Synopsis:Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question—until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.
When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it...because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.
And they want her back.
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for review. When I fist got the request I was really interested in the story line. A girl who forgets her entire life before the age of four, and she’s the daughter of cult leaders… You have to admit that storyline is pretty grasping.
Scarlett is now 16 years old and living a normal life, she’s a normal teenager with typical views on things. She’s just your everyday ordinary girl. She attends school, like to go to the movies, hand out with her friends, annoy her older brother. But she’s hiding some deep and very dark memories in the recesses of her mind. She’s tried for years to remember them, but can’t… What she was told was all a lie, there was a fire, but what they failed to tell her was that the fire was on purpose, and the reason was because she was in danger. When Noah moves to town, this new boy takes an interest in her, he’s very good looking and she describes him looking much older then that of a sixteen year old, which is puzzling. They become instant friends, and as the story moves along it grows into more for them. Noah only has eyes for her, and little does she know that he has a hidden agenda behind those puppy dog eyes and seeming caring demeanor…
Noah has grown up sheltered, never had TV, never been to a movie, hell never been to a real school. They were raised off the land, and didn’t have all the common amenities that we grow up with. So living away from the commune is a huge deal for Noah and his family. But his commune Eternal Light has tasked him with a job, make Scarlett fall in love with you, and bring her home to them. What Noah hadn’t bargained for what how much Scarlett would infiltrate his heart and soul, changing him irrevocably in a lot of ways. Noah befriends and falls hard for the beautiful girl that is supposed to fulfill the sacrifice and lead their community into eternal life. There is only one issue… These people aren’t messing around and if Noah does what’s asked of him, that would mean the girl he loves would cease to exist…
Overall this book was good. I had a few issues with the storyline in that the characters were talking way too adult like in their dialogue to be teenagers. Some of the things that they were saying are more things you hear out of a twenty year old. When she was taken from her commune as a child at four why didn’t they change her name when they went into hiding, and change their names? They kept all the same names as they had in the past, if you running and hiding typically you’d think to change your names… My other issue with this story line was that things wrapped up way to quickly at the end and we weren’t given enough information about what happened to the residents of Eternal Light. That really bothered me a lot. I thought Noah and Scarlett had a little too much passion for each other professing love at such a young age, but I do know that some at the young age of 16 find their one true love… It’s rare but it can happen…
Overall it was still a good plot, though slightly underdeveloped at times, it had tension and angsty moments that had me furiously reading through the pages. It held my attention and kept me interested. And I really loved Noah’s character a lot!