“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

A sexy, spellbinding young adult paranormal romance, perfect for fans of C. C. Hunter and Maggie Stiefvater, that proves sometimes beauty is the beast…

Twilight but more Team Jacob and no Team Edward and with a gender bending aspect to this supernaturally infused town. Rain is the newbie coming to town to live with his aunt who is in law enforcement and had a mom who didn’t like small town life (think Bella with her dad). Freddie is the girl with a ‘family’ that sticks to her like glue, climbs through Rain’s window late at night and seems to have some kind of mystery surrounding her (think Edward). It also takes place in an area that is influenced by the Native American culture who were indigenous to the area and who passed down tales of man turning into beast (think Jacob’s people).

Freddie is a strong, street smart girl that doesn’t seem like the phrase “back down” is in her vocabulary; she is the polar opposite of Bella from Twilight when it comes to female protagonists. She is the perfect heroine for this generation as she isn’t the kind who will be waiting for Prince Charming to come rescue her which is good because she’s definitely in an interesting situation where she seems to be in constant danger.

Rain has more of a “I know what I want and I’m going to take it be damned the consequences” kind of attitude so another of opposite of a Twilight character – Edward.

Though there is a gender bend from Twilight feel to the book, Lindsey certainly didn’t try to capture the personalities of those characters either so we get a new story that will keep you on your toes to figure out where she’s leading us away from Meyer.

It also has a lot more graphic violence and sex infused emotions than what Meyer created. It had me reading through to the end because I needed to know how it was all going to turn out; not a bad ending.

Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for allowing me to review this!

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