Anew (The Archers of Avalon Series #1)

Anew (The Archers of Avalon Series #1)

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by Chelsea Fine
     
 

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Scarlet awoke in the woods without her memories. She lived in mystery until she met a boy with a familiar voice. A boy with secrets. A boy with answers.

A boy named Gabriel Archer.

Intrigued by his voice, Scarlet immerses herself in Gabriel's life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer. Upon meeting Tristan,

Overview

Scarlet awoke in the woods without her memories. She lived in mystery until she met a boy with a familiar voice. A boy with secrets. A boy with answers.

A boy named Gabriel Archer.

Intrigued by his voice, Scarlet immerses herself in Gabriel's life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer. Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled.

While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan—and confused out of her mind. Why does Gabriel seem so familiar? Why is she so attracted to Tristan? And why do both brothers keep telling her she's cursed to die?

Scarlet doesn't have the answers...but the Archer brothers do.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935089490
Publisher:
Acacia Publishing, Inc. AZ
Publication date:
12/07/2011
Series:
Archers of Avalon Series , #1
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Chapter 1

The third weekend in June was, to most people, a three-day stretch of summer. To the townspeople of Avalon, Georgia, however, it was known as the Kissing Festival. For three weekend nights residents would gather in the town center for fun, food...and kissing.

Lots and lots of kissing.

It was tradition to greet your neighbor—or any other random stranger you came across—with a kiss. Sometimes these kisses were an innocent peck on the cheek and other times a passionate mouth-to-mouth embrace. Either way, it was difficult to spend an evening at the Kissing Festival without getting smooched.

Which was why Scarlet Jacobs wanted to go home.

Scarlet stood amidst the kissing chaos in the town square waiting for her best friend—and self-declared fashion consultant—Heather to show up.

She glanced around at the evening's festivities. Kissing booths, kissing workshops, kissing competitions...all across town the celebration was in full swing.

It was similar to a New Year's Eve party but instead of mistletoe, the townsfolk hung paper stars above their doorways. And instead of a single evening of champagne and confetti, there was an entire weekend of parades and, well...confetti.

The original Kissing Festival began in 1865 when soldiers retuned home from war and their loved ones ran into the streets to welcome them home with kisses. The town, grateful for its returning men and eager to boost community morale, declared it a weekend celebration.

Which was sweet.

The town mayor kissing the pizza delivery guy? Not so sweet.

Scarlet sighed as the sun began to set. Heather was late, which was no surprise, but Scarlet didn't like standing by herself in a crowd of tongue-happy citizens. Her fear of being kissed by some well-meaning neighbor was growing by the second.

She kicked at the sidewalk with a scuffed-up sneaker, trying to look uninterested. As music began playing in the distance, her blue eyes traced the familiar drawings she'd inked on the toes and sides of her shoes.

Scarlet had a tendency to doodle. She drew on her arms, legs, and any napkin she could get her hands on.

But, mostly, she drew on her shoes.

The doodles on her sneakers were of a symbol; re-sketched and repeated in different sizes and thicknesses. Scarlet didn't know what the symbol meant, but she knew it was from her past.

Which was miraculous because Scarlet had amnesia.

And her past was a complete blank.

After waking, alone and abandoned in a neighborhood park a year ago without a clue as to how she got there or where she was from, Scarlet had clung to any evidence of her original identity.

The symbol—which Heather referred to as Scarlet's "mark"—was the only memory, or rather image, she'd retained. Well, that and her name and age.

Scarlet knew the symbol held some significance, but she couldn't recall what it was. She couldn't recall anything.

Her chest tightened as she though back over the last twelve months. Despite what others thought, there was nothing fun about being a seventeen-year-old with amnesia. It wasn't exciting or "cool" not knowing who you were or where you came from. It wasn't a mystery you could solve by asking the right questions, like a game of Clue.

It was confusing. It was lonely.

And it was terrifying.

The days following her awakening in the park were still a blur. Scarlet remembered hospitals, social workers and police reports, but not clearly. The first clear memory she had was the day she met her to-be guardian, Laura Walker.

Laura was an attractive young businesswoman who managed to get custody of Scarlet despite many court hurdles. She took Scarlet in, gave her a home, and tried to make her life as normal as possible. But normal for an amnesiac is next to impossible.

Not knowing what exists in the past is like running through a maze blindfolded.

And that's how Scarlet felt. Blind and lost.

Running through a dark labyrinth without direction, without purpose.

Scarlet had spent weeks after her awakening plagued by nightmares and racing thoughts. Unanswered questions tormented her while fear of the unknown crept into every pore of her being.

Without Laura and Heather, Scarlet probably would have gone crazy.

Laura encouraged Scarlet not to give up on her past; believing Scarlet would one day find her lost memories. She gave Scarlet support and understanding, without treating her like a broken doll in need of repair.

While Heather kept Scarlet from sinking into a deep depression and crying her eyes out everyday. If it weren't for Heather, Scarlet would probably be a snotty, pathetic mess.

But Heather refused to let her mope. She was constantly dragging her out of bed and into the real world, trying to get her to have "fun" and "be happy".

It was obnoxious.

And Scarlet loved her for it.

Heather had made it her mission to get Scarlet to fully "participate" in life. So, here Scarlet was, attending the blasted Kissing Festival.

Participating in life.

And where was Heather? Running late.

Like always.

Scarlet half-heartedly watched the Main Street parade pass by. A float adorned with large papier-mâché lips cruised along advertising a variety of lipstick flavors, as couples—and strangers—throughout the street kissed unabashedly beneath stars.

Scarlet raised her brow and shook her head. The kissing tradition was bizarre.

Hello, I'm a stranger. I'm going to kiss you now. Smooch-smooch.

Yeah, no thanks.

Scarlet glanced up and noticed a trio of paper stars floating above her from an extended tree branch.

Avalon folks got a little star-crazy during the festival; draping stars from just about any place available. Trees, doorways...power lines.

Scarlet quickly moved from beneath the kissing beacon to a star-free spot on the sidewalk and watched passing pedestrians casually greet one another with a smack on the lips before parting ways. As if exchanging a kiss with your hairstylist and bank teller wasn't weird at all.

Scarlet twirled a strand of her dark hair as her eyes glanced about the town square. Suddenly, her gaze caught on something.

Or rather, someone.

Across the street, beyond the parade and chaos, stood a guy wearing a black T-shirt and baseball hat.

And he was staring right at her.

Intently. Deliberately. Unashamed.

Scarlet froze in place as their gazes locked.

He eyed her with both curiosity and darkness, and something deep within her began to stir.

The stirring started in the pit of her stomach, crawled into her chest and wrapped itself around her heart; squeezing until her breaths became shallow.

Her heart began to hammer as she eyed him more closely.

From the way he was dressed, Scarlet assumed he was her age, if not a few years older. Dark tufts of hair peeked from beneath the hat he wore, reaching below his ears, and the shadows of his hat made it impossible to see his face clearly. The only features Scarlet could make out were his square jaw and the glint from his eyes.

Eyes fixed on her.

Something about him seemed familiar. The way he stood, the way he looked at her....

It was dangerous and safe and...familiar.

Her brow was furrowed in deep thought when Heather suddenly appeared at her side. Scarlet pulled her eyes away from the stranger long enough to find her friend out of breath and doubled over.

Used to Heather's theatrics, Scarlet looked back up, hoping to see the boy in black again, but he had vanished.

"Whew!" Heather righted herself as Scarlet blinked and returned her eyes to her friend.

Heather's blonde hair was smoothed-down beneath a pink headband matching her pink shirt and pink shoes. She wore a short jean skirt and a sleeve of shiny bracelets.

Even sweaty and panting, Heather looked perfect.

Scarlet looked down at her own outfit of shorts and an oversized green shirt and knew Heather would not be pleased.

Heather took fashion seriously. Scarlet did not.

Sucking in air, Heather said, "Fluffy—Mrs. Allen's ferocious dog—chased me all the way down Pine Street trying to tear me to shreds with his razor fangs. I barely got away."

Scarlet scrunched her face, "Isn't Fluffy a Chihuahua?"

Still panting, Heather said, "Yes. A human-eating, demon-possessed Chihuahua."

Scarlet nodded, "Sure."

Heather was a bit of a drama queen.

As she caught her breath Heather eyed Scarlet up and down, clearly forgetting about her near-death experience with Fluffy. "The baggy green shirt, Scarlet? Really?"

Scarlet rolled her eyes, "It's a kissing festival...not a fashion festival."

"Well, thank God. Because, you'd be booed out of Avalon." Heather ran a hand over her shiny hair. "I mean, seriously. You have a closet the size of my bedroom full of cute, appropriately-sized shirts...and you choose a parachute top for the Kissing Festival? Have you learned nothing from me?"

"I've learned not to go near Fluffy unless I want to be eaten alive by the demon puppy from hell."

Heather huffed, "I'm telling you, I almost died!"

"I'm sure it was a close call." Scarlet smiled and looked back at the passing parade. The sun had dipped below the surrounding mountains, streaking the sky with the fading colors of dusk. Street lamps started to click on and tiny white lights strewn about the town began to shine against the falling shadows.

The scene was picturesque. Music in the air, twinkle lights in the sky, cobblestone streets and grassy knolls...it looked like a postcard.

"So, who should we kiss first?" Heather puckered her heavily-glossed lips.

"Uh...you can kiss whomever you'd like. I'm only here for the free mouthwash." Scarlet said as she began moving down Main Street, Heather at her side.

The festival freebies were the only things Scarlet enjoyed about the event. Free toothpaste, free breath mints, free lip balm...it was like walking around a giant ad for the human mouth.

"Whatever." Heather tossed her blond hair over her shoulder with the kind of sass only pretty girls possessed. "You're here because you are fun and you really, really love kissing. I'm sure of it."

"Ha." Scarlet said, without humor. "I'm pretty sure I've never liked kissing random strangers."

Heather smiled playfully and nudged Scarlet's shoulder, "Oh, but that's the beauty of amnesia. You don't really know what you like, so I'm here to help you remember."

Scarlet rolled her eyes, "You don't know what I like either."

"True. But I know you—or, at least, the you that's existed this last year—and that girl is super cool and probably loves kissing strangers."

Scarlet shook her head and smirked. "I doubt it."

Heather tsked, "You'll see, Scarlet. We'll find you a hot stranger with yummy lips."

Strange lips? Ew. "Yeah. I'm all set on lips. I've got my own, thank you."

They walked past a makeshift dental booth advertising free deep cleanings. A balding man in white scrubs stood beside a dental chair, holding shiny exam instruments while he waved and smiled at people. If red paint were splattered about it would have looked like a scene from a horror movie.

Of course the deep cleanings were free. Who was going to pay a guy in the street to dig around inside their mouth?

Three guys Scarlet recognized from school approached the two girls with smiles, their attention primarily focused on Heather.

And why wouldn't it be? Heather looked like a giant piece of sexy bubblegum.

Scarlet, on the other hand, probably looked like a giant pea.

Heather, flirty and jovial as always, greeted each boy with double cheek kisses. Intimate cheek kisses, if ever there were such a thing. Leave it to Heather to make cheek-kissing inappropriate.

Unfortunately, after exchanging kisses with Heather, the boys proceeded to give Scarlet a kiss on each cheek as well. Scarlet tried to act like kissing random guys from school was perfectly normal.

But it wasn't.

It was an awkward fumbling of bobbing heads and bonking noses that left Scarlet thoroughly embarrassed and grossed out.

The Kissing Festival: Worst idea ever.

After the boys moved on, Scarlet hastily wiped her cheeks while Heather sighed happily, "Don't you just love the Kissing Festival?"

Scarlet choked on a cough, "No, I don't. I think it's weird...and full of potential mouth diseases."

"Yeah, but you get to kiss guys like Aaron." Heather said, referring to the tallest of the three boys walking away.

Scarlet scrunched her nose. Heather had tried to set Scarlet and Aaron up a few times last year, all with disastrous results. Heather was always trying to set Scarlet up. "He's not my type," Scarlet said.

As they rounded a corner, Heather accepted a red rose from a short man beside a flower cart and kissed him on the nose before turning back to Scarlet. "Who is your type, hmm? I keep trying to set you up with these smokin' hot guys and you keep shutting 'em down. You're missing out on some fabulous opportunities, Scarlet."

"You mean like Aaron back there? The guy who kicked-off our first date by asking me how old my hot mom was? Yeah, golden opportunity he was."

"In his defense, your mom is hot and looks like she's twenty."

"That's because Laura's not my mom, she's my guardian, and she's only thirty. But that's not the point. The point is that I don't want to date anyone right now."

"Whatever." Heather said.

"No seriously." Scarlet sighed, "The whole amnesia thing makes dating...just weird. And I don't feel like dealing with any of it right now."

Or ever.

A moment passed as Heather looked Scarlet over thoughtfully, "I get it. You're afraid to connect with other people." Heather pressed the rose she carried up to her nose and inhaled. "I just don't want you to use your mysterious past as an excuse not to live your life, y'know?"

Scarlet nodded at her friend's words. As a general rule, Heather was all fashion and flirting. Rarely ever did she go deep. But when she did, she usually had something profound to say.

And while Scarlet loved Heather's flare for drama and insatiable thirst for boys, she was grateful for her friend's ability to switch from Whimsical Heather to Wise Heather when necessary.

Heather continued, "Yeah, it makes no sense for you to get involved with some random guy."

Scarlet nodded. "I agree. No strings, no pressure."

"Exactly," Heather lowered the rose, wagged her eyebrows and stretched her arm out, displaying Freemont Park; the dead center of Avalon. "Thankfully, you've come to the right place. Booths full of hot boys you can kiss without any complications."

They stopped walking as they stepped into the park and Scarlet rolled her eyes.

The grassy park was lined with dozens of kissing booths. Twinkle lights draped back-and-forth between tall trees, making a canopy of stars above the red and pink tables below. People lined up behind each booth, applying lipstick and perfume as they readied for their purchased kisses.

Behind the booths stood a large white gazebo housing a group of musicians. As a love song filled the air, couples intertwined their bodies and swayed to the melody.

Here and there, children ran about wearing red hats and eating lip-shaped chocolates, while women waited impatiently for quickie makeovers under a flashy pink tent.

The park was littered with couples kissing behind trees and making out on park benches. And paper stars were everywhere; in trees, on the ground, above heads, inside mouths....

It was like Valentine's Day. On crack.

Scarlet looked at the kissing booths, shook her head, and smiled. "No way. You can do your spit-swapping thing and I'll stay right here. I don't really feel like paying someone to stick their tongue down my throat."

"They don't French kiss you," Heather said, smiling. "...Unless you want them to." She wagged her eyebrows again, pulling a short laugh from Scarlet.

"Still, I'm going to pass."

Heather pouted her lips, "Pretty please?"

Scarlet shook her head, "Nope."

Heather pouted for another moment but Scarlet just smiled and shook her head.

"You're no fun," Heather huffed, as she straightened her hair, her bracelets jingling merrily. "I guess I'll have to go without you."

"I guess so."

"But just so you know," Heather pointed at Scarlet with one perfectly manicured fingernail and used her best authoritative voice. "I will get you to kiss—and I mean kiss—a hot boy this weekend. It will happen and you will like it."

As she spun around and headed to the booths Scarlet smiled and called out after her, "Good luck with that!"

Heather's only response was a flick of her hand.

Scarlet stood alone in the sea of kissing townsfolk and took a deep breath. The sun had completely disappeared from the sky, blanketing the park in a soft darkness contrasted by the many strands of tiny lights.

The warmth and stickiness of the summer day still clung to the night air as Scarlet let her gaze roam across the park. She listened as the band beneath the gazebo switched from an upbeat song to a ballad.

Once again, her eyes caught sight of the black-shirted stranger.

Scarlet felt the same stirring as before come to life in her chest.

This time the stranger was farther away, his gaze focused on the festivities rather than Scarlet, giving her a moment to examine him privately.

There were no people near him; no one smearing kisses on him or dragging him beneath a set of stars. He stood off to the side, at the edge of the park.

Present, but not participating.

Scarlet knew the feeling.

He stood with confidence, his broad chest held high with his arms crossed in front. The dark hair escaping is hat curled a bit around his neck in the summer heat...reminding her of...something.

What was it?

The sight of him almost triggered a memory.

A suffocated, imprisoned memory trapped within her. Maybe if she continued to stare at him it would break free....

His eyes suddenly turned in Scarlet's direction, locking on hers with their brilliant gleam.

She cocked her head to the side, straining to see him more clearly.

Something about the stranger was definitely familiar. Almost as if there were a recollection about him specifically deep inside her.

Scarlet's heart started to pound and her mind started spinning. For a moment—for a wonderful split second—she felt as though she were close to unlocking the memory. The precious, lost treasure buried somewhere in the abyss of her mind.

She allowed her brain to tick and turn, roving her soul for something to grasp at.

It was there, she knew it. She could feel it.

It was piecing itself together...almost a complete thought...

So close...so close...almost there—

"A kiss and a treat?" came a cheerful voice next to Scarlet, interrupting her internal quest.

Just like that, the memory disappeared back into the oblivion of her mind.

Scarlet inwardly groaned. So close.

"Would you like a KissPop? They're delicious." The voice said again. Scarlet glanced to the side to see a round woman with friendly eyes and rosy cheeks pushing a dessert cart. She held up a Popsicle shaped like a pair of lips.?

Scarlet was really starting to hate the Kissing Festival.

"Uh, no thank you." Scarlet tried to look friendly despite her frustration with the interruption. Once the cheery woman wheeled away, Scarlet glanced back to where she'd seen the stranger, hoping the sight of him would magically ignite that buried memory. But, once again, he'd disappeared.

Scarlet's thudding heart sank.

"Looking for someone?" This time, the voice was male and came from behind her.

Scarlet paused.

The voice was familiar.

Beautifully, impossibly familiar. Reminiscent.

Almost perfect.

It wasn't the voice of someone she'd met since her awakening in the park.

It was a voice of the past. A voice she knew.

Scarlet whipped around to see the keeper of the voice, fully expecting to have a surge of memories to rush to her head and unlock the past.

But no.

There was no flash of memory, no sudden burst of enlightenment.

There was no instant recognition or flood of relief.

There was, however, a really gorgeous guy standing in front of her. Possibly the most attractive person she'd ever seen.

Granted, her memory only went back a year, but still. The stranger's dark beauty could not have been matched.

Wearing a blue shirt and a disarming smile, he looked to be a little older than Scarlet. His short, dark hair, square jaw, and golden eyes complimented the tan skin that wrapped around his broad frame flawlessly. He was smiling at her. Waiting.

She blinked a few times. "What?"

His smile deepened, revealing two adorable dimples, as he took a step toward her. "You look like you're searching for someone." He glanced around, surveying the park.

"Oh." She shook her head. "No, I...I wasn't looking for anyone." She blinked a few more times as the handsome guy tilted his head to the side and examined her face.

She tucked her lips in and pressed down, suddenly rethinking the baggy green shirt.

"I'm Gabriel," the stranger said, holding out his hand. "Kissing Festival virgin and reality TV fan. I like long walks on the beach and hate waking up before noon."

Scarlet smiled, both grateful and disappointed the beautiful boy chose to greet her with a handshake instead of a kiss—what is wrong with me?—and took his hand. "I'm Scarlet," she began. "Kissing Festival protester and avid coffee-drinker. I like to draw and I'm also not a morning person."

"I like you already," Gabriel said as they shook hands.

His hand felt cool and dry in the warmth of the summer night. He looked at her with genuine kindness, flashing his dimples.

Scarlet wanted to swoon.

Her smile deepened. They ended their handshake and Gabriel shoved his hands into the front pockets of his perfectly fitting jeans.?

"So, you're not a fan of the festival?" he asked with a sparkle in his golden eyes. "Too many guys to fend off?"

Scarlet rolled her eyes, "Uh, no. It's not the 'guys' I'm worried about. It's the whole freakin' town. Everyone is so...." Scarlet tried to think of a nicer word than "wacky".

Gabriel prompted, "Happy? In love? Giddy?"

"Yes. It's so weird," Scarlet said. "I came last year, and vowed never to return again. But my best friend shamelessly begged me to come and I totally caved. And now I'm surrounded by..," Scarlet gestured to the crowd in the park, "All these love-sick goobers."

Gabriel laughed. "Yeah, I hate love-sick goobers. They're so happy and annoying and pleasant...always trying to be nice and friendly." He rolled his eyes dramatically, "It's so irritating."

Scarlet smiled, "Shut up."

He said, "So, why did you vow never to return? Was it the dentist guy? Because that's totally understandable."

Scarlet laughed, "You saw him too? He's so creepy."

"Totally," Gabriel gave a fake shudder, making her laugh.

She answered, "No, actually, I didn't want to come back because last year I watched the kissing relay games and nearly threw up. That's why I tried my very hardest to stay at home tonight."

"And when you say your 'very hardest' you're referring to your complete lack of resolve when caving to your best friend, correct?"

Scarlet nodded, "Precisely."

Gabriel laughed, "I like you, Scarlet. What's your last name?"

"Jacobs." Although he was a complete stranger, Gabriel made her feel safe and, for some reason, Scarlet instinctively trusted him. He made her feel normal.

And so help her, Scarlet wanted to feel normal.

"Scarlet Jacobs," he said, thinking it over with his pretty golden eyes. "I like it."

"And yours is?" she asked.

Gabriel smiled slowly, waiting a beat as if deciding how to answer. "Archer," he said. "Gabriel Archer."

Scarlet tilted her head to the side, wishing the name meant something to her in the same way his musical voice had. But no.

"So," he said, looking around with mock seriousness. "Where's this conniving best friend of yours? I'd like to congratulate her on suckering you into attending this absurd festival of love and happiness."

Scarlet smiled as she pointed to where Heather stood in line at one of the many kissing booths.

"The blond wearing all pink?" he asked.

Scarlet nodded, "Yep. That's Heather."

"Ah," he said. "She looks like a love-sick goober. She looks happy."

Scarlet smiled. Heather was happy. Happy and bubbly and excited about everything. And beautiful in that Ms. America way every girl envied.

She was nothing like Scarlet.

Heather was loud, outgoing, fashion-savvy, and girly.

While Scarlet was quiet, sarcastic, not interested jewelry and dressed like a boy.?

But their friendship worked.

As different as they were, Scarlet felt more bonded to Heather than anyone else she'd met since her awakening.

Because Heather accepted Scarlet. Amnesia and all.

They'd met last summer at the mall, just a few weeks before junior year began. Laura had taken Scarlet to buy a new wardrobe since Scarlet's park incident hadn't exactly come with a closet full of clothes.

Heather had spotted Scarlet eyeing a baggy pair of jeans and had immediately interjected herself into Scarlet's life as her personal shopper.

Soon after they became close friends.

When Scarlet first told Heather about her amnesia, Heather had freaked out.?

Not in the expected O-M-G-you're-a-weirdo kind of way, but in a O-M-G-this-sounds-like-a-movie way.

Heather spent months talking nonstop about finding Scarlet's parents, starting a 'Who is Scarlet Jacobs' fund, and doing DNA testing to see if Scarlet was from a different planet.

It had been a little obnoxious.?

Sweet, in an over-bearing, obsessive friend way, but obnoxious.

Heather thought it was "cool" Scarlet didn't have a past. She was convinced Scarlet had been a government spy, and had her memory erased in order to ensure the safety of the world.

Because Heather was a drama queen.

But it was easier for Scarlet to play along with Heather's ridiculous government theory than it had been to wallow in self-pity. Heather had been a welcome distraction.

In a way, Heather had saved Scarlet's life. Or at least, her emotional well-being. She'd given Scarlet something to laugh about and a friendship to believe in.

She'd given Scarlet hope.

She was bright and sunny and full of positivity. Sometimes it was annoying, but most of the time, Scarlet needed it. She valued Heather's role in her life and respected her a great deal.

Even though at this very moment Heather was paying to kiss a boy.

"Yeah," Scarlet continued. "She is definitely happy."

A moment of silence hung between her and Gabriel. Scarlet shuffled her feet, unsure of how to continue their conversation. "So this is your first Kissing Festival?"

Gabriel ran a hand through his dark hair, "Yeah."

"What do you think?" Scarlet smiled and raised a brow.

"Honestly?" He gave a crooked smile and shrugged. "I think it's...charming."

"Charming?" Not the word Scarlet would have chosen.

He nodded, all sarcasm gone from his voice. "Yeah, it's...I don't know...nice. Everyone being friendly and positive. People dancing and laughing. It's...refreshing. Sometimes the world is a cold place but this...this is nice. It's warmhearted." He smiled as he looked about the park.

Scarlet wrinkled her brow, "I guess so...." Up until that moment, Scarlet hadn't seen any upside to a town full of affectionate neighbors. She'd only seen a city of people using an old war tradition as an excuse to make out with the hot checkout girl from the grocery store. But come to think of it....

Scarlet looked around at some of the happy couples nearby; whispering in each other's ears, playfully kissing beneath paper stars, sharing lip-shaped popsicles.

It was kinda sweet.

The bright twinkle lights glowed above the dancers while love songs floated into the air....

"I guess, you're right. It's sorta...pleasant. All the love and flirting." Scarlet looked around again and spied an elderly couple feeding each other chocolate candies.

She leaned to the right, accidentally brushing arms with Gabriel, and her insides sparked at his touch. Scarlet blushed and immediately repositioned herself so there was space between them.

They watched the park crowd for a moment in silence as she waited for the heat that had flooded her face to subside.

Gabriel cleared his throat.

"Free Lovers Lemonade!" A woman wearing a pink sundress walked past them carrying a tray of pink lemonade.

She handed each of them a cup and moved on.

Gabriel looked at the cup, and then gave Scarlet another crooked smile. "Wanna walk around with me? I promise to protect you from the sidewalk dentist."

Scarlet smiled. "Sure."

For a minute they strolled in silence, crossing the grassy park while observing the dancers and merchants and kissers. Scarlet took a sip of her lemonade and welcomed the ice-cold liquid sliding down her throat.

"So tell me about yourself, Scarlet." Gabriel said. "I mean, I already know about your love for coffee and sleeping in—which makes you awesome, by the way—but what else?"

She inhaled deeply, thinking of where to start.

Well, a year ago I was abandoned in a park on the other side of town and then taken into custody by this pretty woman named Laura, who gave me a home so I could have a normal life and go to high school.?Oh, and, I have amnesia. You know. Same ol', same ol'.

Yeah, probably not the best way to keep Gabriel around. Instead, Scarlet decided to go with the random-facts-about-yourself answer.?

"Well...I speak Spanish," she said.

One of the few perks of having amnesia was that, every once in a while, Scarlet would 'remember' she knew something interesting.

Like Spanish.

She'd discovered her mastery of the language in last year's Spanish class.

"That's cool..." he said, sucking down his drink.

"Also..." Scarlet took another sip of her drink. "I'll be a senior at Avalon High this year. And I love ice cream. What about you? Who is Gabriel Archer?"

He laughed, "Well that could take me all night to explain. The short answer? I just moved here from New York. I'm a fan of this pink lemonade," he took a sip, "And I don't like snakes."

Scarlet nodded.

"But I do like this festival."

Scarlet nodded, "Right, because of all the love and positivity and goobers."

He smiled, "Among other things."

She smiled back.

They slowed their walk to a standstill and suddenly Scarlet was very aware of how close they stood to one another. She looked up and saw paper stars dangling from the tree above.

Something akin to panic shot through Scarlet.

Why did Georgia have to have so many trees?

Paper stars were everywhere.

Her heart began to race at the thought of Gabriel kissing her. Half of her wanted him to, but the other half—the sane, logical, you-don't-like-to-kiss-strangers half—wanted to flee from the park and burn down every tree in Georgia.

What was wrong with her?

She was so confused by her own heart. It was pounding in panic at the thought of kissing a guy she'd just met and hammering in delight at the thought of kissing the beautiful boy in front of her.

She was no better than any of the other kiss-crazy townspeople.

Her eyes fell from the stars down to his mouth and quickly back up to his eyes.

Gabriel followed her eyes, noticed the stars and tilted his head. "Do you think it's weird to kiss someone you barely know?"

No, it's perfectly normal and gives us a fantastic excuse to make out. Kiss me!

"Totally weird," she said, immediately wanting to slap herself.

"Me too," he said.

Scarlet's heart sank a little.

Gabriel flashed his dimples, "I guess now I've got a good reason to get to know you, don't I?"

Scarlet narrowed her eyes at him playfully, "Who said I'd let you kiss me even if you got to know me?"

He nodded his head with a smile, "Challenge accepted."

Before Scarlet could conjure up a snarky comeback they were interrupted.

"I'm baaaaack!" Heather rushed up to Scarlet, completely unaware of Gabriel. "I came, I kissed, I conquered. Now, let's go find you a hot guy with a tasty mouth." Heather reached for Scarlet's arm, caught sight of Gabriel, and froze.

Her mouth hung open for a moment as she took him in. "Or...," she looked Gabriel up and down shamelessly. "We could just stay here and talk to this lovely gentleman." Heather whipped her head around and shot Scarlet an O-M-G-who-is-this-hottie? look.

Scarlet cleared her throat, "Heather this is Gabriel. Gabriel, Heather."

Heather put on her best smile and turned to Gabriel, "Why, hello Gabriel. It's nice to meet you."

Dimples showing, Gabriel said, "You too, Heather."

"Are you new to Avalon? I've lived here all my life and I don't think I've ever seen you before. I'm pretty sure I'd remember." She may as well have batted her lashes for all the flirt dripping from her tongue.

Scarlet rolled her eyes.

"Yes, I'm new to town." Gabriel smiled politely, his golden eyes flashing to Scarlet.

"Well, then, welcome to Avalon. And welcome to the Kissing Festival." Heather went up on her tiptoes and gave Gabriel a kiss on each cheek.

"Thank you," Gabriel said, graciously receiving and returning the kisses.

"Would you like to join us as we go watch the kissing relays?" Heather said, rubbing her hands together like sweating people kissing in between sprints wasn't disgusting.

Gabriel hesitated.

"You should come," Scarlet said, hoping he'd join them. "I might throw up. It'll be fun." She liked being near him and listening to his voice. She didn't want him to leave.

He smiled, "As much as I would love to watch you vomit, I can't. I have to go."

Scarlet nodded her head and tried to keep her smile in place; not showing her disappointment.

Heather said, "Will you be here tomorrow night?"

"Uh..," Gabriel looked at Scarlet, blinked for a moment and said, "Yes. Yes, I will."

"Fantastic! We'll see you tomorrow, then." Heather said, and again gave Gabriel two cheek kisses goodbye.

"It was nice to meet you, Heather." Gabriel said. He looked at Scarlet a moment, showed his dimples and said, "Goodbye, Scarlet Jacobs."

"Goodbye," she said, as casually as possible, even though she wanted to shout, Don't leave! You make me feel normal!

Gabriel smiled one last time before disappearing into the crowd of kissers.

Not two seconds passed before Heather turned to Scarlet with her mouth hanging open. "O-M-G, Scarlet. W-T-H?"

Heather actually spoke in text language. It took Scarlet a long time to get used to this—mostly because Scarlet had to learn text lingo in order to decipher conversations with Heather.

Sure, Scarlet wakes up in a park with a complete understanding of the Spanish language...but 'LOL'? Nothing.

"What do you mean?" Scarlet asked, sucking down the remainder of her pink lemonade with a sigh. Gabriel was gone and so was the feeling or normalcy Scarlet had briefly enjoyed.

"Um...hello? Hot guy chattin' you up at the Kissing Festival? Where did you find him?"

"Find him? He's not a cereal toy, Heather."

"No—but ooh! How awesome would that be? You open a box of Trix and wham! Out pops a hot guy! I would so eat more cereal. He's gorgeous. I mean, like, Greek-god-gorgeous. How did you meet him?"

"He just came up and started talking to me while I was waiting for you to finish at the kissing booths. How'd that go, by the way?"

"Worth every penny. Tell me more about Gabriel."

They walked together past a breath mint stand. "His name is Gabriel Archer. He's from New York. And he doesn't like snakes."

Heather raised her eyebrows and waited for more. "That's it? That's all you got?"

"Well, pretty much. It wasn't an interrogation. We just...talked."

"Did you kiss?"

"No." Scarlet said.

"Lame."

Scarlet sighed, "I know."

"Tomorrow," Heather said. "Tomorrow I will make sure you two kiss. And I will also be in charge of your outfit. You, clearly, cannot be trusted to dress yourself."

Scarlet looked down at her green top and innocently said, "What? You don't like my green shirt?"

"It's not a shirt, it's a curtain. You look like a bad set of drapes from the 70s. But no worries! Tomorrow I will make sure you look stunning. Now," Heather began with a crooked smile. "Let's go watch our friends' parents run laps and pass the baton of saliva."

Wonderful. Let the retching begin.

Scarlet mocked a gag but followed her friend through the crowd anyway.

Something about meeting Gabriel had put Scarlet in a better mood. She almost didn't hate the festival anymore.

Almost.

Just as they left the grassy park, Scarlet caught sight of her mystery boy-in-black. He was farther away this time but she could tell he was still looking at her. His gaze was more intense than before and Scarlet felt her heart tightening.

Her mind sparked again at the promise of a memory.

She slowed her steps to eye him more clearly but a group of people passed in front of her, blocking her view. When the crowd cleared he was nowhere to be found.

Scarlet stretched her gaze across the park as far as she could but found nothing. He'd been there one moment and gone the next.

Just like the memory.

Meet the Author

Chelsea Fine’s passion for writing began when she took a creative writing course during her studies at Arizona State University and found herself not only enjoying the class, but energized by it. She has been dabbling in fiction ever since. She lives in the Phoenix, Arizona, area with her husband and two children who graciously tolerate her obsession with superheroes and complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

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Anew: The Archers of Avalon, Book One 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Vanilla_Orchids More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. While you can find a lot of books with some similar aspects to them as this one, I really felt that this has a uniqueness that makes it stand apart from others. You have Scarlet Jacobs, a girl who just woke up in the middle of a forest one day with only the memory of her name and age, nothing more. The story really begins two years later, just before her senior year of high school. She meets Gabriel Archer at a festival. His voice is so familiar to her and she instinctively knows she can trust him, though he's a stranger to her. Things become even more complicated when Scarlet learns that Gabriel has a twin brother named Tristan, who seems to hate her though she feels an even stronger pull towards him than even to Gabriel and that confuses her all the more. Now there is a lot of mystery to this story! You slowly, bit by bit, learn about Scarlet's past and that the Archer's are searching for something that they feel will solve all their problems but they don't have a clue how to find it. But then again, Tristan has his own solution to the problem but that's not as easy as he'd like it to be either. He too is in search of something specific. Something other than what Gabriel is hoping they find. As you might suspect, this story contains a love triangle and while I don't mind love triangles at all, it's sometimes difficult to choose who to root for. Both Gabriel and Tristan are good guys, even if Tristan is mean to Scarlet quite often. It's just that there is a reason for his attitude. However, when he lets his guard down he's amazing. As for Scarlet's best friend Heather, I wish I had a best friend like her. She's spunky, witty, a little crazy ... well maybe a lot crazy, and she's fiercely protective of Scarlet. Plus she's annoyingly fashion conscious. But you gotta love her. Anew is intriguing, fun, heartbreaking, and mysterious. I have to admit, I was crying by the end because let me tell you ... it ends in the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. If I hadn't been crying I might have been yelling at the book, telling it it can NOT end that way. LOL There are many unanswered questions that I can not wait to learn the answers to. Awry, book two in the Archers of Avalon series is scheduled for release later this year and I'm dying to read it. :) I definitely recommend Anew! NOTE: I received a copy of Anew from the author.
DaniLove413 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit I absolutely LOVED this book! I'm a huge fan of the supernatural and having not one but two hott twin boys who happen to be immortal, HEAVEN! I read this book once before, but got so involved in reading so many others with my friend I stopped blogging and writing what I thought and felt on the books! So to get back to that I decided Anew should be the first one considering Awry, book 2 in The Archers of Avalon Series, releases tomorrow! SO EXCITED BTW! Anyways back to the book!! So Scarlet wakes up at 15 in the forest alone suffering from amnesia, the only thing she seems to remember is this design, but has no idea what it means. Well two years later, at a kissing festival she meets Gabriel Archer. Her life from then on changes and then she meets Tristan and from then her entire world is completely upside down.. Why you ask, well you'll have to read that to figure it out! What I will say is that I was completely confused and even after reading it again, my confusion hasn't died off, it is still completely intact. Is she meant for the good guy Gabriel or the complex Tristan? My vote definitely goes to the hot tattooed Tristan! I seriously can not wait to read Awry and see what happens next! To leave you, I found two quotes that just wont leave my head, they are both from Scarlet but I won't tell you who she is talking to or about... I'll leave that for you to figure out ;D "She parted her lips and inhaled, trying to absorb as much of him as he'd let her. He smelled like leather and soap and all things wonderful as he pressed his lips to hers." "I don't care if I die a thousand more times....I need you to live." And with that I will say goodbye and happy reading! Go buy the book now and be ready for Awry releasing June 12!!!
Sylie More than 1 year ago
Scarlet Jacobs doesn't remember anything of her life before she appeared alone in the woods two years ago. The only thing her amnesiac mind sees clearly is a design of a mysterious symbol. After so long without any more glimpses of her past Scarlet is about ready to give up. And then she meets the Archer brothers. Two Greek-god-like boys that seem to strike a cord deep within her, if only she knew why. Scarlet's life will be turned upside down with the revelation of a terrible curse cast on her...wait for it... five hundred years ago! The whole mystery behind Scarlet's amnesia and how it's all slowly getting revealed, her crazy fun friend Heather, plus two hunky boys that want to save her, kept my eyes glued my kindle all through the night! Entertaining, romantic, and filled with emotion, Anew is an excellent beginning to this series. The characters a lively and interesting, the plot is filled with secrets, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! The story is told in the three exciting POV's of Scarlet, Gabriel, and Tristan. Scarlet was fun to read, especially since she's almost always with Heather, her crazy fashionista friend who is just hilarious. I think Scarlet deals with her amnesia and the revelations really well. Thank goodness for heroines who don't just break down into a puddle of useless crying goo. Gabriel and Tristan were just a treat to read, a delicious and yummy treat. The only thing they have in common are their looks (well and their love for weapons other than guns), in everything else they are complete opposites. While one is sweet, cute and carefree, the other is dark, dangerous, and angry (but not in a cliché way). Tristan has a valid reason for being that way, and boy did it break my heart! My mind went blank and I stopped breathing for a moment when he revealed his plan. I didn't like Gabriel as much because he never seems to be taking the curse that seriously, always saying they have time when they really don't. I also don't think he really loves Scarlet, and I mean to REALLY love her. My one and only complaint is that (damn it) the ending was a cliffhanger! Gah. Now who knows how long until I can immerse myself into Scarlet, Grabriel, and Tristan's lives! And believe me, there is reason to come back after that final scene! So go out, or click the links above and go get yourself a copy of Anew because you want to know the story of the Archers of Avalon.
clarinetto14 More than 1 year ago
So usually I don't write really long reviews to the books I read... because you know I have my never ending pile of To Be Read books... but Anew deserves an exception to this! So back in October I first read Sophie and Carter and absolutely fell in love with it. And it wasn't just the story either I loved the writing style and it was just a really enjoyable book to read. So then I decided to buy this book for my Kindle since I enjoyed Sophie & Carter so much, but I wasn't entirely sure about it... When I first read the description, it seemed like the kind of paranormal romance that is a dime a dozen, but I figured I'd give it a chance. Positive Aspects: Characters: Well first there's Scarlet who isn't really your typical heroine. She's the independent, empowered teenage girl that most girls strive to be. Then there's Heather who the perfect comic relief in a rather heavy book. I loved her obsession of shopping that might out beat mine! Next we have the Archer brothers who are the perfect dark, mysterious strangers that all good stories need. Gabriel was just so sweet about everything while Tristan was just... well there really isn't words to describe a boy who would kill himself to save you now is there? And he gave up Scarlet to his brother... just wow. Lastly we have Nathan who was just so cool!! I loved how the brothers conspired to keep everything from Scarlet only for Nathan to show up and tell everything... And he's a video game nerd! How cute! Paranormal: So its not really your usually paranormal book... there's no vampires or werewolves or fairies to be found! Which I thought was a breath of fresh air! Plot: So at first I totally thought the Archer boys had evil interior motives... I mean one of them was watching Scarlet and the other refused to tell her anything about his past... It all seemed pretty sinister to me! But then through and through everything worked out and find out almost everything while Scarlet is left in the dark. So overall this was a great plot that kept my attention... actually the bulk of my reading was done in about one morning ( in which I read continuously) : ) Ending: Ah the ending... this gave me mixed emotions... but it was rather unpredictable (view spoiler) Negative Aspects: I have to wait for the sequel until this summer (2012)!!!! How will I survive!! ____________________________________________________ Thus this book deserves the whole five stars. With the lovable characters, interesting plot, great writing style, and the unpredictable ending! I can't wait for the sequel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amnesia takes away all of Scarlet Jacobs memories but not her charisma and the essence of her personality. Who she is shines through in every page and how she handles every situation thrown her way. When her best friend Heather drags her to a festival in town she had no interest in being at, her past finally makes an appearance in her present. In the form of a boy. Someone who makes her soul sing in recognition. There begins the roller-coaster of trying to piece together her life and in the mean time stay out of danger... Chelsea brings us the beginning of what is sure to be an interesting trilogy. Fresh in its spin of immortality, curses and Love. In her multiple POV writing you get a chance inside each of the main characters heads and see how things unfold from behind their eyes. You without a doubt will develop favorites as you read on and see what motivates each person in their actions. She thoroughly explores the difficulty of attraction, first love and the struggle to always put the person you love ahead of yourself, the beauty of self sacrifice and especially friendship. You will be left thirsty and craving answers to some of the impossible questions of this plot and rooting for different sides of an intricate love triangle...all things that can be expected in Books 2-3 Take a step into Avalon, Georgia...you won't regret it.
b_ls More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of this book before and I was just browsing around on Goodreads and came across it. This was a unique book with a very interesting take on love triangles. I usually am very iffy about stories with love triangles because I find them annoying at times unless you do it right. And this one was done very right. I had a hard time putting it down because I had to know what was going on and why things were happening the way they did. I have a whole new appreciation for doodling :) You will understand when you read this book. Scarlet is a very fun character to read about. I didn't find her annoying at all. She was not the whiny type. Even though she couldn't remember her life she didn't really dwell on it as much as I thought she would. She came off as normal and just living life. I really felt like I could relate to her. She wasn't a real girly girl and neither am I. And her best friend always trying to make her dress better and be more of a girl was entertaining. I agree that kissing festivals are interesting and I think more towns should take part :) Now to the boys! I liked Gabriel a lot at first he was my favorite. But, by the end of the book Tristan became my leading mad. He broke my heart. I felt terrible for him. What he must go through on a day to day basis, in pain like that. (I won't tell you why though sorry). I wish the best for him. I guess everyone loves a bad boy.  I can't wait to see what happens in the next book due out this summer. I hope Scarlet learns more about her past and I am very curious to see what happened in her last life! The ending is a pretty big cliffhanger so waiting will be difficult. All in all a very fun read that keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. And a very interesting, fresh take on love triangles. Check it out!
SSB83 More than 1 year ago
I was completely engrossed in this story from page 1. The characters were each individually compelling, and I found myself not wanting to put it down. With each twist and turn I was finding myself glued to every word and page. The ending was one hell of a cliffhanger, and I am eagerly anticipating book 2!
lizziefx More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very good and went right into book #2 in the series (and loved it!) and am now awaiting book #3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally addicting. You feel like you know the characters and experience life with them. Chelsea has a magical way with words which creates "literary crack". You will not be able to put it down.
SanahDhillon More than 1 year ago
READ IT! If you haven't already. I found Anew through my goodreads recommendations and I was not disappointed. It caught my eye at first because it was unique. No werewolves or vampires. (not that I have anything against that) And also it didn't give too much away in the description. I've noticed in many books where the back of the book gives you half of the plot before you even open the book. Anew gave me enough to make me curious but not too much where I already know what's going to happen. The protagonist of our story Scarlet Jacobs (and can I just say I am in love with her name) is a badass. One of the reasons I probably really loved this story was because she wasn't a damsel in distress waiting for someone to save her. And she actually stated her opinion when she didn't agree with something. I will warn you though it ends with a cliffhanger that will leave you restless until you have the next book. 
code7r More than 1 year ago
“Anew: The Archers of Avalon (Book One)” by Chelsea Fine did what a book should do. It made me want to read the next book in the series! “Anew” follows the story of Scarlet who wakes up in a forest when she is 15 years old and all she can remember is her name. Skip ahead two years and Scarlet is now 17 and still has no memory of her past, only a symbol that she keeps drawing over and over but doesn’t know what it means. Her best friend, Heather, is blonde, beautiful, and boy crazy and she is on a mission to get a boyfriend for Scarlet. Scarlet has no problem attracting boys, but distances herself because of her amnesia. Until the Kissing Festival. There she meets Gabriel. It is also at the Kissing Festival that she notices a mysterious man who keeps watching her. And why is there a familiarity with both of them? This book is a good read. The author keeps the reader interested from the moment she starts the book with “she awoke with her face against cold, damp dirt.” I like all the characters. The best friend, Heather, brings needed comic relief to a serious story. Gabriel and his twin, Tristan, are polar opposites but have the same objective when it comes to Scarlet. Scarlet brings across a vulnerableness that makes the reader sympathize with her. The only character that was not fleshed out was Scarlet’s guardian, Laura. I didn’t understand her purpose in the story, except maybe she becomes important in the next novel in this series. This book would appeal to teenagers and young adults alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YA book with some interesting plots and twists. Some areas are a little confusing in the plot as the reasons/intent not clear or plot has not been built to support it. I cannot determine who I like and who I don't. I look forward to the next part of the story. If you like paranormal but are tired of vamps... this works well and is for you!
sjune More than 1 year ago
Let me start of by saying "Have you seen the cover?!" The contrast of colors (not to mention that purple is my favorite color) is beautiful and the font of the title with the play on a bow and arrow is striking. Then after reading the summary I was intrigued to see what the story held and I was NOT disappointed. It's hard for me to hear of Avalon and not think of a magical place. It seems Avalon, Georgia has some hidden magic of it's own living in the nearby woods where Scarlet mysteriously wakes up not knowing who she was or how she got there. I couldn't imagine waking up and not knowing who I was or anyone one, but Scarlet seems to be functioning just fine with the help of an over the top protective best friend, Heather. She does have an adoptive mother Laura who isn't very present, but through the book I get the feeling there is more to Laura than what is revealed and my gut thinks if there is as secret she's hiding, it may not be a good. Avalon has a kissing festival every year, where the whole town participates in kissing events and parties for three days. It's at this festival where Scarlet first sees someone that pulls feelings out of her suppressed memories. Then there is a voice that is like a blast out of her past and even better, the voice is attached to a very handsome Gabriel Archer. Scarlet has been leery of letting anyone in since she doesn't even know who she is, but she allows herself to get close to Gabriel and things seem to going perfectly. Perfect, until she meets Tristan, Gabriel's brother who looks just like him outside of his striking green eyes. Then strange things start happening to Scarlet and she fines out why these brothers seem so familiar to her and that her future doesn't look so great. She is determined to change things, but is also desperate to keep someone else safe, if she could only remember who before it is too late. I don't want to give away too much, because there are things that you must discover as you read the story. Anew has two very swoon worthy guys and lots of mystery and action. Chelsea did an amazing job with developing the characters in a way that you love them all, and Gabriel & Tristan are amazing and I have no doubt parts of their story will pull at your heartstrings. I can totally see why Scarlet is pulled to each one for different reasons, though I'll pulling for Tristan. There is just something about the darker brother with the piercing green eyes that I find intriguing. Oh, and then there is the cliffhanger ending! Oh My Goodness, there is a cliffhanger ending that will leave you begging for more! If you love a little magic, mysterious pasts, and totally swoon worthy guys then this is the book for you.
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UrbanGirlReview More than 1 year ago
Did it linger in my thoughts long after I read it? Yes, Anew is the kind of book you remember long after you read it.  From its racing pace to its shocking love-triangle, it is nearly impossible to put down.  The characters are all memorable with completely different personalities.   The writing has a effortlessness and ease to it.  The author writes in third person, allowing Scarlet, Gabriel, and Tristan to each have their own voice.  Overall, the writing flows smoothly from one character's point of view to next without any confusion.  I adore Heather's persona; everyone needs a girl pal like her. My pet peeve? My pet peeve is when the main character of a story purposely ignores her gut and goes ahead and does exactly the opposite.  Saying something like, "My gut is telling me not to trust him, but my heart says trust him..." anguish, anguish, and finally more anguish.  It drives me bananas! But other than that, I loved the story and can't wait to read the next one.  Anew is an original story with unforgettable characters and non-stop action.  
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Wonderlands_Reader More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. While I was reading it, there were times when I really, really loved it and times when I was skimming paragraphs and just trying to get through the chapter. That being said, I did enjoy the unique story line of this book. It was interesting figuring out all the mysteries that surrounded Scarlet's memory loss and the boys,Gabriel and Tristan. I hadn't expected what actually happened. I was thinking it had something to do with faeries since Avalon is known in faerie myths. This was definitely not a faerie book though! The characters were okay. Scarlet was a little irritating to me but that's just because she was so wishy-washy between both of the guys. I understood why the author did that though, considering there was a major love triangle in this book. However, I just didn't feel the connection between Scarlet and Gabriel. Their relationship felt very forced to me. The character that really made this book work for me was Tristan. He was so incredible and self-less. My big problem with this book was the plot line. It felt dragged out to me. There weren't many major plot points to make the story move forward quickly. As someone who likes more fast paced books, this one seemed to drag on. The ending was really great though. Left off on a major cliff hanger that left me at the edge of my seat! Thank goodness the next book is already out. Even with the slower pace, this book was still entertaining. A creative and new world, an interesting main male character, and a wonderful ending. I will be anxiously waiting until I get the chance to read the sequel!
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skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
Normally I don't do reviews. I don't like influencing other people's opinions on books. Because books--as I see it--are all about the reader's personal perspective and taste. But I had to share my opinion on Anew, because it was refreshing, intriguing, and had me clutching my kindle to my chest because of the story unfolding before my eyes. Now onto Anew. When I read the premise, I cringed. Love triangle. I hate love triangles. Most of the time, it's just a push and pull between the three characters, where the woman (because it's always a woman in the middle, right?) doesn't decide until the very end, almost as if she made up her mind using a coin toss. And most of the time, authors don't know how to write a convincing love triangle, where you don't end up hating the main character and you don't end up only on one team. Not to mention how tricky it is when you're dealing with two brothers vying for the same girl. After reading some of the reviews on Amazon, I still wasn't convinced I'd like the book. I mean, the good brother vs. the bad brother? It's cliched. The beginning of the book started off a little slow for me. But I kept going because I was really intrigued. The little bits and pieces of explanation thrown in the beginning chapters had me itching to read further so I understood what it all meant and how it came together. I like that about a book, making me want to keep reading because I just have to know what happens next right this minute.  Aside from the few grammatical and spelling errors, I loved this book! It was better than I imagined it would be. It had me laughing, crying, and my heart ripping in two for the characters. I thought the pace was set nicely, and that it kept pulling me in even when I wanted to scream in frustration because I didn't know what was going to happen. And the ending had me screaming: WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!  If you love suspense, the paranormal, romance, and fantasy, you'll love this book. It combines all those elements, with a beautiful love triangle that will have your heart melting in a puddle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Jakleendeghent More than 1 year ago
Anew was one of those books that I put off reading for some weird reason. I wasn't sold by the synopsis alone, but I read it anyway and BOY WAS I WRONG! Anew has it all: Action, Romance, and even comedy! I can't count how many times I LOL'd at something Gabe or Nate said.  The biggest thing about this series is the characters! You fall in love with them so easily and root for them. Even with the love triangle which was tastefully done in a way that I wasn't annoyed by it. (Hello Twilght?!) This triangle was crucial to the story and it honestly confused the heck out of me because I couldn't pick a side at first! A very enjoyable read and Chelsea Fine really has a knack for writing such lovable and realistic characters.  You won't be disappointed one bit!