For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town’s throwaways isn’t exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can't keep his fists to himself doesn’t help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her.
When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can’t explain it all away… until one day dream guy does find her.
Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime. However, someone else has already found her… and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she’s ever known—even if that life doesn’t include him.
This book pulled me in from the first page. Lena is a 17 year old, eagerly awaiting the day she turns 18. Not for the normal teenage reasons but so she can escape the torture she has lived in her whole life. What she doesn't know is that the life she is living now is punishment for a life she lived before. Tarek has been searching for Lena for the past 17 years and finally found her, only so did someone else.
I have to start out by saying that the author did a great job with the characters. They were relateable and well written, not unrealistic and forced. Lena is freaked out by what has started happening to her, Tarek has to protect her. Her best friend, her boss, the lunch lady and others are her support and protection that she doesn't even realize. The love between Tarek and Lena is the same from their previous life together but so different. She knows him from her dreams but she now lives this human life, not their life together. Solid 4/5. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author!
Thank you to the publisher/author for the review copy of this book (via Lady Amber's Tours). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.