Monday, 7 October 2013

Undertow (Undertow #1) by K.R. Conway

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author K. R. Conway.
Undertow (Undertow, #1)
Blurb (From Goodreads):
High school senior Eila Walker knows that good luck skips over her like an Easter Bunny on Speed. So when she inherits her grandmother's million-dollar Cape Cod home, she is downright shocked. And yeah, her new town isn't perfect: the cheerleaders are heinous clones, the local undertow can kill ya, and her Great Grams was supposedly fried by lightning in the harbor square. Still, Eila is hopeful her luckless days are in the past . . . until history decides to repeat itself.

A self-proclaimed loner and previous-social reject, Eila thinks she's hit the jackpot when drool-worthy Raef O’Reilly becomes her friendly, yet weirdly protective shadow. But being hauled beneath the waves by an unnatural undertow slams the brakes on bliss – especially when Raef storms to her aid with coal-black eyes and iron-like strength.

Eila, entirely freaked, demands an explanation and Raef comes clean, revealing that neither of them are average humans but rather the genetic remnants of an angelic pissing-match gone wrong. Eila supposedly can channel the power of human souls, while Raef is quite adept at stealing them. Even worse, the legend about her ancestor isn't such a myth, since Eila’s grandmother was one kick-ass warrior until her lightning-like power backfired. A power that is written all over Eila's DNA.

Now sought by Raef’s own family for her destructive ability, Eila must trust him to watch her back. But when a quest for information goes terribly wrong, Eila is suddenly left with only two options: become a weapon for the enemy or follow in her Gram’s fearless footsteps to save those she loves. Unfortunately she needs a willing enemy to ignite her suicidal energy and the only one she trusts has been guarding her butt and scorching her lips.

Undertow by K.R. Conway

My rating: 3.38 of 5 stars

Undertow (Undertow, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author K. R. Conway.)
17-year-old Eila is shocked and surprised when she gets a call to tell her that someone has given her a house in Cape Cod – claiming that she is the rightful heir of the property.

Living with her mother’s best friend – her sort-of adoptive mother after her own mother’s death, Eila moves to Cape Cod, and immediately is captivated with resident bad boy Raef.

There are things going on that Eila doesn’t know about though, and things come to a head when Eila is pushed off of a bridge and nearly killed.
Who bought the house for Eila? Why did they want her to move to Cape Cod? What is special about Raef? And who is now trying to kill her?

This was an okay paranormal romance, and I thought that it had some interesting and unique ideas.

Eila was quite a caring girl, who considered her adoptive mother’s needs as well as her own. She was a nice girl, and I hated how the mean girls picked on her.

The storyline in this was quite interesting. While it did have the usual good vs. evil storyline going on, I thought that the storyline concerning what Eila was and what Raef was to be quite unusual. I don’t think I’ve read another book with quite the same supernatural characteristics in the main characters, which was a nice change.

There was some romance in this, and I liked the forbidden feel that it had to it. I thought that this was done quite nicely, and happened quite naturally. It was also good that we didn’t get any soul-mate revelations.

I liked the twists and turns in this story, and there were a lot of things happening that I didn’t expect, and didn’t see coming, which was good. I thought that the ending was also quite good, and liked how we got a fairly happy ending, even whilst facing the unknown.
Overall; a good YA paranormal romance, with some different and unique supernatural creatures.
6.75 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I'm happy it was mostly good. Still looking forward to this one.