Every Friday I’ll ‘feature’ a young adult book I’ve enjoyed… this week it’s Thrall book 1 in the Daughters of Lilith by Jennifer Quintenz. As a feature, I don’t do a review as much as a brief why I liked it… I don’t give away any plot twist that aren’t revealed in the author’s blurb (unlike some reviews where when I finish I think why do I need to read this book???)
Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they’re doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.
But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu – and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas.
As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren’t always clear or easy. And as for “good” and “evil” – it all depends on how we choose to act.
Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.
My thoughts ~
I really really enjoyed this book… it has one feature I usually stay away from in young adult books. High School – I didn’t enjoy going to high school and as a rule I don’t enjoy reading about teens dealing with high school drama. High school and the drama are overshadowed (in a good way) by the ‘real’ story.
Ms. Quintenz does an excellent job creating characters that I became so invested in that I was willing to endure the high school drama to see what was going to happen. The story is richly layered and while some of the ‘surprises’ are expected many aren’t and will keep the reader engaged. The story flows well. Starting with Braedyn as a normal girl. There is only about one chapter of set up before the author throws the story in high gear. I felt like I was on this insane roller coaster ride Braedyn 🙂
If you enjoy young adult fantasy with a true ‘teen’ element then I would highly recommend this book.
I’m always open to suggestions to read in the young adult category. If you are a reader of young adult and would like to do a Feature Friday, let me know. You don’t have to read fantasy/Sci-fi it would be great to have some of the other young adult genre featured.