What happens when an ominous phenomenon forces people’s negativity to manifest into demonic creatures called Umbra Shades that spread Apathy Syndrome to its victims?In a violent and corrupted world ruled by negative intentions, a seventeen-year-old girl with the ability to purge these demons wants nothing more than a better tomorrow… But will she be able to protect her loved ones and save humanity with it? (Goodreads)
This was a fun paranormal fantasy romance. I don’t often read these types of books, especially not in the YA age category. Tells doesn’t hold back as she discusses the social justice issues that are running throughout this story. She tackles not only race but also LGBTQIA+, and woman’s issues.
The story follow Hira who, at the beginning of the book, is pulled over by the police while going on a date with her boyfriend. Things happen and the boyfriend ends up getting shot by the police. During the incident a strange light hits Hira and her boyfriend. When Hira finally awakens she notices that she now has powers that allow her to see apathy clouds over all of the people around her. These apathy clouds can manifest into a demon like shadow creature, Umbra Shades.
The strengths of this story is the world. Tells has built a world that is both imaginative and unique. I liked how she took time with creating this physical manifestations of emotions. Also, I really enjoyed Hira and Helene’s friendship. It was great to see two people become such good friends. The last thing was how she included social justice issues and there was actual push back from the people in the story. There is a trans boy in the story and everyone respectfully uses their preferred pronouns. It wasn’t even an issue that was brought up.
The weaknesses of the story for me was that there was a lot thrown into the book. While I think some things were handled very well, others could have been left out because I don’t feel they added a whole lot. I see what the author was doing, as this is a foundational book for the series, it just felt like a lot.
Overall, if you are looking for a fun paranormal fantasy with some grit, I would definitely recommend this book to you.
***Thank you to Caffeine Book Tours and the author for a copy of this book. All views expressed are my own.****
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