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In the annals of dysfunctional families, the Chisholm’s are working their way to the top. Drug abuse, an unwed mother with multiple fathers, and the questionable cash flow for the ‘pretty one’. All this from a seemingly normal, two parent middle class family. But were the choices truly made of their free will? Bad choices are a Chisholm family trait, one that confounds the youngest child, Ellie, who’s trying to separate herself by making smart decisions. And falling for Oscar Jeffreys, the hottest guy at school, would be number one on the list of Chisholm family disasters. Yet the crazy part is it’s not a one sided attraction. Somehow Ellie has caught Oscar Jeffreys’ eye. Sure she could see the barriers between them. Race, age, popularity. They were at opposite ends of the spectrum. But a demon set to destroy her family? She can’t see that. Oscar provides security and acceptance Ellie never imagined she deserved. As the passion of first love grows, Ellie honestly believes she has a chance to beat the odds and live a happy, normal life. Then her world collapses around her. With the help of a guardian angel, Ellie learns of a world that has unknowingly surrounded her for years. And she’ll have to find strength buried deep inside to save not only her future, but flush out and stop the demon in her midst. And Ellie will have to learn that sometimes the hardest lesson about growing up is accepting that you’re worth more.
My Review: It’s about time an author had to courage to dive into young adult multicultural paranormal romance. (That’s a lengthy title for a genre, isn’t it?) Chrysalis is breaking new ground, but that isn’t why I love it. I love it because it’s a good old-fashioned love story. Ellie and Oscar face not only the typical challenges many teens today are confronted with, but they must also face a Demon who has been after Ellie’s family. Paranormal elements are interwoven with romance, sports, and friendship. Themes explored in this book include loyalty, courage, and the importance of finding yourself.
Mom Alert: As a parent, I appreciate that the female lead character undergoes tremendous personal growth. Ellie doesn’t sit around waiting for her hero to save her; she makes a choice to fight for what she deserves. She fights for her family, for Oscar, and for herself. Though I think this book has some valuable lessons for today’s teen, I would use caution in buying this book for teens under the age of fourteen or fifteen (depending on their maturity level). This is not a book for preteens. There are some passionate scenes, but these are tasteful and appropriate for young adults and older teens.