Seventeen-year-old Taylor Gray moves to Sterling Island to get over her dead boyfriend. Mom’s cool with letting her crash on the couch, but Taylor needs to get a job before the lights are cut off again.
When the tall, dark and crazy Raine Tsunami offers her a position at his thriving ghost tour business, she figures it’s an easy way to make some cash. Taylor isn’t afraid of ghosts–that crap is as fake as her mom’s boob job. She loves their adventures on the historic island, especially the secret places he shows her when the crowds go home. So what if all the ghost stories are just legends?
When Taylor comes face to face with a ghost and Raine crosses the line between friend and boyfriend–Taylor’s new life collides with her haunted past. If murdered people end up as ghosts, then that someone she was trying to forget is probably watching her.
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Half the streetlights are broken. Between tiny bursts of dingy light bulbs, everything is black, black, black. This isn’t what Sterling Island is supposed to be about. The commercials call it a place for tourism and historical richness. What a joke. The only thing I’ve seen for blocks is buildings and parking lots and nothingness.
A rock tumbles across the sidewalk in front of me.
“You aren’t from around here.”
I freeze. The voice came from my right. At least I think it did. It happened so suddenly, and I was lost in a daydream that I hadn’t really known what happened until after I heard it. I squint to see under the bright street lamp overhead. “So?” I shoot back, trying to sound sarcastic and so not intimidated. Footsteps come from the darkness. He’s walking down stairs, one at a time by the sound of it, like he’s placing both feet on each step before he takes the next one. I still can’t see him.
I spit my gum on the ground, all gross and man-like. If I look unattractive then I won’t be kidnapped. But if he even tries, he’ll be sorry when he gets a Ford key in the eyeball. A shadow appears under the glow of the street light. It’s small and thin. It doesn’t look like it belongs to a mass murderer. I breathe a little easier.
“No girl around here would visit The Face by herself.”
“The Face?” I ask. I chance a look around me and see nothing but buildings and a parking lot with one car parked in it. Why hadn’t I noticed that car before?
The shadow takes a few steps closer and stops four feet away from me. He’s about my age, maybe a little older. There’s something weird about him, and it’s not just because his clothes are so black it makes his head appear to be floating in the darkness. He’s really…sharp. His face is unreadable. His features are so sharp and precise they almost scare me. His hair looks like it was just cut, all sharp ended and straight.
“Turn around,” he says, pointing behind me.
I know there’s nothing but a big gray building behind us. It’s several stories tall and has no windows. I have no idea why he tells me to turn around, but I do. And I see it immediately. Dark gray on the gray wall, it’s like a portrait of a man from long ago. He has bushy hair and long sideburns and a stern look on his face.
“Holy shit,” I say. The guy with his crisp shiny leather jacket and silky black hair is suddenly right next to me. I watch him as he looks at the face on the wall. He smirks.
“It’s always here,” he says. “Though sometimes it moves.”
“What, like a movie?” I ask, realizing how stupid I sound.
“No, its position on the wall. You see the upper left corner?” I look where he’s pointing. The wall there is shiny, not textured like the rest of the wall. “Yeah.”
“That’s where he first showed up. They sand blasted it off, and then he appeared over there.” He points to the bottom of the wall to another shiny spot of concrete.
“No way,” I say. The face on the wall is so realistic. It looks like someone spray painted it with a can of primer and a stencil. “Who’s doing it?”
He looks sideways at me, searching my eyes as if he can’t possibly believe that I don’t know the legend of how this painting got on the wall. From this angle he kind of looks like one of those models in fashion magazines. He’s slightly too thin for a guy, entirely too clean and although I can’t believe I’m going to say it, chiseled. Chiseled like some kind of freaky serial killer. I bet he’s an asshole. He’s probably making all of this up just to screw with me.
“No one does it, it just is.”
“So it’s like paranormal?” I snort.
“You really aren’t from around here.”
I pull out my ponytail and redo it. “Well that’s a good thing I guess, since people around here believe in shit that doesn’t exist.”
“It would be terrible to go through life not believing in things that are right in front of your eyes.”
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Trapped on a planet not their own, the Petiri spend their lives hiding the natural gifts that set them apart from the world. They live long and unfulfilled lives, unable to find their soul mates on this backward planet known as Earth. That is until the night Ramose comes face to face with Tamara, a woman whose gifts rival his own. Determined to find why this human is in possession of an ancient magical Petiri relic, he arranges a meeting.
But Tamara, embittered from past events, is wary despite lifelong dreams of Ramose and a sure knowledge he is her soul mate. Before long the couple find themselves ensnared in a battle that has raged for millennia in Egypt’s desert. Set, Egyptian God of Chaos, is determined to take his just due: the throne of Osiris.
The only way to stop him is for Ramose to put his trust in Tamara, but, first, he must gain the same from her. The ensuing sensual relationship is filled with romance, lust and love. Their relationship is tested by an unnatural evil. Will her powers over fire, combined with his ice be enough to win the day? Or will the ancient gods and goddesses of Egypt destroy more than just their love?
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Born in Atlanta, the daughter of an Army Soldier during the early stages of the Viet Nam war, I spent my childhood traveling from state to state, finally ending up overseas in Germany where I graduated high school six months early.
My writing career however began as a young Airman in the Air Force, writing monthly articles for the weekly base paper. The articles ranged from climatological data to full center fold articles on the destructive forces of hurricanes. As I increased in rank, my writing changed to more technological instruction, including such works as WSR-88D Doppler Radar Data Interpretation Guide for North Carolina Stations, and Station Operating Procedures.
But my early writing wasn’t limited only to the technological side. I’ve written multiple dog training and behavior articles for canine websites such as Sonora Canine Freestyle, and also the Ask Blackjack column, a fun training column in the voice of my labrador retriever, then a young pup.
My first book, SheWolf, won 2nd place for Best First book in RWA’s PFF&P Prism awards.
I’m married to a wonderful man named Doug, who is also retired Air Force. We live in North Carolina with our two dogs.
Eleven months after the father of sixteen-year-old Blaire Adams vanished without a trace, he’s found wandering outside The Scripps Research Institute vomiting blood and speaking gibberish, his sole possession a worn leather diary filled with an unrecognizable language. He has a message for her.
As he dies in her arms, he claims he never vanished. She vanished.
In a nearby military quarantine zone, scientists are being called in from around the world to sequence a previously unknown strain of DNA. Scientists…and soldiers.
When her father’s autopsy reveals a rare chromosomal disorder—a disorder, it turns out, she inherited—Blaire begins to suspect her father’s last words weren’t induced by amnesia. Like her dad, she has an additional set of instructions in her genes—instructions for what, doctors can’t say. Only one thing is certain: it’s what killed him…and it will kill her too.
But now she’s haunted by prophetic nightmares of the Yellowjacket—a young murderer, eyes the black of charcoal, who lures his victims to suicide without ever paying them a visit. The only clue she has to his handiwork is a lingering feeling of déjà vu. That, and the nagging suspicion that all she knows is a mirage. She is certain of two things—though it may mean confiding in the wrong side of good and evil, he has the answers she needs.
And he is recruiting her
Caveat: I haven’t quite finished reading — I know, I’m a terrible person and I’m posting a review before I’m done, but I’m trying to at least pretend I’m still on schedule even though this month has been chaotic.
I really loved the concept of this book, and it was pretty well put together. The set up was engaging, and the symmetries were well-designed. Really, this was all-together an excellent read.
The main character kind of bothered me. There were some inconsistencies I’d rather have done without: she’s an AP student but commented that she’d “heard of chromosomes” in a class. Speaking as a former AP student who didn’t even take AP Bio, I’m fairly certain that most AP students know what chromosomes are. Since this book targets a younger audience, I can understand wanting to have an explanation, but I wouldn’t have done it via the main character in quite that way. Similarly, I didn’t like several of the scenes at the beginning, where she’s behaving rashly, but I can mostly write that off as momentary insanity in light of what else was going on.
All in well, well-written and a good read!
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When Harper comes to in the hospital, she begins to feel a bit …strange. She sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring.But Harper’s not crazy. Her “death” has made her a Greywalker-able to move between our world and the mysterious, cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift (or curse) is about to drag her into that world of vampires and ghosts, magic and witches, necromancers and sinister artifacts. Whether she likes it or not.
There were some things I absolutely loved about this book: the concept of the world, how the magic is built up and actually works, “the grey” — all of that was great. The writing was only decent, in my opinion, so I can’t give this a rave review. There were a few things about Richardson’s writing style (and Harper’s voice) that got on my nerves. Unfortunately, I can’t really remember what in particular irritated me enough to articulate it here, so clearly it didn’t detract from the book too much. I’m not going to dwell on it.
From a world-building perspective, I love this book, but it definitely feels an awful lot like an intro book. I don’t think this book in isolation was really all that spectacular—too much was going on and we were introduced to too many new concepts at once. I have an awful lot of questions and not terribly many answers. It also felt like most of the events in this book were pretty coincidental. I bought into it enough to enjoy it, but I would have liked that coincidence to have been resolved a bit much. Once of my pet peeves in plot arcs is having every single piece of the puzzle happen to be there because of something else, unrelated, going on at the same time, and that’s kind of what this felt like to me. If it later turns out that there’s something manipulating said events into place, I’ll be perfectly happy with that, but for now I’m a little unsatisfied.
Also, way to go with the bittersweet ending. It may just be the fact that it’s so foggy today that I can barely see out my window, but that was almost depressing … In a good way, of course.
So, five stars for the concept, but only four overall due to general execution. I anticipate that I’ll enjoy book 2 an awful lot more, and I can’t wait to give it a go
Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom.
Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls.
Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.
Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.
Normal just got a deadlier definition.
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“The girl is a means to an end. When the right time comes, she will be used and discarded as the rest.” ~Lucifer
“Nice to meet His Creepy-Ness. In case your douchebag of a boss has never told you, sneaking up on a girl with a blade is never a nice way of saying hello.” ~Zahara
“I promise to keep my perverse thoughts to myself as long as I don’t have to deal with the fury of Zahara” ~Bryan
“All those night long phone calls! All those secret visits to my house! All those secret walks! And you’re fond of me! You think I’m being over dramatic! How about I break your face open for over dramatics!” ~Becca
“Time to kick some demon arse!” ~Dustin
“He looks like the type that only wants to get into your pants.” ~Solomon
“Of course not, I am after all the irresistible-dangerous-Imago so that must mean I have a sordid plan.” ~Rekesh
“Enough with the games, I know what you are, Nephilim and if you make one move, I promise I will carve you open.” ~Zahara
“Time is endless for a being such as I. Power is the only master I trust.” ~Lucifer
“I will say I am impressed with all of you. Each of you willing to come here and sacrifice your lives for the one you love, how noble. It’s good you planned your own deaths because getting out of here alive will prove quite impossible.” ~Samuel
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Annabell Cadiz was born in the sweltering heat of South Florida. She was raised surrounded by Puerto Rican chefs and band of siblings that weren’t all related to her. A self-proclaimed nerd and book-a-holic (her room does hold much evidence to prove her claims are justifiable), she created TeamNerd Reviews to showcase her EXTREME love for novels where, along with her best friend, Bridget Strahin, she hosts book reviews, interviews, giveaways, Indie Shoutouts and much more. She also had the pleasure of being published in three separate issue of Suspense Magazine. She is currently attending Trinity International University to attain her B.A. in Psychology. She also adores Cinnamon Teddy Grahams, has an addiction to Minute Maid Orange juice, and is a proud Jesus Freak. Her debut novel, LUCIFER (SONS OF OLD TRILOGY, #1) was published January 2013 and the second book, MICHAEL, will be out Fall 2013 and the third book, NEPHILIM, will be out Spring 2014.
Already addicted to the pharmaceutical drug that keeps her body from decomposing, Bryn has to stop a secretive group of rich and powerful investors from eliminating the existing Returné addicts altogether. To ensure their plan to launch a new, military-grade strain of nanotech, the investors’ undead assassin—who just happens to be the ex-wife of Bryn’s lover Patrick—is on the hunt for anyone that stands in their way.
And while Bryn’s allies aren’t about to go down without a fight, the secret she’s been keeping threatens to put those closest to her in even more danger. Poised to become a monster that her own side—and her own lover—will have to trap and kill, Bryn needs to find the cure to have any hope of preserving the lives of her friends, and her own dwindling humanity…
Wow! I think this is the first time I’ve ever given a 5/5 star rating to every book in a series (even from before I started actually formally rating them). This trilogy was simply amazing, and I’m so glad I took the time to get through it. Each book brought new layers to the conflict of the world, and it was thrilling to experience all of these horrible discoveries alongside Bryn.
But this review is supposed to be of Terminated, not the entire series, so it’s time to focus a little.
I’ll be fair right now: I thought this book started a little slower for me. That’s not to say that it wasn’t fast-paced and filled with action — it certainly had an awful lot going on. But there was such a jarring end to Two Weeks’ Notice that this just felt like a slow-down, which was admittedly probably needed. But between that and the fact that my personal life kind of blew up (work, new boyfriend—yes, new boyfriend, but we’re getting off-topic again), it took me way too long to finish this book (like, a week and a half!). Regardless, once I got more into it, I was, of course, sucked in and consumed by the world. Caine’s characters just pop out of the book in a wonderfully colorful way, and I find myself loving each and every one of them—even if it means I simply love how much I hate them.
Speaking of characters …
One of my favorite things about Caine’s writing is that no one (and nothing, but that’s the next topic) is ever stagnant. The characters all grow and develop demonstrably, and it’s never heavy-handed or over the top. Bryn, for example, is a completely different person than she was at the beginning of the series. To be fair, she’s been a quasi-guinea pig on two rounds of nanobots, so you’d expect some obvious development from that. But even over the course of just the last book we were able to watch her change and grow, and it wasn’t always pleasant.
Nothing else sits still for very long either. Throughout this entire series, every time I started to come around and think, “Okay, this nanobot thing isn’t so bad,” she’d throw a curve ball at me and change it up some. And she is an expert at endings. Oh. My. God. The conclusion of every book in the Revivalist series has been mind-blowing. I wasn’t sure how she was going to do it again with the conclusion of the series, since you can’t rely on a cliff-hanger, but she did. She totally did. You just have to read it.
Author: Melissa J. Cunningham
Published: September 20th, 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count: approx. 82,000
Genre: YA Mature Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Topics such as suicide and sexual abuse implied but not described
Recommended Age: 14+
Synopsis: Guarding Brecken Shaefer—a dark and dangerous rebel—is harder than it looks.
Death was nothing like sixteen-year-old Alisa Callahan thought it would be. Resting on pink, fluffy clouds for eternity with her gram and best friend sounded like a dream come true. After all, enduring one torturous experience after another in her short life deserved some kind of reward, right? Unfortunately, eternal rewards aren’t given out so freely when you take your own life.
Required to pay the debt for committing suicide, Alisa must become a guardian. It sounds easy enough, but not when the boy she is forced to protect has a dangerous secret and wants absolutely nothing to do with her.
Brecken Shaefer isn’t any normal teenager. He has special gifts that are sure to make Alisa’s afterlife miserable. When feelings develop between them, everything spins out of control. Not only must Alisa face her own demons— but to protect Brecken, she must face an evil so heinous that it threatens to destroy their souls completely. Alisa is tired of hiding from her past. When the easiest thing to do is run, can Brecken give her the strength to stay?
Melissa J. Cunningham began writing five years ago when she decided, out of the blue, to enter a community writing contest and won first place. From that moment on she had a new love: Writing. Melissa is a member of the League of Utah Writers. Her past publication experience includes a recurring opinion column called Writing Reality, for her local newspaper: The Leader
Melissa’s first novel: Reluctant Guardian, was accepted for publication through Clean Teen Publishing in August 2013.
When Melissa is not writing you can find her spending time with her family and her horses, cats, dogs and chickens or reading. Melissa is also a local music teacher.
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I should have realized that suicide was not my best option. But like most teenage girls, I hadn’t planned ahead. I never pictured my parents and brothers picking up the pieces of my broken life, or the empty hole I would leave in my wake.
I honestly didn’t think anyone cared that much.
The medication I’d been taking hadn’t helped matters either. My doctor prescribed it after the death of my beloved grandmother who’d lived with us since I was a baby. Three months later, my best friend Natasha, died from a brain tumor. Nothing could have shattered me more. Not just because Natty and I were closer than Siamese twins, but because we shared a dark, horrifying secret.
Something I’d never told anyone. Not even my parents. Once she was gone I didn’t know how to shoulder that weight on my own. I was drowning in sorrow. I’d fallen into a dark pit and had every right to take that antidepressant. My parents thought it would help too.
I should have been more open about my feelings. I should have confided in my mom and dad. Explained that the medication wasn’t working. That in reality I felt worse. But I didn’t. I didn’t realize the drug was affecting me adversely . . . until it was too late.
The only thing I wanted that night was to not feel anymore, to not have my heart ripping in two, and to not cry so hard that my whole body ached.
Would it be painful if I rammed my car into the tall pine at the curve of the road? Would it do the trick or just turn me into a vegetable for the rest of my life?
I gambled. I took a chance and got what I wanted. Death.
Conchita Peron, a bullfighter still trying to earn respect in a male-dominated profession, vows to kill Asesino, the bull that took her father’s life. But what she doesn’t know–and may not realize in time–is within the bull’s body resides the soul of the man she once and still desires…that of the very handsome and very dead matador Antonio de la Vega.
Will she set aside her thirst for revenge in time to see the heart under the hide?
I have to admit to not knowing what to do for this review by the time I finished reading this novella. I was on the fence—there were parts I found very intriguing and unique, and there were parts that I had trouble buying into.
Then I read the Author’s Note after the text.
Now, normally I read just for the fun of reading—I don’t look for themes or greater meaning. I don’t read as if the author had a point. When I read this novella, however, I couldn’t help but wondering if Ferrer was after a greater message. It read to me as if Ferrer were addressing a couple of cultural controversies: women’s rights, and animal rights.
This is actually one of the things that had me on the fence as I was reading, to be honest. I found it to be fairly distracting from the plot and really rather bothersome, if you assume the intent of the novella was solely to entertain (don’t get me wrong; Ferrer did entertain, and everything was very well written—I actually quite liked all of the characters even though there was a fairly short span of pages to get to know them).
When I read the Author’s Note, however, I realized that the whole point of writing this story was explore some of the controversies around bullfighting. It is a cultural tradition, after all, and as Ferrer states in her note “everyone believes their way is the right way and all others are wrong.” By setting up this story the way she did, I think Ferrer successfully brought to light some of the controversies from both sides without letting the plot get out of hand.
I also appreciated her homage to Conchita Cintron, who, according to this wikipedia article, was a renowned female bullfighter, both as a matadora and a rejoneadora (which is a distinction I honestly didn’t know existed). I highly recommend that you read that article after you read Bulled Over—it will give additional weight to the events in the novella.
And since embedded grains of truth in stories among my favorite things to find in stories I read (and write), especially when it isn’t necessarily particularly obvious until you’re finished reading, I have to give Ferrer the applause I feel she is due. There’s definitely room for improvement, but I’m absolutely glad I took the time to read this.
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Lady Charlotte Jepstow certainly knows how to make an impression—a terrible one. Each one of her ball gowns is more ostentatiously ugly than the one before. Even she has been forced to wonder: Is she unmarried because of her abysmal wardrobe, or does she wear clashing clothing because she doesn’t want to be pursued in the first place? But when Charlotte meets Lord David Marchston, suddenly a little courtship doesn’t sound so bad after all.
David will be the first to admit he’s made some mistakes. But when he gets yanked from his post by his superiors, he is ordered to do the unthinkable to win back his position: woo his commander’s niece. If David wants his life back, he must use his skills as a negotiator to persuade society that Charlotte is a woman worth pursuing, despite her rather unusual “flair” for color. But David does such a terrific job that he develops an unexpected problem, one that violates both his rakish mentality and his marching orders: He’s starting to fall in love.
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This was a really cute read. I loved Charlotte, and related to her fairly well—the idea of the main character being somewhat of a social outcast and proud of it, then falling for the bachelor of the year, so to speak, made for a pretty fun read.
The characters were very well written and were consistent in their voices—I wasn’t always sure that their speech patterns felt entirely realistic, but if that’s the biggest problem I had, that’s saying something.
It read kind of slow compared to what I’m used to reading, but I think that had more to do with the genre and the chaos of my real life right now than with the book.
All in all it was a great read! I recommend it
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Twenty-six-year-old Lily Robinson has her dream job in a museum, a great boyfriend, and is happy with her life – until the day she starts seeing red threads growing out of the chests of those around her.
That same day Lily meets a stranger who seems to know her and understand what she is seeing. Lily doesn’t believe him when he says she has a special ability, and it’s only when he saves her life that she accepts something very strange is happening to her.
Lily’s life is rapidly turned upside-down when she gets thrown into the world of fate and meets the beings who influence it.
Can she learn to control her ability to help herself and those around her who need it most?
Will she actually want to when she finds out what she has to do?
The first novel in the Fateliner series, Red Threads is a contemporary fantasy that looks at how fate can change lives and relationships in an instant
I found this book to be pretty clever—the idea of Fateliners and demons was a pleasure to discover, and I think Mitchell did a very good job executing her set-up.
One common problem I see among books with fairly unique magic (and other related paranormal) systems is an inability to convey the rules of the world to the reader without making it feel forced. Mitchell did a good job of making this work. I can say that I have a comfortable feel for how things work and I didn’t have to try too hard to keep up. I really can’t emphasize enough how impressed I am that nothing in this book turned out to be confusing or seem complicated. We were confused only as much as Lily was and no more or less. I’ve struggled with some of this in my own writing (currently, I’m actually blocked on a scene where I have to start with that kind of explaining).
A lot of this is because of the characters. First and foremost, I really liked Aver—like, I really really liked Aver. And he made for a great teacher. I can’t wait to see more of him in future books. He and Lily both felt real, along with most of the supporting cast. I also felt like every character was balanced, which is something I’m honestly not used to out of the paranormal/fantasy genres. So often our characters seem to be lacking in some aspect of normalcy or another: their jobs are neglected by the writer, they don’t have any actual friends, they had a terrible childhood. But Lily is perfectly normal until this starts happening, and it didn’t feel strange to me that something like being able to see fate lines might just randomly pop up when she starts getting particularly frustrated.
As for the romantic plot arc … This one was pretty simple, and I really enjoyed that. It would have been all too easy with this plot to slip into a more complicated love triangle than Mitchell did, and I’m glad it didn’t go in that direction. It was interesting to watch Lily struggle between her feelings in the moment and the fate that she knows she has no choice but to acknowledge, and I was right there with her as she struggled to make the “right” decision.
So why did this only get a 4? Well, to be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the pacing. There were some very slow scenes that I thought dragged on unnecessarily long. Some of the conversation changes were a little abrupt at times. There were also some dialect-related things in the narrative that I would have preferred to see edited out and left only in the dialog (example: they were sat). None of this really detracted from the story for me, but i still felt they were worth mentioning here.
All in all, I really do hope Mitchell releases a second book. This was enjoyable, and I’d like to see what more is to come. In a lot of ways, this first novel felt like a setup for some much more exciting adventures, and I’d like to invest some time in seeing where Lily’s life goes from here.
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