Sixteen-year-old Dara Adengard would rather read graphic novels than do her homework and prefers the freedom of skateboarding to the restrictions of life with her military father. Stung by the recent death of her mother, Dara conceals her mom’s picture under a square of grip tape on her skateboard. But no matter how much Dara tries to keep a foothold on the past, she can’t ride away from her own destiny.
One evening, she discovers a silver and gold armlet with mysterious powers in the shadowy water of the swimming pool. Forged from an ancient meteorite metal, it possesses the power to heal or wound. When Dara holds it, it emits a light that seems to have been ignited by a star’s ray. Moments later, she is stunned to find that someone’s broken into her apartment, her father has vanished, and a dead body lies sprawled in the courtyard.
Evading the police, Dara escapes on a perilous quest for her father, begins to uncover her mother’s hidden past, and starts to realize the shocking truth about herself. Accompanied by a stray dog, Dara soars to sudden fame on the wings of a YouTube video that shows her using the Jyotisha to heal the handsome Diego of a gunshot wound. When the video goes viral, a famous TV talk show personality connects with her, and Dara is propelled from homeless runaway to worldwide sensation.
When I stared this book, I must say it was bit confusing, a bit all over the place and yet not enough info on other things. But it gets better as you go along with the story and things make a lot more sense.
I liked that while Dara was chosen she also was rather ordinary, really down to earth relatable and likeable.
The story was somewhat unique compared to some YA books out there, it has some intense moments in it.
While it is a YA read it is not dumbed down and can enjoyed by adults just as much.
Overall, I enjoyed this read quite a bit.
I rate it at 3 ½ ★
*I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!