Title: A Chance for Charity
Series: The Immortal Ones, #1
Author: S.L. Baum
Publisher: Self Published
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
A new family has just arrived in the isolated mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. Welcome the Johnstons – Jason (a doctor), Rachel (a designer), and their niece Emily (a current High School Senior).
Emily has lived the life of a quiet loner in the past, trying to go unnoticed. But with Telluride being such a small and welcoming town, she finds a group of friends at school almost immediately. When Emily meets Link (another new transplant in town) her world turns upside down. She doesn’t understand why she feels a magnetic pull toward him, or why she unknowingly lets her guard down around him. Link is just as confused by his own need to be with her.
Emily knows she is playing with fire. She should be doing whatever she can to keep herself isolated, to keep Link from getting too close. Danger has a way of finding Emily’s family – that is what keeps them on the move. They arrive in a new town every few years – it is safer that way.
Because… Emily isn’t really Emily… her real name is Charity – and Charity has an even bigger secret. Charity and her family are not like other people, they have “skills” that mere mortals cannot begin to comprehend.
Before long, Charity is struggling with the reality that her two lives are coming closer to each other with each passing day. Soon Link will find himself wrapped in a supernatural world that he never knew existed – and discover that mortals are not the only beings that walk this earth.
Charity, oh no it’s Emily this time, has arrived at the umpteenth town. And she’s been enrolled as a Senior in High School. Again. But in order to keep their secrets, Charity and her family don’t have another choice than keep moving from town to town. Because she and her “aunt and uncle” are not like ordinary humans. In fact they are nothing like them at all: they are Immortal. Charity won’t grow older and has to be very careful to hurt herself. It’s easy to be found out if you have extraordinary healing skills.
Usually Charity keeps her distance from her classmates. Cause she never knows when she has to pack and run. In Telluride things are different. It’s harder to keep the people away. Everyone knows everyone here. And for the first time in years she got friends!
And then there’s Link. She met him during a walk. He helps her hobble to her home, after she fell down a hill. It’s actually quite hard to pretend to be hurt (her body healed already). But besides the danger of getting to know him more, she immediately feels a pull, a familiarity coming from him. He seems so familiar, but how is that possible? As far as she knows she hasn’t seen him before…
Link also has that recognition. He and Charity grow closer and closer the more time they spend together. But even then Charity remains cautious with opening her heart. She doesn’t want to experience everything all over again…..
It was a bit hard for me to sort out the feelings I experienced while reading this book. It’s easy to get in the story and turn page after page, without overly annoying things to take your attention away from the story. It was a nice book to read. Nothing breathtakingly good or I-want-to throw-it -away-as-far-as possible bad. Just an enjoyable story where nothing really stood out. These are the hardest books to write a review about, in my experience ;).
Well, what CAN I say about the story? It felt a bit like I was reading Twilight, but then from Edward’s perspective. Not that this is Twilight in a new coat or that it resembles even a bit. It’s a total different book. It’s just that this was how I imagined Edward would have felt, the emotions he would have experienced when he met Bella. Except the problems with the drinking blood, the shiny part and the fact that the protagonist is a female. Although blood eventually plays an important role ^^
One thing I liked about the book is the connection between Charity’s past and Link (what an appropriate name 😉 ). It was so touching, cause this way she’ll never forget and he’ll be always with her. And it just means that some things are meant to be (hope this was cryptic enough and no it’s not Link I’m talking about 😉 ) It’s just a shame that nowadays most books I read rely on the instant chemical attraction or soul mate business. There’s no gradually falling in love anymore. Fortunately this book is different. Here the build up is slowly, gradually. And it’s not instant attraction, instead there’s the feeling of having met someone before ^^
A little thing that bothered me, though, was the way shifters are used. It wasn’t anything like the usual facts I’ve read about (for instance they can change in several different animals, which is cool ^^), but the way they were defined in this book wasn’t exactly to my liking. I’m just a very big Shifter Lover, so I prefer reading things a bit differently than that^^
3 HEARTS. A nice story about a new kind of vampire, without all the blood and shiny and I’ll-burn-in-the-sun stuff. With a love transcended through time. It’s a nice turn of events to follow the story through the eyes of the paranormal being instead of the mortal. The romance is slowly being build, not like the instant attraction you read about so often lately. Although I’m not that fond of the way shifters are portrayed.
What did you think of it? Please leave a comment 😉
The Immortal Ones
- A Chance for Charity
- My Link in Time
- Of Fire and Brimstone (Elizabeth’s Novella)