt arrives back in town - an aunt that Hailey never even knew existed - but fairs fair because she had no idea that Hailey existed. Hailey is a Healer, and she is more powerful than she knows, and there are people who will stop at nothing to control her life and push her down the path that they have chosen.
This was a great read, adding to the increasing range of paranormal reads for teen readers. This is one of the better series, relying on a sound mythology and well considered writing rather than relying on cliched love interests and eternal/undying love. Hailey is a strong character with an intense loyalty to her foster brother Chub, and who has to face some difficult decisions in a short space of time. Her world sits within ours yet has an element of the supernatural, but you can see it easily being part of our world. This is the first book in the series and leaves you with some interesting thoughts and hopes for the second book. This could easily be made into a movie or TV series as the mythology leaves a lot of room to create drama, suspense, and the paranormal elements too.
If you like this book then try:
- Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield
- The demon trappers daughter by Jana Oliver
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
- Invisibel touch by Kelly Parra
- Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
- Firespell: a novel of the elite by Chloe Neill
Reviewed by Brilla