Monday, October 23, 2017

Relentless Review

By: Karen Lynch

Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.

I recently went on a downloading spree on Kobo's free books section and came across this book. The synopsis sounded like something I'd be into, but I had no idea how much I would come to love this book. It's the first book in a trilogy, and immediately after reading this one I downloaded the rest. I can already sense that these are going to become a favoured set of mine. I have already asked my other half to buy the hard copy books, to add to my library and read the series twice in the last week. That's right, I'm obsessed. And if you read them, you will be too. 

This is my favorite book to reread in the set as I always love the beginning of any story, most especially a love story. I love the new feelings, new characters, and watching the relationships and bonds between characters develop and grow. I was instantly able to form an attachment to the main character, Sara, as she was immediately portrayed as a caring and selfless individual. Her back story is chock full of the tragedy of the abandonment of her mother and the death of her dad; and her focus on finding out who killed her dad makes her story an endearing and moving one. 

Of course, my weak spot is satiated with a strong, attractive male character, Nikolas,  that Sara feels herself being drawn to, without completely understanding why. The reader is taken through the beginning of their tumultuous relationship and the story is told so descriptively that the reader will, no doubt, find themselves taking on Sara's emotions. There were quite a few times when Sara was crying that I felt myself tearing up (while trying to hide my emotional state from my other half who would no doubt tease me for feeling so deeply about fictional characters). The end of the book, although not a completely sad ending, had me bawling like a baby. I'm being very literal here. I was a sobbing, snotty mess as I finished this book and immediately jumped on the Kobo store to buy the next book, there was no way I was going to be able to go to bed without knowing what happened to Sara next!

Sara's friends were among my favorite characters in this book, and I found myself looking forward to any parts of the book involving Roland. I'm not going to try to hide it from you, I definitely developed a crush on his character as well as Nikolas and Chris'. The author created some very engaging and admirable characters that I cannot seem to get enough of (just ask my credit card!). One of the things I liked best about the book was the idea that Sara could be best friends with two male characters and keep things platonic the whole time, and Peter and Roland accepted that. It was refreshing to see that although they were both protective of her and cared deeply for her their relationship was that of siblings and nothing more. 

There was not a single thing that I did not like about this book, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. 

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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