When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.
When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don’t understand what’s happening to them or why, and they’re running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.
Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.
Let me start by saying WOW. Though the story starts with a fairly common premise (parent dies, child’s life turns upside-down), I was immediately pulled into this world by the gorgeous writing. Morgen has an amazing and artistic manner of stringing words together in the most beautiful way. Reminiscent of Stiefvater’s style, Morgen’s descriptions paint detailed visuals and feelings that grabbed me and didn’t let go. Emotion drips from every page. The chemistries and tensions between characters are so thick that I often found myself holding my breath, anxious to know what happened next.
I love the unique storyline and the nod to Norse Mythology—such a cool concept. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I’ve already snagged a copy of book #2 FALL. Can’t wait to follow Arionna and Dace as their story continues.
**Content Note: Little to no swearing and only one mega steamy scene.**
I still felt a little like Cinderella after the ball. Midnight gonged on the clock, and everything I’d been given disappeared.
Longing swept through me like a river, melting everything I thought I knew about myself, and reordering it.
The powerful sensation swarmed over me like a thousand little teeth nibbling on my skin, and shook me to the core.
Why does darkness always bring out unexpected tendencies in people?
Heat piled atop heat until I felt ready to flash to steam and float away on the wind.
I was always drowning with Dace, and I never seemed to care enough to make myself stop. Whether it saved me, killed me, or tore me to pieces, I wanted to keep drowning.
I saw stars shining overhead, but they were inconsequential compared to the green lights of Dace’s eyes; lightning bugs next to the aurora borealis.
Every emotion shone in his emerald eyes like little diamond fires, branding me with the truth.
I came to with a strangled sob, memory rushing up to replace my dreams the minute I surfaced.
We were not two half humans and two half wolves, but two complete humans and two complete wolves, tied so tightly together that no side of us was right without the other.
About the Author
A.K. Morgen (Ayden) lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her real like hero, Courtney, and their three crazy pets. She has a graduate degree in Criminal Justice and grand plans to save the world some day. When she’s not writing, she spends her time teaching her niece and nephews useless facts, dancing in odd places, and fundraising for nonprofits close to her heart. She’s a volunteer coordinator for her local Ronald McDonald House, and she helps care for her very special nephew, Aloshua. You can also find her dancing, hiking, reading voraciously, tweeting too much, and talking a lot.
Ayden loves weaving real-life issues (such as losing a parent, living with post-traumatic stress, etc) with mythical and fantasy elements in her work. He debut novel, Fade, was released September 7th 2012 from Curiosity Quills Press. Fade, Book One of the Ragnarok Prophesies, is a modern, romantic, and often emotional retelling of the Ragnarok prophecy (Twilight of the Gods) of Norse mythology.