What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin...
Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.
Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.
And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowls of an Egyptian desert ... a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected.
A Castle of Sand by Bella Forrest
4.5 out of 5
Derek makes some tough choices. All to keep Sofia alive, and with him.
Gregor is a mean SOB, and truly deserves to be punished. What he did to his family, to the humans of the shade and what he did to Sofia makes him a real ass.
Sofia still seems so hesitant at the beginning of the book with who she is, what she is capable of. But, then the lightbulb goes on and she becomes a powerful force to be reckoned with in the Shade.
So we start that the end… Or rather we start this book out with a glimpse of the future that makes us ask, “What the heck is going on?” and “Who will survive?” Actually, that is a pretty common question that I keep asking :P.
I keep trying to figure out how Vivienne’s memories play a role in everything that happens. Is it setting up the pieces or is it the prophecy itself?
I loved how Derek proved to Sofia that she was different, that she is special. Every girl should be made to feel like that by the man she loves.
I think when the light bulb went on for Derek about what he would do for her, it was awesome. But when Sofia realized what she is capable of with Derek, it because a pushing point for the novel, and was incredible.
Derek’s proposals are both so sweet, but I liked the second one. It wasn’t planned, it wasn’t fancy, it was just pure love pouring out for Sofia.
A culling, a revolt, an invasion, a war, and the questions on fulfilled prophesy… there is a lot of stuff crammed in this book. And I love that!