What does it mean to be a human?
Lily Larkin is about to find out. 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?
My Rating: 4
The Promise is a unique, heart-warming romance that will lock the attention of readers throughout the entire reading experience.
Many plots seem to be the same stories retold over and over, but The Promise is not like that. The idea is very interesting, and the way the story is told keeps the reader tearing through the pages, eager to see what will happen next.
The main characters were in part a stunning achievement to the work. Lily is definitely not the average romantic lead. She is real. She made mistakes in her life that she has to live with, and she is tough around the edges. However, she also proved to be loving - and a closet romantic like the rest of us. Erik is caring, funny, and one cannot help but like him.
The romance in The Promise is sweet and really heart-warming, although it does not take up the entire novel. Still, the way that Lily and Erik stay together through a tested relationship is really remarkable, and both of them show a strength that is really admirable within characters.
The ending of The Promise is stunning, and really clearly displays the themes of living life but moving on, keeping memories to treasure instead of ending them in a negative way. Being able to look back at what happened at smile, living life to the fullest regardless of the situation that one is placed in.
It would have been nice to have learned more about the condition and why it happens, but I can understand why the story is focused on the two main characters, and that works well.
The Promise is an excellent novel for fans of romance, and is sure to please readers of all ages. An absolutely beautiful read.