The Ultimate Sacrifice
Within our world exists a much darker world only known to a select few. Some are identified as “gifted” and brought to a special institute where they develop their own unique talent and understanding of this world within our world.
It is here Kassia finds out her talent is both dangerous and difficult to control. She has the ability to inflict pain on an individual within her sight. It is only after a friend is being attacked that she realizes her talent is much more powerful when she brings death to the attackers. Little did she know that use of such a powerful talent alerted demons to her existence.
Suddenly she is on the run with her best friend, who ironically is immune to her power, and a new kid at school she was falling for. Realizing she can’t outrun the demons, she seeks the guidance of a local shaman. The shaman explains the only escape is through her own death. In order to protect her friends and institute, she sets out to do just that.
I’m sick of hearing about vampires and werewolves. Now, the thing is zombies. But, I’ll admit it, I have a soft spot for heroines with superpowers (I may be biased, dur, The Temple), which is Jager’s fresh take on the young adult paranormal genre in “The Ultimate Sacrifice”.
This book struck me at the core and I don’t usually read YA. It’s intense nearly from beginning and all the way to the end. It is hard, fast, and brought tears to my eyes several times. Her protagonist, Kassia, is infinitely likeable, particularly for anyone who understands what its like to be outcast (and to have a temper you can’t control!) I fell in love with the love interest and Kassia’s best friend reminded me of my own. I highly recommend this book to anyone who adores young adult and the paranormal.
Five stars from me