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Lay Me Down (Secrets of Kellam High) by [Heiner, Tamara Hart]
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"This fast-paced story depicts gritty reality mitigated by the innocence of a budding relationship. It is highly recommended, but for readers no younger than the main characters themselves. - Ind'tale Magazine
"Heartbreakingly beautiful." - Loralee Evans, author of Birthright
"A dark and violent book with a redemptive ending." - Rebecca Shelley, author of Dragonbound

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  • File Size: 4193 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Tamark Books (January 25, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 25, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AECUGXY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kylee doesn't know why her best friend won't talk to her any more, or why her mother barely notices her, but she isn't ready to give up on her new neighbor. Price, the boy next door, acts strange around her at first, but then they become friends, and Kylee realizes she feels much more about him than expected. But her life is complicated--her step-father is abusive and Kylee doesn't dare leave her mother alone with him. Price says she deserves her own happiness though, but Kylee isn't convinced she deserves anything good. LAY ME DOWN is an unexpected story, one that will tug at your heartstrings and remind you of the value of human kindness. Readers will rejoice when Kylee finds justice, even though it's in the most unexpected way.
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An intriguing opening pulls the reader in. We know something is "off" and want to figure it out, in spite of Kylee's self-destructive behavior. The author never gets too graphic or gruesome, which I appreciated. The "figuring out" stage went on a little too long for me, but kept my interest enough to continue. Events are revealed at the midpoint. Then I really didn't know where the plot would lead and found renewed enthusiasm to keep reading. The rest is well-told and interesting with more suspense.
The sexual attraction between two characters felt fast to me, but might be more typical of YA than things I've read. I often struggle with paranormal intimacy issues and plausibility. This too is fairly clean with nothing graphic.
The author does a wonderful job of weaning the reader away from what they might expect, to the way it must go. I would recommend this to any teen or adult who likes paranormal romance. A strong 4 stars.
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I received an ARC for an honest review.

What a beautiful, satisfying Young Adult read that balanced heartache and pain with the gift of true love. This story pulled me in and wouldn't let me go. After being immersed into the female protagonist's world of an abusive home life, now I truly understand the issues at heart, and how pain from self-inflicted injury is used to overcome pain from a deeper loss and disappointment, and I appreciate that. So, Thank You, Ms. Heiner, for putting your heart and soul into a tale that had to have required huge emotion and great sacrifice for all our benefit. A story well-written (as usual). I feel saddened to say goodbye to Kylee and Price, as well as to their love and world.

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I felt overwhelmed. I needed an escape. Maybe, that first time, I actually thought about killing myself just to end my pathetic life. But I didn’t have to.
Because cutting gave me the outlet I needed. It sharpened my focus amd dulled my pain all at the same time. Suddenly I was in charge of what I felt. That made all the difference. I could endure.

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He brushed her cheek with the back of his finger, leaving a trail of liquid heat from her cheekbone to her lip. “You belong with me.” He turned her to face him and pressed a kiss to her mouth. “You’re here with me.”
She focused on the taste of his lips. “I’m here,” she echoed.
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I have started many paranormal ghost story romances over the past year or two, and haven't been able to get past the teenage angst to the tale itself. It seems that many authors want to play up the resistance, then the submission to the so-called "bad boy," then the cliffhanger ending leading to the sequel. Luckily, and with great relief, I can honestly say that Ms. Heiner does not fall victim to any of those tale cheapening tropes, but weaves a dark, beautiful and spellbinding tale that worms its way into the conscious and subconscious mind till the bittersweet ending. Even when you know what is so unusual about Kylee's existence halfway through, the mystery still is allowed to deepen and darken, and the star crossed romance plays out to its inevitable conclusion. Make no mistake, this book will stick with the reader for quite some time. It's also a clean YA read. As another reviewer stated already, due to the sensitive nature, I wouldn't recommend it for anyone younger than their mid teens, the ages of the main characters. Very highly recommended!
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Ms. Heiner knocked this one out of the park. Even though I picked up on what was going on not too far into the book, the tale took me by the hand and led me deep into the night, reading when I should've been sleeping. One of the best paranormal romances I've ever read. I also loved that there was a real and meaningful plot to this story, as so many paranormal romances have angsty romance front and center, and supporting plots as weak as a house of cards. This is a book about not only romance, but other issues teens deal with today. I did guess part of the ending, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the journey. I'm being purposely vague as not to give anything away, but if you enjoy well-written fiction that grabs you and won't let you go, read this book.
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If you are a fan of YA paranormal romance, then this book is right up your alley.

It's a little off my beaten path though.

The story keeps you guessing as to how Kylee got to be the way she is and how to solve her dilemma. Price's involvement really gets the story moving.

The writing and description are solid, the emotions run deep. Be prepared to deal with some hard teen topics walked through in a tactful and feeling way.
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