Sunday, February 9, 2014

Echoes of Balance by Cally Ryanne

 Echoes of Balance (The Ways Trilogy, #1)
 For Chloe Moraine, fighting wild bears– and the occasional vampire– is a better pastime than the tediousness of keeping the universe in balance. But balancing is the family business. It comes with being one of the last in the ancient line of Naimei.

So when the impending return of the Original Demons threatens global harmony, Chloe is obligated to help. Even when that means the dull-as-dirt task of following a human girl who “might be involved, maybe,” instead of the thrilling hunt she craves.

With their powerful magic and ancient Ways, Chloe’s family is unconcerned, certain they’ll quickly fix the imbalance while she’s preoccupied with human high school. But when the Ways start to fail, the threat becomes more serious, and the only person that seems to know anything is a debonair vampire with an offer to help.

If Chloe chooses to trust him, and the darker side of the supernatural he represents, she’ll betray her family and risk losing them, and herself, in the process. But if he’s right, he may just be their only chance to stop the return of the Originals and save the world.

Maybe high school won’t be so boring after all.

This is a great beginning to what promises to be a thrilling trilogy. If you think you have had enough of vampires and the supernatural, think again.

This young adult novel sets up a very interesting world, where beings called the Naimei work to balance the forces in the universe. The protagonist, Chloe, is a spunky character, with lots of attitude to love and none of the tendencies that some other YA heroines have for endless whining. But all the characters are well developed and interesting. Josef is just the right amount of cocky and mysterious, so that as you read you don’t know whether you want to slap him or snuggle up to him.

What impressed me most was the very last chapter. I won’t give anything away, of course, but let me just say it had some truly scary moments. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt frightened by a book, but this one did it!

If you are looking for a great, fresh young adult trilogy to sink your teeth into, then I highly recommend this one. 

Buy it here!

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