Slumber by Samantha Young
First Line: When I was a child the world smelled of summer.
Review: Have I been under a rock, how is it this is the first time I have come across a Samantha Young book. I was sucked in to the world Young created, and her writing was done so well. Needless to say I'll be adding some more of her books to my kindle.
Rogan witnessed her entire family get violently killed when she was young because of her power, now years later she is the handmaiden and very close friend of Haydyn the princess, but when Haydyn falls ill to a sleeping disease the world in which they live in starts to become pretty chaotic and Rogan is the only being who has the powers to track the one thing that will wake their princess up. So Rogan along with the royal guards and of course the Captain of the Royal Guard Wolfe who also happens to be the son of the man who killed her entire family set out on a journey to find the plant that will save their princess and their world.
I couldn't help but feel sorry for Rogan the beginning of the book which started off so brutally violent sucked me in and then as the story progressed to see how she dealt with being around the son of the man who killed her parents and her little brother was only making me feel for her character even more. Of course Rogan has Wolfe all wrong and he does not take after his father in any way but you can't tell Rogan that for the first half or so of the book. She thinks he is just like him and is plotting his revenge to kill her since because of her, his father eventually was found guilty for his crimes and killed. But boy is she wrong about Wolfe in every way imaginable.
There was some serious tension between the two characters, obviously. But I lived for the moments in which they interacted, things were so heated I couldn't get enough of the two. The relationship was so very complicated between the two especially since Rogan truly does hate Wolfe but it was interesting to see that hate slowly very slowly turn into love throughout their journey.
I also loved the world building. Young created a whole new world called Phaedra and the cities and the people within it with all their magical powers were quite entertaining to read about. And I liked that there was a lot of action in the book also, there was always something going on besides just the development of Rogan and Wolfe's relationship. Overall this is a fast paced read and I highly recommend it.
He was the last man in Phaedra I should ever trust, should ever feel anything toward. But those shades of grey just kept creeping in.