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Forgetting who you are, your ambitions, your passions is crippling….but remembering – embracing your purpose with a new sense of determination is more than empowering….it’s life altering. Charlie Myers is on a life altering path that will cause the dammed to humble in silence.
One night…just a few friends, how could it go so wrong? That was the question seventeen year old Charlie Myers was asking when she found herself in the ER. Outwardly nothing was wrong with Charlie, she was a vision of perfect heath, internally she was battling a raging headache…one the doctor told her she would overcome shortly, but Charlie knew something else was wrong …very wrong.
Part of her had been stolen…she was missing memories. Those memories were sacred. They held the key to her sanity. They told her that the sinister whispers, the shadows that came to life before her were not as ominous as she felt they were. They held the bond with her late father, a famed musician. They caused her to forget the one talent that allowed her to face the darkness that haunted her every waking hour. They also masked a much deeper bond, the face of the one that had stolen her heart, long before the age of seventeen.
Sitting in the ER with her angry mother she couldn’t figure out what she was missing, or even how. Her thoughts told her that she needed to protect Britain, a friend of hers, but that didn’t make any sense – Britain didn’t need to be protected from anyone, he was strong, young, and absurdly wealthy. Charlie also knew that even though her friend Bianca called Charlie her best friend, she didn’t trust her …she was almost sure she despised her, but she couldn’t figure out why, or understand how random thoughts were telling her that she adored both Britain and Bianca – that they were her saviors – that they brought silence to the unstoppable whispers, but the silence scared Charlie. In her mind anyone or anything that could bring silence to something that dark could not be good.
Charlie wanted to stay in NY, figure out what she was missing, why, and who was behind it all, but her mother had other plans. Against her will, Charlie was sent to Salem to live with her sister, within that small town Charlie found her memories and so much more.
Her story begins now.
Magee knocked this one out of the park! A home run! This was one of the most unique and fascinating plots I’ve ever read.
Just before her high school graduation, Charlie awakes in the hospital. She just doesn’t remember exactly how she got there, and worse, she is missing huge blocks of memory. She does remember that she is done hanging around with her friend Bianca. She just can’t figure out what she was supposed to remember about helping their mutual friend Britain.
Charlie’s mom decides that Charlie needs to spend the summer with her sister Kara back where she grew up. Her first day back they stop at a restaurant and Charlie has a crazy pull towards a guy (Draven) there. She quickly learns that she should remember him and some other important people in her life. The crazy thing is, she’s struggling with all of this while taunting shadows are following her around, and the only thing that seems to help is the music.
The closest thing I could relate this book to is the movie August Rush. The only comparison, though, is the whole magic in music theme. The story flows easily right from the start, but you are left feeling confused. This is only because Charlie is completely confused and trying to piece things back together. Plus, there are still questions she’s never had the answers to. Jamie does an excellent job weaving it all together so it all makes sense. The characters were well developed, but at the same time, you’re trying to figure the people out with Charlie. The bond between Charlie and Draven is intense, and you feel it. You also feel all the tension and fear Charlie feels.
The plot was laid out incredibly well. You’re slowly fed more information to figure out what exactly has happened to Charlie. The world Magee created was so relatable, and yet so different at the same time. I give this a whole-hearted 5 star rating!! While the characters in the story would fit in the new adult category, I’d still highly recommend this to those of you that love YA Fantasy Romances. I can NOT wait to read the rest of this series!!
About the Author
Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.
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