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Sacred Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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'Sacred' is a beautiful young adult novel full of hope and romance. It follows Scarlett Wenderoth as she struggles to contain her grief after the death of her older brother. Scarlett's life has been roughly divided into Before Ronny Died and Since Ronny Died - and the parts that have been happening since his death have been really hard on her. Her parents are consumed with their own grief and trying to keep the family B&B running. Scarlett's only tether to life is her mare, Delilah, and her best friend Lily. Scarlett begins to lose weight at an alarming rate and her parents don't seem to even notice. She feels alone with her only outlet being Delilah. On one of their rides, she meets a mysterious guy named Will - who seems to ease Scarlett's grief and makes her feel safe. Scarlett and Will's relationship grows deeper and she finds herself feeling alive again - until Scarlett discovers that Will is hiding a secret that might bring everything they have to pieces.
This was a fantastic young adult novel that revolves around first love and romance, but also deals with some deep issues such as death, loss, grief, family, self discovery, and trust. The characters are unique and very realistic. I especially liked Scarlett - she was a great lead character with her flaws and obvious issues, but she also showed character growth and the ability to have courage and to move on with life after a devastating loss. Will's character was a perfect fit to go along with Scarlett. He's an interesting and mysterious guy a first, but definitely has layers of his own once we get to know him. The setting was perfect for the novel - the small island of Catalina off the coast of California provided the perfect sense of isolation yet community that the characters needed.Read more ›
I found Scarlett's story compelling (it's no accident that her nickname is Scar), and Ms. Arnold's writing thoroughly enjoyable. Since I'm a novice to the genre, I didn't know what to expect, but what I found was a story that is satisfying on multiple levels. Certainly the elements are there for a teenage girl: horses (don't all teenage girls want a horse?), romance (Andy vs. Will), trouble at home (parents who are almost completely dysfunctional--or more accurately, nonfunctional), a BFF who is rich, charming, loyal, and a great dresser, and, for good measure, there's a touch of the paranormal. Mix this together with the usual angst of life as a high school student (something we can all relate to), and you've got a story that will appeal to most teenagers.Read more ›
Sacred is a roller coaster of emotions. From the being the story is marked with tragedy. Scarlett and her family live on a small island off the coast of California, called Catalina. Scarlett's family was a regular family, but everything change when her brother Ronny died. Now her family is a husk of what it used to be.
Scarlett is lost and cannot find her way back to herself. She isn't eating or hanging out with her friends. The only time she really ever forgets the pain is when she rides her horse, Delilah. Those close to her notice that she is skinner, with dark circles under her eyes, but Scarlett blocks out their voices. She does not want to be helped, she wants to feel anything, even if it is only discomfort and pain.
One day there is a new arrival to the island-Will Cohen. With his brilliant green eyes, and dark curly hair, even in her grief shrouded world, Scarlett notices him. He seems to pop up at the times she needs him the most.
It does not take long for Scarlett and Will to acknowledge the connection they have toward one another, and to act on it. Scarlett is crazy about Will, and even though her mother is locked in her own grief stricken mind forsaking everyone else and her father is lost without her mother, she is happy! She is gaining weight back, she is smiling and laughing-she is living.
Scarlett learns that Will has a secret-a mystifying and impossible secret. Will this secret take Will away from her? What will she do to be with him. Will love conquer all?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Scarlett’s older brother died suddenly, which means her life has fallen apart and nothing will ever be the same again. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SunshineRose
The book made me want to continue to read to find out more about the characters, but it was not a book I would want to read again. Its a good book just not a favorite. Read morePublished 11 months ago by victoria
i got this book because it sounded really interesting. I love to read so i took a chance and bought it. I couldn't even get through the first chapter i was so bored with it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jessica
This book was 2.5 stars for me. It had me for the first 200 pages and then lost me to too much religion talk. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by T. Geo
A perfect book for girls: horses, boysm best girl friends with beautiful clothes. And, many lessons learned. Give it a try!Published on November 5, 2013 by Gracie
After reading Elana K. Arnold's Burning (my review) I knew I wanted to read her first book, Sacred. Given how much I loved Burning I had pretty high expectations for this one and... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Maggie
Finished in two days, this is a great read. I'm waiting for the sequel and curious what might be coming in the storyline. I love the characters, and the feel of the book. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Blahoooooo
I like all the allusions to classic lititure. I would like to see a sequel, what happens to Will and Scarlett?Published on August 22, 2013 by Erin Niksick