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However, this story was pretty average as far a YA paranormal romances go.
I mean, I liked the book. It sucked me in right away; even with the typical love triangle. The twist with regards to the love triangle was refreshing. And I thought it was done tastefully.
One thing that stood out for me was the fact that Jase isn’t a blood brother and the author made it clear to the reader many times. It seemed a bit of overkill to me with that bit of foreshadowing. But, hey, I can overlook it. I was almost hoping they had some chemistry but in the end the love interest did end up making sense. The writing was solid, clear and concise. It was a quick read.
I’m looking forward to the next one.
This is told in first person by Scout, a high school senior, valedictorian. She considers herself odd looking. Alex and his older brother move to town. Alex is a senior and gorgeous. He stares at Scout. Scout's stepbrother Jase hates Alex for some unknown reason and tells Scout to avoid him. She tries to avoid him, but it's hard because they have classes and school activities together.
Scout has loved Charlie all her life, although they never turned it into a boyfriend-girlfriend thing. Now Scout finds herself also falling for Alex. She learns that Alex is a wolf shape shifter, and she begins learning more about that world.
Refreshing dialogue! This is rare! Many, many times I was chuckling out loud. Read this for the author's conversation style, her voice, whatever you want to call it. It's not that she's being an obvious comedian. The humor is more about the unexpected or subtle. Below are three examples.
"I wanted to go lie down next to him. I wanted to feel his arms wrapped around me and discover what his lips taste like. I wanted to tell him I had been secretly in love with him since I was two years old. So, I did the only thing I could do. I hit him in the head with Guido, my sock monkey."
She was lost in the woods during a storm and thought she might die. She heard her name being called and felt her body being lifted off the ground. She is thinking it must be the Angel of Death lifting her. "Apparently, he decided if I wasn't going to get up and follow him to Heaven, he would just carry me through the Pearly Gates. Of course, that was assuming I was going to Heaven. According to what Reverend Jessup taught from the pulpit every Sunday, I was good to go, but what if God wasn't Southern Baptist?"
"Charlie attempted to engage James in conversation, but that went over about as well as a Joan Crawford parenting manual."
As to plot, this is typical young adult high school teens, first loves, and shape shifters (wolves and coyotes). The parents exist but the story doesn't show interaction with them. Plot was fine but nothing we haven't heard before.
Characters are good. They include the different types of kids that we all remember from high school, the jocks, the weirds, the beauties, the smart ones, etc. They were well done.
This is the first in a trilogy. Sadly the author used a cliffhanger ending which bothered me. But it wasn't horribly bad-sad. The reader knows good things are coming. She ended the book with questions about a stranger and Liam's whereabouts was which I thought provided enough motivation to buy the sequel. What I did not like was what she did with Alex to create the cliffhanger. Still, I plan to get the sequel as soon as it's out. According to her Facebook page, the sequel is called "Time Mends," but I don't know when it's coming.
Minor problem. The author needs a grammar editor. Several times she used the word "that" instead of "who." For example "Mrs. Sole was the only one that talked about him." There were a few other blunders for example using "he had went" instead of "he had gone."
Story length: 223 pages. Swearing language: moderate, including religious swear words. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: none. Setting: current day Timber, Kentucky. Copyright: 2011. Genre: young adult paranormal romance.
While I was left with questions, it should be known that this book could still be a stand alone. It has a definitive end to it. I absolutely loved the story and the reality of it (I know paranormal and reality don't go hand in hand - bear with me)as it's rare to find an author willing to stray from the happily ever afters. Perhaps there is a happily ever after waiting at the end of the trilogy, just not at the end of this book.
That being said, it was worth reading every single page! The characters were endearing, and the plot intriguing. I can't wait to have my questions answered, and to find out how things will eventually turn out. I find myself torn about what I am hoping for with the future of this series. That in itself is the hallmark of a really good story. The author pulled me in and now I don't want to let go!
The problem came about 90% of the way through the book. I felt like the author rushed the ending, and just threw together the rest of the plot in a few pages. I HATED that the author made the whole thing a huge cliffhanger. I hate when authors don't finish the story, just so you'll pick up the next book to find out what happens. Each book should be able to be independent of the others. They should compliment each other and fit together well, but cliffhanger books are a huge pet peeve of mine. If you feel similarly, you won't like this book.
There were quite a few errors in the Kindle version, and that was annoying. I could overlook those because the book was $.99. I couldn't forgive the ending, though. I'm unsure whether or not I'll pick up the sequel.