Nov 2, 2014

Review -- Undertow

Author: K.R. Conway
Release Date: October 11th, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 398
Format: ebook, received from author in exchange for honest review

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Seventeen-year-old Eila Walker’s new home has defied the brutal Atlantic for over 160 years. Abandoned since her 4th great grandmother Elizabeth vanished, the town legend declares that she drowned . . . or was struck by lightning.

Unbeknownst to the town and Eila, however, is that someone does know what really happened to Elizabeth, and he has returned, determined to protect the last surviving Walker from a history of violence.

But what starts out as a quest for redemption, evolves into something more and soon young guardian, Raef, is forced to reveal the truth to Eila. As hidden secrets about their warring families come to light, Eila begins to realize that she may be their best shot at survival, even if it means following in her grandmother’s fearless footsteps to save her killer bodyguard.

My Review:
I signed up for this review 3 months ago. I knew I had to read it since my time was up but I really wasn't feeling it. For this, I want to kick myself. Once I even got 10 pages in, I just couldn't stop reading. I wasn't able to fully function until this book was done.

Eila is a girl who doesn't see herself well. She was picked on at her old school and she doesn't start out on the greatest foot in her new school either, but things end up turning around for her. I really liked Eila. She uses her "confidence jeans" to keep her going and to not give up. I like it about her, she had to pull strength to keep going sometimes but she always does. She is an inspiration for many girls in that aspect. She feels like a real person, not some made up one, which made it even more enjoyable to keep reading.

Raef seems like a sweetheart. Raef is a big reason why I kept reading, I had to know what he was going to do next. He keeps you hanging through most of the book and then you finally get answers toward the end of the book. He is a character that comes across of the body build of a football player, yet he doesn't fall for any of the other girls tricks. I know most of it is from his maturity, but I still really liked that about him.

There is also Anna, MJ, and Kian that are big characters in the book as well. They start off kind of slow in the character department, but they all end up blossoming as well. You find out so much about them that could have your mouth hanging open if you aren't careful. There are so many twists within the book that you can't do anything else but keep reading on.

I haven't read much paranormal, but after this, I think it definitely has a new fan. I would like to tell you more about the paranormal side, but I can't without giving out major spoilers for the book, but know it is fantastic.

The character development is so detailed and well written, the writing itself is breath taking, the romantic side of it is so sweet, and the story itself has wonderful plot. The book is about 400 pages, but I didn't feel like length of the book like I do with most books. I read on and wanted more. I love when a book can make you forget about how long it is and you can just enjoy it.

There is two different romances that blossom as you read, but it isn't over done. It is a big part of the book but also doesn't change what is going on in the book. It is just a nice little treat on the side. I have to say that there were times when I was like "Come on Raef!!!" but everything was well worth the wait!

I think the best thing that I have done for myself this year is to read this book. I can't wait to get ahold of the second book in this series! I need some more Eila and Raef!!

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