Fractured Souls #1. Entangled Teen (March 2014) Publisher
Sixteen-year-old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a daydreamer, 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. 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 drool-worthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Too bad he acts like he hates her.
When Selena learns she’s being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined, she’s had enough. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easily, especially when she discovers that Dillan isn’t what he seems…and might not actually hate her after all. Dillan might be the only person who can save her.
There are so many elements of this book that could have gone wrong. I don't know whether I was in the right mood at the right time or if this book was given to me at the exact moment I needed it, just the same everything came together wonderfully into a magically, mysterious, amazingness of a story.
Selena can see the future. But, she couldn't have possibly foreseen the troublesome, cocky yet sweet Dillan come storming into her life. The very moment they meet their connection with each other is electrifying - literally. Dillan doesn't know what to make of this inexplicable connection he has with Selena. Is she human or something else? How can her touch cause such a reaction? All he knows is that she's trouble and he needs to stay far away yet he can't seem to go anywhere without bumping into her or a moment without thinking about her.
Selena does NOT like Dillan. He stares at her like there is something wrong with her; like he hates everything she is. She won't be fooled by his bad boy charm. She has enough on her plate when she starts seeing her own bloody death. Knowing that inevitably all her premonitions come true, Selena becomes desperate. She would never have thought weeks ago that she would need the help of Dillan who she finds out is very different than the typical teenage boy.
She scowled. He liked it when she scowled. Maybe a little too much, because her nose scrunched up and the tops of her cheeks tinted pink. She clutched the handle of the feather duster so hard its feathers quivered. Her lips contorted. Whatever promises he'd made himself about avoiding her went unfulfilled. Something about her always pulled him in. Why fight it?
I completely fell for Dillan and Selena. I know in general people might pick at a couple of things they didn't like about this book however, when it came to Til Death everything worked for me. I didn't mind the bad boy image Dillan portrayed because he actually has a heart unlike some other characters I've come across. His and Selena's relationship becomes impossibly adorable. I couldn't deny that I liked this story even if it showed signs of being too... teenagery. They were always denying the feelings they had for each other that were clearly there. Their bickering and annoyance with each other was so darn cute that I couldn't help for fall for them both.
Selena has some fight in her. When she needs to she tries to handle her problems and doesn't want protection from anyone. I really respect a heroine who takes charge of her life. She has this big secret of being able to see her future. You would think it would come in handy but she can never change her fate. What she sees will happen one way or another. She has this soft spot in her that makes it so she can't help being nice. So she has this tough and sweet side to her which can be the said for Dillan too.
At the beginning Dillian could be pretty vulgar. I felt like he was being overly sold as a guy. He settles down pretty soon after he encounters Selena. He has this mysterious back story that haunts him. He is very different in that he is part of the Illumenari, a secret organization that deals with supernatural beings. There are some weird things happening in the small town of Newcastle and he is eager to investigate. He's been demoted in the organization so he's not exactly supposed to be investigating the disappearances in the town. The way the hierarchy is explained sounds like something that came out of a video game. I don't completely understand how your powers are gained or diminished but it's a pretty cool idea.
The mystery surrounding Dillan, the town, and Selena get crazy good. I'm so excited for the next book because there is so much left to explore. This book has such great fantasy, mystery, and romance mixed into the story. With the variety of creatures that come up in this story there is bound to be many more that follow. And that ending? One of the greatest cliffhangers I've ever come across. Til Death might surprise you. It's a very fun, plot-twisting type of story that captured my attention from beginning to end.