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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
awesome, awesome read!
First of all, I just want to say how much I adore this book. So awesomely well written, I flew through the first half, only to pace myself as it got closer to the end. Cause with the end, comes waiting for the next book. AND.I.HATE.WAITING! But loved the characters, especially the whole Reese family. Garrett is adorable, funny, and absolutely scrumptious. (Ok cougar moment over). Would love to see more Sean in the future books. *cough* Could totally see a spin-off staring Garrett¿s older brother *cough* And even though Nali came off as weak at first, it didn¿t take long for her to become one kick butt character. But though there were times I wanted to shake/slap/yell at Garrett and Nali for not seeing what us readers could obviously see between them, I enjoyed the pace the story took in letting them find their way to each other.
Please, please go read this awesome first book to what is most definitely going to be an awesome series.
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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
posted by 4746653 on January 20, 2013Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2012
This is definitely one of those books that had me HOOKED from th
This is definitely one of those books that had me HOOKED from the beginning. I found myself COMPLETELY rooting for Nalena and her mother--no matter how "excentric" she seemed at first. From the beginning I could see that Nalena was one of those protagonists who is believable and relatable even amidst a supernatural storyline.
What teenager HASN'T been embarrassed by a parent at some point? What teenager HASN'T felt like an outsider? Even amongst their own family? What teenager doesn't feel like the world is against them, sometimes? And what adult doesn't remember feeling all of these things, as well?
There were moments when I could almost FEEL Nalena's frustration over being kept in the dark regarding pretty much everything in her life. And THAT is how I believe this story draws in its audience. There is convincing emotional turmoil packed with an exciting, romantic, and EXTREMELY original plot.
Ms. Provencher builds a world that is unlike any other that I've read. It was really nice reading this story and NOT being able to guess what was going to happen next. There was no predictability here. I was frequently taken aback with curveballs that I found absolutely refreshing and brilliant!
And the ROMANCE! OHHHH, the romance. It's so subtle and unhurried, but SOOOO sweet. I am very eager to see what becomes of Nalena and her beau in the next installment.
I more than suggest that you read this book! I INSIST that you read this book!
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Posted December 6, 2012
Ridiculed because her mother is a hoarder, Nalena does everythin
Ridiculed because her mother is a hoarder, Nalena does everything she can to just blend in and avoid the majority of her high school class. Until one night at the library, Garrett, a senior hottie sits down at her table. As her home life becomes turned upside down by secrets her mother has been forced to keep from her – Nalena has to choose between protecting herself and her mother or living a Simple Life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
You will like Nalena and feel for her as events unfold – she is a really great character.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book – I cannot wait to dive into Keystone!
Posted August 29, 2012
Enjoyed It, Looking Forward to the Sequel!
With a great idea, a solid protagonist voice, and plenty of quirky one-liners, Misty Provencher swept me along from start to finish in about a week. I hear she's releasing a sequel....I hope so! I'm half in love with Garrett my own self, and the way authors handle grief and change of identity in teens fascinates me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The writing is solid and well-paced, without any noticeable slow downs. There were a few minor contradictions, but she writes raw sensation so well that I hardly noticed them. Nali is a great voice- compassionate, independent, strong-willed, and very real. And there are some passages and comments that I want to get embroidered and hang on my wall. I'm very glad Provencher worked to make this novel see the light of day. I'd say it has slightly Christian leanings, which would normally turn me off (not being Christian and not liking dogmatic rhetoric), but it's more spiritual than Christian. And the idea IS pretty nifty.
I recommend this one for fans of YA, both contemporary and fantastical, though the setting is contemporary. This makes a great poolside/beach/vacation read!
Posted February 27, 2013
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