by Ingrid J. Adams
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Pub Date 27 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 15 Oct 2023
For fans of Stephenie Meyer, Diana Gabaldon, and Matt Haig, DESCENDED ponders whether love can endure, life after life.
FOR SOME, THE MEMBRANE BETWEEN REALMS IS STRETCHED THIN...
Set in Australia in the early 90s, DESCENDED is the first in a four book series featuring Indigo Wolfe , the guy everybody wants to be or be with. But he's barely holding on by a thread. Because Indigo isn't what he seems. He has secrets. And he's so often consumed - by the pain, by the darkness, by all he can feel and hear and see that no one else can.
Why is he plagued by abilities others are not?
When he meets the ethereal Cordelia Carlisle, he's hit with a sense of recognition that traverses lifetimes. He's welcomed into her family and as they grow closer he lets her see the parts of him he keeps hidden. The only thing he can't show her is she's everything to him.
When they're torn apart, Indigo descends into darkness, bombarded by that which is not of this world.
Indigo must choose whether to give up, or whether to fight - for himself, for answers, and for Cordelia, the girl he seems destined to love and to lose over and over, life after life... Unless this time, he can get it right.
Fresh, original & deeply moving, this award nominated debut is the inaugural novel of Australian author Ingrid J. Adams, and the first in a four book series for the upper YA/NA market.
"You know you've read an amazing book when you simply cannot stop thinking about the topic and the characters long after lights out. I guarantee you this book will stay with you long after you've finished reading it." Gia Green, Reviewer.
"A tragedy of our time is the shocking suicide rate among young boys which makes this book very timely. This extremely readable book will offer hope to young confused kids. While a struggling teenage child may not be keen to read a text book, this novel will address unanswered questions in a non-preachy way." Ruby Gilbert, Reviewer.
"So relatable. I felt it was very real and raw in some parts… no holding back on reality of what happens for kids growing up… even if it was in the 90’s. It is an insight of how our teenagers are coping, and that continues now in today’s world even more so." Georgie Hookway, Reviewer.
"If you get the feeling you don’t quite fit the mold this life is pushing you into, read this book. It will shine a light on a new perspective, and encourage you to look a little deeper. What you do from there is up to you…your own fork in the road." Kari Hamele, Reviewer.
"Ever felt a love so deep, it hurts? This book is a reminder that true loves and true friendships transcend across time and a place between here and a parallel universe...a place where fantasy and reality are one and the same...this book captured my curious young foolish heart!" Lorelie Luna Ladiges, Reviewer.
"descended is like Puberty Blues meets Twilight. I absolutely loved the read and can't wait for this book to be made into a movie - if only for the soundtrack!" Juliet Downey, Reviewer.
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This was a wonderfully nostalgic trip back in time and I hungrily devoured every word.
The characters, plot, & writing was just so fun and touching. Absolutely cannot wait for book two!
If you're looking for a bingable book with the 'hit you in the feels' vibes of reading Stephanie Meyer for the first time, this is it!
TYSM for letting me be an ARC reader for this one.
(I will definitely be including this in one of my weekly tiktok giveaways. @hauntedhousebooks)
Set in the early 90s, this book took me by surprise and completely swept me away. As a product of the 90s myself this felt like floating back in time and I found myself blasting those favourite 90s rock anthems, so that alone warrants all the stars from me.
Nostalgia aside this book felt like breath of fresh air, in a captivating and emotionally impactful way. It navigates heavy themes of abuse, depression, suicide, and substance abuse. Spanning over 5 years, the character development felt on point and accurate to each age and stage of life. I thought the pacing was perfect, as I never wanted to put it down. A well written and thought provoking coming of age story, weaving together fantasy elements with the very real realities of suicide, and depression.
The idea of a love that can traverse time is always going to be yes for me, I'm a endless romantic.
The ending didn't surprise, I did see it coming but not in a disappointing way. I think it was perfect set up for the next book and I can't wait to see where this story goes!!
Thank you to Netgalley and Shawline Publishing for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.