Undertow

Undertow

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by K. R. Conway
     
 

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Luckless Eila is unknowingly the last of her kind: Rare. Gifted. Breakable. Stunning Raef is her kind's historic enemy: Soulless. Lethal. Lost. A legendary death 160 years before would set their lives to collide, forcing a beautiful killer to become a savior, a simple wallflower to become a warrior, and ruthless destiny to become a death

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Luckless Eila is unknowingly the last of her kind: Rare. Gifted. Breakable. Stunning Raef is her kind's historic enemy: Soulless. Lethal. Lost. A legendary death 160 years before would set their lives to collide, forcing a beautiful killer to become a savior, a simple wallflower to become a warrior, and ruthless destiny to become a death sentence.

SUMMARY:

Eila Walker knows luck is not a friend, so she is downright shocked to inherit a million-dollar Cape Cod home. 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.

When drool-worthy Raef O'Reilly becomes her friendly, yet weirdly protective shadow, Eila thinks life is pretty darn perfect - until she is hauled beneath the waves by an unnatural undertow. Revealing coal-black eyes and iron-like strength as he rescues her, Raef can no longer hide what he is . . . or what she can do. Eila, last of her kind, can supposedly channel the power of human souls, while Raef is more adept at stealing them. Even worse, the legend about her ancestor isn't such a myth, since Eila's grandmother was one kick-butt warrior until her lightning-like power backfired. A power that is written all over Eila's DNA.

Determined to stay one step ahead of a dangerous clan that is hunting her, Raef, along with three unlikely allies, will do all they can to protect her. But as hidden pieces of their brutal histories unravel, Eila begins to understand just what went down in the harbor square. She soon realizes that following in her grandmother's fearless footsteps may be the only way to save those she loves . . . including Raef.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/17/2014
While Conway’s debut shows promise, an abundance of clichés may discourage readers from continuing the series. From immortals having both angelic and vampiric traits to the “classic, Abercrombie-esque face” of heroine Eila Walker’s love interest, familiar elements overshadow the novel’s potential. When 17-year-old Eila moves across the country to take possession of a previously unknown family home in Cape Cod, there are several surprises in store: the house is a mansion built more than a century ago, terrifying dreams about an ancestor’s suspicious death begin to plague her, and she meets Raef, a mysterious boy with coal-black eyes. Eila soon learns that she’s descended from a line of warriors who use the power of human souls to fight an ancient evil. With Raef’s help, Eila must find a way to defeat the ruthless clan that’s after her before more innocent lives are lost. In addition to the contrived elements (Eila is the last of her kind; her sole parental figure conveniently leaves town), the dialogue can be stilted, but strong supporting characters should help carry readers past some of these bumps. Ages 12–up. (BookLife)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780989776301
Publisher:
Kathleen Conway
Publication date:
10/11/2013
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

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Undertow 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It contains a very unique and original universe with Mortis and Lunaterras and other supernatural creatures. This book is a very good page-turner. It has a lot of mystery within it's plot that you just want to keep reading and reading to know all the answers.  I was very shocked by several plot twists that left me truly amazed on how well the author organized her ideas to create this wonderful universe while making everything going on work out in the end. Secrets secrets and more secrets evolve the life of Eila Walker. After finding out that an anonymous buyer bought her deceased grandmother's old house. Eila decides to move to Cape Cod with her legal guardian, mae. What she doesn't know is that her life is going to take a 180 degrees change when she meets MJ, Ana, Raef and his brother Kian. If you plan to start to read this book just make sure your agenda is wide open because you won't want to put down the book once you have started it!! I really hope this book eventually is turned into a movie!! I can easily imagine who would be cast for each character and how well all of the scenes would work in the big screen. I can't wait to read Stormfront once it comes out on August 13th!!! This seems like a very promising series that all teenager would end up loving! :)  
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Although I figured out early where this book was heading, I still loved it. The moment Eila moves into a million-dollar Cape Cod home, she starts having visions of sorts, and whenever she’s around local bad boy Raef, she feels fear, although she can’t explain why. Eila is an amazing character with a great personality. She acted like a real person, and her friendship with Ana and MJ seemed genuine too. I can’t wait for the sequel. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
olivia_borden More than 1 year ago
kate is an amazing writer and an amazing person. the reason I know this is because she is my bus driver and was my sisters for 4 years
Booksalamode More than 1 year ago
Umm wow !!! I enjoyed full heartedly !! The story was breezy and easy . Then wham ... This is not your average story ! ! I felt alittle bit of the Salvatore brothers vibe with Raef and Kain  !! Which I love ! The setting of this story made me feel like I was there !!  I need the second book!!  I didn't want it to end !! Fantastic and enjoyable !!!! Just the right amount of supernatural!
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  What an amazing and absorbing read! The details and descriptions from K.R. Conway blew me away and I was sucked into this book in no time. It's a really great beginning to a series. It has that classic paranormal romance feel without seeming like all of the other books. Undertow definitely stands out in the sea of YA paranormals!   I really connected with these characters. They seemed authentic, and I could relate to different parts of all of them. Characters are always a big deal for me, so that was a relief! There are different layers to the characters, and I loved getting to know more and more about them as the story progressed! It definitely kept my attention!   I had no idea what to expect whenever I started Undertow. It can always be hit or miss with me and YA paranormal romance. But wow! This author absolutely blew me away. If you're a YA paranormal fan, you simply have to read Undertow! **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
Saptarshi More than 1 year ago
*** I received a free review copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*** Filled with mystery, action, suspense, and sweet heartwarming romance this book pulled me right into the story from page one and didn't let me put it down until the very end! This was such an interesting book with a really unique storyline that I have rarely read about before. It was nice taking a break from the usual paranormal topics and diving into this world of the Lunaterra and Mortis. I loved reading Eila's story! Eila was a great character with not only a strong firece and fiesty side, but also a very funny, sweet, and caring side as well. It's very easy to relate to Eila and the emotions she feels throughout this book. And Raef.... I don't how to describe him other than a super loyal, caring overprotective bodyguard who happens to be very hot. His determination to protect Eila was just so very sweet! Plus, I loved reading how their relationship slowly developed from strangers to friends, and finally to a couple. Aside from these two, I loved all the other supporting characters, namely Kian, Ana, and MJ. They were all so protective and supporting of Eila, and even though they aren't the main characters of this book, they still had a lot of depth, especially Ana and Kian. I have to admit that although I was totally engrossed in Eila and Raef's story, I still sometimes found my mind wondering to Kian and Ana's story. I was and still am curious about how Kian and Ana met and what really happened to make them the way they are now. The storyline was filled with suspense, mystery, and twists and turns all throughout the book. I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to anyone who loves paranormal stories, because this book will most definitely hook you in and not let you go until the very end!
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Undertow, Book 1 in the UNDERTOW Series, K.R. Conway Review from jeannie zelos book reviews This sounded intriguing, clearly paranormal in genre but what type – no mention of vampires or werewolves so I was keen to see what would develop. It has an almost Twilight feel to it, not the type of paranormals, but in the way they group fit and work together, playing off each others strengths and with the same dangerous combination of grouping. That's not a crit BTW I liked twilight Winking smile Anyway, the story starts off with a very normal slant, Eila and Mae move to the new home, Eila starts school, makes friends and of course, enemies, and there’s a hot boy there....and for the first half the story develops fairly slowly, it’s clear there’s something going on but not what. That works well, and any faster pacing would have been rushed, and this way we could really get to know the characters as individuals. Then the action start to heat up, Eila learns more about herself and some of the others, the danger starts getting real, and they need answers fast. I enjoyed this, I like a YA for a change sometimes and the Fantasy genre often delivers a well written one that suits my taste. This isn’t heart stopping terror-laden read, but then from a YA you’d not expect it to be, but the danger and the mystery does feel very real. I lied the characters, they had a realism about them and I felt I’d got to know them and how they’d react. The romance that develops worked well too, a slow start but one where we can feel the attraction though Eila wonders if its just one sided..and its not til near the end that she finds out more. It had a few twists I didn’t expect – the Raine connection for one, and I’m sure that will be knitted into the finale along with other developments. I’m keen to see where the story goes next. Stars: four – its a really fun easy read. ARC supplied via publisher and Netgalley
BooksbyNightMommybyDay More than 1 year ago
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 5 HUGE stars! Upon being gifted a million-dollar estate in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Eila Walker and her guardian Mae uproot their lowly lives in Kansas and move to their new home. Without anyone to even thank as the auctioned estate was mysteriously purchased and placed into her name, Eila and Mae are just thankful they no longer need to work their fingers to the bone to live. Knowing no one and not much about her new home, she sets off on another new adventure as well…staring her new high school. She makes a few friends her first day, as well as another boy that is also new to the school – who is of course model gorgeous and seemingly interested in her, much to the popular cheerleader’s chagrin. Along with her new friends MJ and Ana, and the mysterious hottie Raef O’Reilly, she feels her way through her new town and starts learning that some odd things have been happening in the Cape. Coupled with the frightening dreams of a woman’s possible death, Eila doesn’t know who she should turn to. She knows that it would just freak Mae out, but can she trust her new friends – or is there someone out to get her? I really enjoyed this story – while of course it follows the similar lines of girl + mystery/ off limits boy = teen romance, it had a different twist that I wasn’t expecting. Eila is a little bit clueless, but she definitely is a self-sacrificing girl that is willing to do whatever is necessary to protect those she cares about, but she often gets herself into trouble as she is ignorant to the curse that plagued her family. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series to see what happens next to Eila, MJ, Ana, and Raef!
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
Family secrets can be deadly. I loved the suspense and mystery packed into this story. There were a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing. The romance was nice and set at a decent pace with no insta love. I really liked the different aspects of this story and the paranormal elements really made the story that much darker. Eila was a strong heroine with attitude. I loved her sassy nature and that she didn't let others walk all over her. She really held her own even when things started to get messy. Her relationship with Raef was interesting, sweet, and at times funny. There interactions were never boring and I enjoyed seeing Raef getting under her skin even though he could be annoying. Raef is very protective, strong, and determined. He has lots of secrets and at first is hard to understand, but he has a reason for everything he does. He is kind and loyal to those he loves. I can't wait to see where he and Eila go in the future. This is one paranormal romance you won't want to miss!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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.
Tipsy-Ink More than 1 year ago
If it were at all possible, I would rate this title a 5.5! From page 1 I was swept away. I haven’t had the pleasure of reading such a unique read since ‘Scars of the Bifrost’. K.R. Conway’s way of writing first person does not limit the story, quite contrary really, it helps to move the story along in a way that anyone can follow and enjoy. I think one of the things I love most is the unique and original take on ‘Supernatural’ so different from the books now hitting the shelves. Don’t get me wrong, I still like the ‘traditional’ supes, its just nice to read something different every once in a while. Writers of this day almost always seem to fall into the comfort of writing about something we know and this is different, something we don’t know. Funny enough, this book was so well written that I found myself hooked (dangerously so, if you count almost burning my dinner). I can honestly say with a clear conscience that there isn't a thing about this book that I didn't like. The writing style while done in first person did not deter my ability or my want to read this book. There was way too much I liked. Even some of the twists didn't register in my mind until a couple of seconds before they were revealed so kudos for that Ms. Conway. I love every single character, good and bad. Their development was spot on! While I’m aware that there is much we have yet to discover, there is no doubt in my mind that this author spent countless hours meticulously crafting their back stories down to their favorite color and it shows in every loving key stoke. My only negative comment if you can even call it that would be “Do you hate your readers, because making us wait till summer of 2014 is just cruel and unusual punishment?” I don’t want to have to wait so long for book 2 but I will as I’m sure many other reader will! I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review. I was in no way compensated for my review and all opinions are expressly my own.
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Undertow, it had fresh ideas that I liked reading a lot. From the very start there is a mystery feel to the story, and as it progressed the more intrigued I was to know more. Elia Walker has struggled with her life, and not having her parents with her has made things difficult, but she is shocked to find out that she has inherited a million-dollar Cape Cod home. Not knowing who has giving her the house, she decides to take the opportunity of a life time. With that she moves to Cape Cod where adventures await and her family past is revealed.  Elia wasn't expecting to meet Raef O'Reilly, but the more time they spend together, the more protective and charming he gets. It is then that unexpected events happen and she notices how quick he is there to safe her. When Raef's true identity resurfaces, everyone around Elia is in danger including her. Now she has to find a way to safe those she loves. With a unique story line, Undertow is the perfect mix of mystery and paranormal. I'm really looking forward to reading more of the author and of the series. I recommend everyone to give this book a try.  *ARC provided by NetGalley*