Synopsis as per Goodreads:
Some believe that at birth, we’re each born with some sort of guardian angel attached to us, watching from afar, but never seen by the human eye. But they’re wrong. Truth is it’s not that simple. There are certain people, special people, born of this world and of the other, who need that extra protection…that extra guidance. They go their entire lives, unaware of the other world, and unaware of the existence of their own personal watcher that watches from afar. But what happens when fate takes a turn for the worse, and The One who needs the aid of a watcher more than anyone before her can’t be found to be protected?
Bijou Fitzroy is strange. With the chaotic and unwanted gift of being an empath, she has spent her entire life as a sheltered recluse, being home schooled by her secretive overprotective grandmother, who never stays long enough in one location for Bijou to ever settle and make friends. Not only does she lack social skills, but her physical appearance is so ethereal that it beckons onlookers to look away before she has the chance to make eye contact. Oh, and things get even weirder. Besides the occasional tendency to see strange things that no one else seems to notice, sixteen-year-old Bijou has been plagued by semi-prophetic nightmares of strange creatures her entire life; yet she yearns for sleep, because it’s the only place she gets to see him…well sort of. No matter what Bijou dreams of, the faceless boy is always there like some sort of harbinger of danger, always watching, always waiting. And even though his coming always pre-empts chaos, she’s fallen in love with this boy without a face.
When Bijou and her grandmother move to Eldersburg and she starts to attend the local high school, she meets Sebastian Sinjin, a strange boy, who forces Bijou to question the world around her, and the grandmother she thought she knew. Bijou’s world begins to crumble as the creatures from her nightmares begin to take shape in her reality, the faceless boy becomes real, and town locals begin to disappear as she finds herself at the center of a war she never knew was being fought. Bijou has to stand alone and be the saviour everyone expects her to be
Bijou is a strange young girl trying to find her niche in life. She has strange dreams and is constantly plagued by other peoples emotions. She suddenly finds herself flung into high school drama with ‘mean girls’ and boys to boot!
Bijou is a loveable character. It’s hard not to root for an underdog. I also liked the fact that she finally stood up for herself and decided to put herself out there and stop home schooling.
The Not so Good:
Scene opens up: Bijou staring at herself in the mirror – hating herself. I am not a fan of self hating. I myself am not perfect – but who wants to be. Love being different from all the average Joe’s out there. The story line did seem to jump around to much. Nothing major – just something that made it hard to read the book all through. I had to put it down a few times.
The contradictions in Bijou’s character. No socially awkward teen would find it so easy to be cheeky and cute. There were some grammatical and spelling errors. I am normally not fazed by this. I guess it was just the mood I was in. Not a fan of Gigi either. This is not a bad thing. She just wasn’t someone I enjoyed reading about. This might just be because she was particularly well written as a bad character.
The characters seem well planned and well rounded off. I seem to remember some mentions in an English class in school about flat and round characters. I didn’t come upon one flat character. I loved to love some of them and I loved to hate some of them.
The novel really is what it promises to be. Something different. Something you haven’t read before.
Team Sebastian or team Niko? Uuuuh I like my bad guys… Niko!!!