Debut-novelist Jenny Elliott’s thrilling romance, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers for the first list in the new Swoon Reads imprint, pours on the tension and danger in an addictive combination that will keep you turning pages!
Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.
But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….
Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?
I wanted to like this book I really did. I ignored all the negative reviews and decided to form my own opinion as the first book I read in the Debut Author Challenge for 2015, But after the first few chapters I was confused, and the confusion got worse, then a little started to make sense, and by the end I was just annoyed and ready for the book to be finished because I did not want to DNF it, trying hard to finish every book I start this year.
This was a book that had potential; it had all the makings of a great story. A girl, Cara, who loves the water and whales, and a boy, David, she meets on a whale watching trip, then a mysterious boy, Garren, at school who seems to want to be around her all the time. See right there a great set up for a love triangle…..but that is not the direction the author went.
Cara meets David during a whale watching trip for the company she volunteers for. Cara has an obsession for the gray whales that inhabit the ocean near where Liberty, Oregon. During the trip a few Orca’s that are not indigenous to this area show up and when one rams the boat Cara falls over and David rescues her, causing them to instantly bond. This starts their “love” affair. Then when leaving the docks Cara almost runs into Garren with her car, which sets of their “friendship”. The problem I have with these three characters is that the author has Cara focused solely on David and his crooked smile, which is said talked about in Cara’s thoughts or description of David way too many times throughout the entire book, and is hoping that Garren will hit it off with Rachel, her best friend, who has her own admirer Ethan.
Cara’s life gets turned upside down when an event at school makes it impossible for her and David to continue dating and Rachel becomes wrapped up in Ethan. Things from this point go from bad to worse when it is discovered that Rachel has become enthralled in magic or as it is spelled in the book magick.
The remainder of the story is about Cara defying her mother to be with David, Garren always there when Cara needs him, with his secretive life, and Cara trying to save Rachel from demonic forces.
Honestly, the entire story was about a girl wanting revenge for her boyfriend dumping her for a freshman and now her coming back to Liberty to see vengeance for the wrong she felt was dealt her.
Instead of focusing on the mystery surrounding all the weird things happened to not only the main people in Cara’s life, and her precious whales, it became a story of Cara’s obsession with David and mediocre focus on the paranormal aspect of the book. Also in my opinion there was NO character growth and way too many references to David’s crooked smile.
I honestly think the best part of the entire book was the friendship between Garren and Cara, and the fact that he was looking out for her best interest, and proved that girls and boys can be friends without a romantic entanglement……however, on the flip side of this was the mystery of Garren’s life and true reason he was in Liberty which is found out at the end of the book, even though I pretty much guessed what/who he was before I was even hallway through the book. Not really a big mystery there.
All in all I would not recommend this book to anyone, but I think that while I did not like the book I am sure there is someone out there that did.