Kate is a teenager living in a small mountain town in Australia. She doesn't consider herself to be pretty, and she certainly isn't popular. Her mother ran off when Kate was just a baby, leaving her to be raised by her grandmother, Jillian. Jillian and Kate are witches and the whole town suspects the truth even though they have been careful not to publicly demonstrate their abilities. Things start to look up when a new boy arrives in town. Jarrod Thornton is cute, if somewhat clumsy, and has powerful abilities he doesn't even seem to be aware of.
Any romantic hopes Kate has for Jarrod are quickly dashed when she discovers that he is in complete denial of his abilities. He thinks she's crazy for believing in such things. He has a desperate need to fit in so he hangs out with the in-crowd and is embarrased to even be seen with Kate. Jarrod might be oblivious to his gift, but he can't ignore the curse that is hanging over his family. As the bad luck, injuries, and accidents begin to intensify, Jarrod comes to share Kate's belief that someone with knowledge of the black arts cursed one of his ancestors with misfortune, a curse that has been inherited by each subsequent generation. The only way for Jarrod to stop the curse is to travel back in time and prevent it from being cast in the first place.
This book starts out slow. So slow, in fact, that I would put it down and then not be too excited about getting back into it again. Things improve tremendously when Jarrod and Kate travel back in time to stop the curse. There is alot more action and the characters are finally given a chance to develop a relationship. Up until that point, their tentative friendship wasn't really believable, what with Kate thinking he was a spineless coward and Jarrod thinking she was crazy. I was starting to wonder why they even wanted to be in the same room with each other. If you can get past the early stage of the book, you will be rewarded with a more interesting story and characters. The ending may be predictable, but it's still satisfying.
BEST FEATURE: The time travel. I'm always a sucker for this plot device. It's even more intriguing when the characters run across ancestors or descendants, depending on what direction in time they're traveling. Who hasn't mused about what life would be like if you go back and correct your mistakes?
WORST FEATURE: Part one of the book. I haven't read too many books that have started out this badly. Normally, the first few chapters of the book are written to grab your attention and draw you into the story. The author needs to make you care about these characters so that you keep reading. In this case, the first part of this book introduces the main characters, but you don't really care about them until part two.
PARENTAL WARNING: minor violence; sexual content is minimal and mostly consists of kissing
MY RATING: 2.5 - The beginning of the book drags it down, but it's still an interesting read nonetheless.
car – yph [kair-if] – A woman with supernatural abilities created to maintain the balance between good and evil. Regan Thompson was a normal college student with dreams of becoming a doctor. In one night, everything she cared about was wrenched away from her and she discovered that she was a caryph, and the inevitable target of a formidably powerful demon that is rising up against humanity. With the help of a secret society known as the Order of the Caryph, Regan will have to learn how to master her supernatural abilities in order to defend herself as well as mankind. An inexperienced college student, Regan will find friendship, love and confidence during her evolution into something entirely different. But an unexpected betrayal will raise the question, how do you fight someone who knows more about you than you do?
Author Lynn Moyle lives in Des Moines with her husband and two children. She is an avid reader as well as a writer, and has wanted to be an author since she was a child. She is currently working on the next installment of the Legend of the Caryph series, which will continue the story of Regan and the magical world she finds herself immersed in.