Contemporary · genre: fantasy · genre: fiction · genre: mystery · genre: romance · genre: supernatural · Young Adult

The Promise – Wilson, C.E

Fantasy, Supernatural, Mystery, Young Adult

3 out of 5 stars

What does it mean to be a human?
Lily Larkin is about to find out when on what should have been a day of great happiness, she is diagnosed with a rare and unbelievable disease. She is shrinking, possibly without limit.
As her life starts to spin out of control and the world starts to grow around her at an uncontrollable rate she is forced to confront her greatest fear – losing the man whom she loved from the moment she saw him. Can they stay together even though she feels her humanity slipping away? Can she trust him with her secret and, as her disease progresses, her safety and even her life? Can she trust herself?
A bittersweet story of love and loss, The Promise is a YA 
Paranormal Fantasy that will have you questioning the meaning of your own humanity and the weighing of trust against love.
What will Lily choose?
What would you choose? (From Goodreads)

This took me a lot longer to finish then I intended, but I couldn’t get as much into the story as I liked.
Lilly is a tough girl complete with tattoo’s and dreadlocks. She’s married to a wonderful man named Eric, who loves her so very much, despite her rough exterior and stubbornness.
Lily who stands at about six feet tall, realizes one day that she is shrinking. At first she tries to hide it from Eric, but he eventually notices. They are flabbergasted that Lilly is getting shorter and it doesn’t seem to be stopping. Eric’s best friend Mark researches that there could be others like Lilly out there, those that have shrunk down to about six inches, and can no longer live amongst normal humans.
Eric is adiment about trying to live a normal life with his wife, despite the fact taht she is getting smaller and smaller every day. While Lilly doesn’t want to get help from anyone and tries to do everything on her own despite being three feet tall.
I didn’t like Lily as much as I wanted to. I found her to be way to stubborn. She should have just accpeted Erics, seen that she couldn’t handle this problem on her own. Especially since Eric was so loving, caring, patient, and wanted nothing more then to see his wife happy. He wanted to help her, to show her that she wasn’t alone, but Lily had a hard time getting that through her head. She seemed to think she was a burden to Eric, even though he told her he wasn’t. Silly stubborn girl.

At the 75% mark the book really started to pick up, and I loved it. We know that Lilly isn’t alone with this shrinking disease, and she can go somewhere and be safe with others like her.
The ending was bitter sweet, and I had wished to see more of it, especially what it was like for Lilly growing up with others like her, and how she met her husband.
I wouldn’t mind reading another book about that, as this new world the author created has left me wanting to know so much more about it.

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