on March 23, 2014 :
This YA book is a bit different in the fact that it allows you to follow a girl who thought of life as what was there and what was not. After a great loss in her life, she learns to move on with the help of total strangers she now knows as family and friends. Far away from the place she has called home in a country setting is a city girl who has to relearn how to live her life, what she plans on doing and how she is going to do it with eyes wide open in a brand new world! She must also decide what is real and what is not in the midst of the forrest she is becoming so familiar with.great read, great lessons to be learned here.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
on Sep. 23, 2013 :
Nice YA romance, with mysterious paranormal/horror and coming of age elements extending and strengthening the story line. Strong, believable characters with real development, and if there are traces of instalove in the immediate attraction between H and h, the realistic romantic development makes up for that. One good touch was the common sense shown by the h while she's investigating the mystery; too often an amateur sleuth parks her brain and does stoopid things to move the plot along and set up scary scenes, but this author didn't resort to such measures. That's worth an extra star, right there.
Note that this book does need a line editor and proofreader. There are problems with verb tenses, missing and added words, and the occasional clumsy sentence. For the most part, these errors don't detract from the book's enjoyment factor, but readers, if you're sensitive to such, consider yourself warned.
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book through the Library Thing Member Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review. This assessment would be no different if I had bought the book or nabbed it as an Amazon freebie.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)