How’s your week been going so far? I have had some intense writers block that I’m finding really hard to push past. I’m hoping that writing this review will help clear my head a little and help me get out of the writing slump I’ve settled into.
Anyway, I was very very kindly gifted this in exchange for an honest review by the author. (She was super super sweet btw) This will not sway my opinion on the book whatsoever, as always my thoughts are all my own.
Now that that’s out of the way let’s hop into my review.
** P.S – This is definitely an 18+ read. It discusses Sex, Drugs, Suicide and Rape. **
**Personally that’s not an issue for me, but just so you know **
Author: Rebecca Crunden
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: August 5th 2018
Pages: 267 pages
When I Read It: 6th June 2020
Goodreads Rating: 4.20 Stars
When Eliza Owens gets a phone call in the middle of the night from a girl she’s never met, she doesn’t know what to think. The girl introduces herself as Paige, and says she used to date Erik Stern, Eliza’s fiancé. What’s more, she has something important to discuss.
The only problem? Paige has been dead for years.
Believing it to be a sick prank, Eliza tries to force it from her mind until Sam, Eliza’s older sister, tells her she met Paige only a few weeks before. And, according to Sam, Paige has nothing nice to say about Erik.
The fight which follows shatters the lives of everyone involved, and Erik disappears without a trace.
Five years later, Erik returns to town after his father’s death. Old wounds quickly resurface, and with them several burning questions. None the least of which is: Who spoke to Eliza and Sam if it wasn’t Paige? And why?
My Goodreads Review: *aka my initial thoughts, straight after (and during) reading
June 4, 2020 – 14.0% “So far it’s pretty gripping. Maybe not a bedtime read…quite depressing with a lot of hard stuff in the he first chapter. Could maybe use some trigger warnings.”
June 5, 2020 – 27.0% “Okay….I get it that what Erik did was horrific. But also it was an accident. Even Miles says that and miles is the best! So it has to be true.
At the moment Eliza irritates me. I’ve not read much of her yet but she doesn’t really have any great defining features. That could change though.
All the plot lines seem a bit mismatched but its probably because it’s still early days”
June 6, 2020 – 76.0% “I’m really liking this. Miles and Erik are amazing. The romance, the family dynamics, the mystery. Everything’s coming together so nicely and I can’t wait to see how it ends!”
June 6, 2020 – 100% “A solid 4.5 stars ( I wish Goodreads would let you do halves!!)
Anyway! I love this! The more you read the better and better it got. I’ve not been in the mood for supernatural books of late but this has definitely broken the curve! It was so beautifully integrated with normal life you just couldn’t help but enjoy it. It’s definitely got some hard hitting stuff in it that could probably use a trigger warning but it didn’t bother me – if anything it made me enjoy it more because it brought a seriousness to it and grounded the supernatural elements.
Highly recommend! Great quick read with an amazing romance!
P.s I want a book for Miles because I love him ❤️❤️❤️”
My Favourite Quotes:
- “Stop being snobbish”
“Not wanting hepatitis does not make me snobbish, you cretin.”
- “One of the greatest conspiracies of life is the how and why of the tax system. Right up there with cauliflower and the purpose of wisdom teeth.”
- “Do you want to know what happened?” Erik held out the joint and shook his head.
“I’d rather take a cheese grater to my dick.”
- “Well, you look like crap on toast.”
“Sexy crap on toast, man.”
*There were more quotes I loved but they either spoiled things, required too much context or just are more funny when you read it yourself. I also realised they basically all include Miles haha.
Characters: I liked most of the characters. Especially all the male characters. They were very likeable to read and I found myself routing for them. Even the male characters that you’re not necessarily supposed to like I still found interesting and brilliant to read. The female characters lacked a little for me, mainly Eliza. I didn’t relate to her in any way and thought that she definitely over-reacted to quite a few things. She grew on me as the book progressed but still didn’t live up to the greatness of the male characters.
By far my favourite character was Miles. He was described repeatedly as bottled sunshine and I completely agree. He was smart and witty and loyal and just all round a joy to read. I am desperate for more of him ❤
Characters = 8/10
Humour: There was a nice combination in this book of humour and hard-hitting topics like I mentioned at the top. I think the laughs were integral to the story because otherwise it would have been way too dark for me to read personally. The humour (mainly Miles and Erik’s banter) really lifted the mood at appropriate times so that you didn’t feel weighed down by the story but also it didn’t detract or make light of the serious topics it discussed. But if you read my reviews often you will know there can really never be enough humour or sarcasm in a book for me so I am always looking for more.
Humour = 7/10
Atmosphere: I really liked the setting of this book. It really gave you the enclosed small town vibe that no-one could escape their pasts which obviously lends itself brilliantly to the plot. I also am obsessed with forests. It’s one of my favourite rural settings, it provides both a feeling of fear and unease but there is also something beautiful and calming about it. I think that worked really well with Erik’s character and it just echos why he feels comfortable in this environment.
Atmosphere = 8/10
Writing Style: I enjoyed the writing style. Like I briefly mentioned it was really well balanced between harder topics and the more normal aspects of the plot. I think the paranormal elements were described super well and I never felt like there was an info-dump of backstory which is usually in paranormal novels. As for the writing itself it was definitely more informal which is the kind of writing I enjoy, it wasn’t overly flowery and I think this style worked super well because it brought a bit of normality to book that didn’t have completely normal elements.
Writing Style = 7/10
Plot: I really liked the plot. I haven’t read a paranormal, or really any supernatural books in quite a while as I have really been loving the contemporary romances recently but this really brought me out of that slump. It was really well balanced, like I keep saying. It was also super well-paced, with titbits being dropped throughout which really helped to save the book from an info-dump. The mystery was super intriguing. I liked how there were the multiple plots which all intertwined. My favourite part of the plot was probably the way the author rounded out the ending. It was done so beautifully! I literally could not have wished for a better conclusion.
Plot = 9/10
Intrigue: Like I mentioned above (and throughout many many times) I loved the pace of the book and the intrigue of the mystery behind everything. I didn’t necessarily feel on the edge of my seat the whole time, but that was probably due to the fact that I knew it was a paranormal romance, so I knew the somewhere in the mystery a supernatural element was involved which kinda takes away from the suspense a little – but it’s just a fact of the genre that you get used to with time.
Intrigue = 7/10
Logic: The logic of the plot was great. I found no flaws in that. Where I had issues with it was in Eliza. I feel like her reaction to the events of the book seemed slightly forced. She had to be mad at Erik for the plot to further and to create intrigue and at first you can understand her anger, but once she begins to explain herself it feels a little forced – and Erik’s reasoning for doing what he did is so logical and good that it feels a bit weird that she is mad at him for it because it makes so much sense.
Logic = 6/10
Enjoyment: I really liked this read. It was a relatively quick, with a good mystery and the characters were so fun to read. Plus I love that it mixed the supernatural elements with the triggering topics carried out by the humans as it just was such a nice balance and really grounded everything. A really great read.
Enjoyment = 8/10
Relationships: This was a mildly hard one for me. I loved Erik and you can probably guess that Eliza wasn’t my favourite and yet their romance seemed to work really well and I found myself routing for them as their arc progressed. As I mentioned, Eliza might not have had great logic behind all of her actions but it provided for some really great tension between the two and I really enjoyed reading it and seeing them adapt. The book had faint elements of a love triangle to it, but with it leaning slightly more towards unrequited love I found it super fitting and really well integrated with the other plots and not just shoved on as afterthought to create drama. All the relationships (both romantic and otherwise) were super well done in this. You really felt the emotion and the history between all the characters.
Relationships = 8/10
Overall Score = 68/90 or 7.5/10
I really enjoyed this book. I’ve been kindly gifted another of Rebecca Crunden’s novels to read and I hope to get to it in July so I’m super excited for that. Hopefully it’s as good as this was. As always, if you’ve read this or you like the sound of it tell me below what you thought of it. Have a great day, see you tomorrow!