Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…
It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park...and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga.
But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she's forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park.
Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen’s roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty.
However, the equivalent of one of the queen’s roses is a human heart and Tamrin’s reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.
I completely got into this book. Tam makes his morning rounds and keeps an eye on all of the neighbors close to the forest in the park. It is his job to protect the Queen's rose garden. Jeanette lost her best friend Timmy on Halloween night 7 years ago in Carver Hall Park. Since then she has stayed away from it like the plague. She and her 3 best friends have complicated relationships but she is determined not to lose another friend. When a shortcut through the park leads to her picking one of the Queen's flowers, Tam must make her pay the price for that rose. This sets in motion a string of events that neither expected.
This is a teen romance and I loved it. Tam is so set on being a good knight for the Queen, regardless of how she and others treat him. Jean is the only thing that can distract him from that duty and boy does she. Both of them were good characters. I really liked the involvement of Jean's 3 friends and their stories that got woven in. I have to say it was the writing style and storyline that just wouldn't let me go though. As much as I enjoyed the characters, the author just has an addictive style that keeps your focus. I didn't like what Tam did to survive but it wasn't who he was in reality.
I rate this a 5/5. The author did a great job with these characters and keeping my attention.
Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.