RIFT, by Rachael Craw, Candlewick Publishing


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For generations, the Rangers of Black Water Island have guarded the Old Herd against horrors released by the Rift. Cal West, an apprentice Ranger with a rare scar and even rarer gifts, fights daily to prove he belongs within their ranks. After nine years away, Meg Archer returns to her childhood home only to find the Island is facing a new threat that not even the Rangers are prepared for. Meg and Cal can’t ignore their attraction, but can they face their darkest fears to save the Island from disaster?

Out October 2019

368 Pages Approx.

MY THOUGHTS:

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Holy crap on a cracker! This is truly a remarkable book. As I was reading, and clearly I have no idea why, but I kept thinking back on a movie called, Wolf. It’s about spirit-walkers accused of shifting into wolves and killing evil doers of a Corporate Conglomerate Developing Agency bent on destroying in order to make more money. This was not the case in the movie and there lay yet an even darker, more sinister killer… a giant wolf pack that is protecting something… I won’t go on in case I spoil things…

Anyway. This book caught and held my attention right up to the very end. It’s a YA novel, magical realism, filled with supernatural creatures, a mystery, a romance, lots of drama and action. The romance part…eh! Take it or leave it. It was just too forced for my liking. But the rest… wow! Love the role of the Rangers! Love the mystery of the rift! Love the suspenseful build of the climax! Love the strength of message! Love the pacing! Love, love, love!

The characters were interesting, fractured and flawed, multi-layered and fully developed. The romance between them was a bit awkward and really quite unnecessary. The secrets of the corporation are smash me in the head awesome! Especially, their takedown. A bit of fantasy mixed with reality.

Everything ties up nicely with excellent resolution and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read and review this book! Now, BUY IT! You won’t be disappointed.

I gave this book:

5-star

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