Charcoal Tears by Jane Washington
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Seraph has a abusive dead beat dad. She aims to drudge through each day: go to school, protect her younger brother, work her secret job at a bar on nights. Sometimes it's her sanctuary when a stranger who frequents her bar shows up. She doesn't even know his name, but she can tell him anything. It's a refuge for Seraph who has never had friends and doesn't really think about it, hiding behind her black mane most of the time.
All this changes when two incredibly handsome boys come to school and start giving her attention and warmth she has never received before. However, there's a catch. There's always a catch.
This book deals with some heavy themes, depression and abuse primarily, however.
Seraph isn't a strong character looking for adventure and true love, etc. She's a girl who has been hurt, and desperately looking for reasons to live. When Noah and Cabe come into the picture, it's not an instant breath of fresh air for her. She has to learn to breathe again, so no, there is no insta-love. What there IS though, is healing, friendship, and kidness. All of which slowly, VERY slowly starts to heal Seraph's emotional and physical wounds. She stars to understand that there is a bond between Noah, Cabe, and herself. She starts to rely on that bond. Starts to realize that they're a team. Oh god it's so good.
Hetal, you keep raving about it, so why only 3 stars?? Now, some of you know I have lauded Jane Washington's other series, Beatrice Harrow- in particular- Hereditary. Charcoal Tears will make you so angry because you get no information and it drives you crazy. Answers lead to more questions. Except you know how at the end of a book you get all the answers? Well, you do here too, sorta. Like I said, it leaves you with more questions than answers though. I hated being confused throughout the whole novel. It makes things confusing and overly intricate.
Well, there you have it. Superb prose that will leave you feeling like a two year old in your "why stage." Seriously though, give it a read. I believe any fan of YA paranormal and subtle romance will enjoy this book. Plus, there is a harem of hot man. What's not to love!?