UNDERTOW (Vol. 1)

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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.

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Eila Walker knows luck is not a friend, so she is downright shocked to inherit a ...

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Overview

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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780989776301
  • Publisher: Kathleen Conway
  • Publication date: 10/11/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 777,307
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.89 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It contains a very unique an

    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! :)  

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

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    Family secrets can be deadly. I loved the suspense and myste

    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!

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (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.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    If it were at all possible, I would rate this title a 5.5! From

    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.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

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    I really enjoyed reading Undertow, it had fresh ideas that I lik

    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*

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