Maya Voland doesn't want to spend her senior year in the cold, isolated town of Shine, Vermont. Reeling from the death of her father and the discovery that her life is a carefully constructed set of lies, Maya wants to escape to a place where she can be invisible.
The residents of Shine can’t let Maya leave. She’s too important to their cause. A manipulator by nature, Maya was born with an extraordinary ability to influence the emotions and actions of others. Shiners will go to great lengths to train her to use those gifts to further their agenda, before other, more sinister forces intercede.
Shea Knightly has been waiting most of his life for Maya to come back home to Shine. He, too, has powers of persuasion and he’s never encountered a girl who can say no to his stunning looks and overwhelming charm. He’ll pull out all the stops to bring Maya into the fold.
Now Maya must decide—is the intense attraction she feels for Shea reciprocated, or is he just feeding her more lies to draw her into the dangerous world of the Shiners? Even if there is something real between them, what price is she willing to pay to make his cause her own?
This is the first book in the Peacemaker Series.
Maya Voland is forced to move to Shine after the tragic death of her father. As she came to Shine she unexpectedly becomes popular to most of the people of Shine. As she learns to accept her current situation she learns more about the truths that were hidden from her and that Shine is a place were people with special abilities live. Later on, she discovers her abilities with the help of Shea and learns about the "Peacemaker". She is important to Shine and she has a mission and danger lurks around them.
I find peacemaker quite refreshing. The concept of Shine, it's people, and their abilities are interesting. I find reading it in fast pace and it becomes more interesting as you read it. The budding romance of Maya and Shea builds pent up sexual frustration but it feels very real and they both connect despite always having arguments.
Maya has a strong character which I like but for me she is too headstrong and stubborn that I mostly find it annoying throughout the whole story. I hated Shea at first because their first meeting wasn't really good but then he knows when to apologize to Maya and I find it hilarious when Maya wraps him around her little finger. Tristan is a good friend for Maya as well but he too gives in to Maya's wants. Maya, once she decided on something there is no changing her mind and there was one part that I feel she deserved how she felt because it was her ignorance and plain stubbornness to push things through without thinking how it will affect her and to those people who cares for her.
I just want to mention I really hate Fallon despite what people kept saying about her.
Although Ben and Ryan are a big surprise to the story which I wasn't expecting and I can't wait for Book 2.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*