A review by novelbloglover
The White Aura by Felicia Tatum


Book Review
Title: The White Aura
Author: Felicia Tatum
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Romance
Rating: *****
Review: The opening to The White Aura was great, we are following Scott and Olivia. Olivia keeps having vivid and sometimes steamy dreams about a mysterious man she has never met. We learn that Scott is a very powerful sorcerer and Olivia is his heart mate but because of a powerful curse he can't meet her before her 18th birthday or she will die, we also see he uses his ability of dream walking in order to invade her dreams. I loved the dual perspectives in the novel as well learn more about the characters individually rather than as a couple which is a common trope in YA novels.
As we approach the 1/4 mark in the novel we see Olivia changing, she is attracted to a boy called Aiden at her school but is torn because of her mystery man but she isn't sure he is real or just a figment of her imagination. I also found Olivia's parents to be very strange and it feels like they are hiding something from Olivia all the while we are wondering what Scott is going to do especially if Olivia gets involved with Aiden. I liked the fact there were no chapters but just one continuous story told from two perspectives which is something I don't see a lot of. As we cross the 1/4 mark in the novel, Scott is looking for a way to break the curse on their family and along the way he learns that Aiden is also a sorcerer and an evil one at that. At this point I was really getting into the novel and some of the characters mentioned I recognized from Scornful Sadie and was really eager to see what happened to them as it is only hinted at in the Dark Sorceress series. Scott believes Aiden is the Crimson Calamitous, a very dark sorcerer who swore revenge after his lover Delana was murdered we also get hints that Aiden somehow is going to use Olivia to bring Delana back. Scott knows she is in danger around Aiden but he can't risk revealing himself to her without killing her, for now he just lingers in the back of her mind keeping watch. Olivia during this time also begins to feel something is wrong with Aiden and this could be her own powers awakening or just her intuition.
As we approach the half way mark in the novel Olivia knows things about Scott and does her best to believe and trust him while Scott continues to watch over her while looking for a way to break the curse and deal with the Crimson Calamitous without being Olivia in more danger. We also discover the real reason why the Crimson Calamitous aka CC wants Olivia and what he intends to do with her given the chance. As we cross into the second half of the novel, Olivia goes through a change and is struggling to deal with what is happening to her and her parents seem to be of very little help making her feel very alone. At this point in the novel the tension is ramped up and the pacing of the novel slowly begins to speed up.
As we approach the 3/4 mark in the novel we see Olivia's powers developing although none of the sorcerer's have a clue what she is. She also experiences visions of her friends dying at the school dance in a few days time. Scott and Mark have a plan to try and stop the CC but they doubt whether it will work and if Scott can't keep himself hidden it may mean the end of more than one innocent life. As we cross into the final section of the novel the day of the dance has arrived and tensions are running high for all the characters especially Olivia and Scott. Olivia is very concerned for her friend and weary of Aiden while Scott has started to experience the heart pain's and needs to be with Olivia very soon or he could end up dying. The battle scene at this end of this novel was superb and couldn't have been written better. I liked the way Tatum drew the characters together and forged eternal bonds of friendship between them all. The final pages of this novel were brilliant the resolution was great but with a wide opening for the second novel The Vessel which I can't wait to pick up.
Overall, I found this novel to be gripping from the very beginning, following the journey these characters follow was amazing and you form huge attachments to each and everyone of them. I highly recommend this book and its author to all and if you haven't read anything by Felicia Tatum yet I recommend you do it right now.