Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop."----------
The boy—intense, beautiful—is Will Cohen, a newcomer to the island. For reasons he can't or won't explain, he's drawn to Scarlett and feels compelled to keep her safe. To keep her from wasting away. His meddling irritates Scarlett, though she can't deny her attraction to him. As their relationship blossoms into love, Scarlett's body slowly awakens at Will's touch. But just when her grief begins to ebb, she makes a startling discovery about Will, a discovery he's been grappling with himself. A discovery that threatens to force them apart. And if it does, Scarlett fears she will unravel all over again.
All around me, the island prepared to die.----------
ARC copy (published: November 13, 2012) won from Kristi at The Story Siren----------
4 stars out of 5----------
Sacred is about Scarlet whose brother just died. Scarlet is severely depressed, wasting away to nothing. Then Will comes along and brings her back from the edge.
Scarlet starves herself and she's cut herself off from her friends. The only time she really feels alive is when she's riding her horse. When Will enters her life, she starts to realize how wrong what she's doing is and makes a decision to stop. I enjoyed both characters.
The forces they were struggling against were mostly abstract. Both Scarlet's depression and Will's supernatural powers get in the way of their relationship. And then there's Andy, Scarlet's ex. He's a big fat jerk. I hated him from the start.
It was a good book Be sure to pick it up when it's released.