Myths and monsters.
What if you had to believe the impossible...then fall in love with him?
Stephanie Starr thinks her senior year of high school is going to be like every other: an ordinary kind of awful stuck between a group of mean girls and her mother's overprotective mania.
Everything changes when gorgeous Haley Smith walks into her life. She doesn't understand why he wants her so badly and pushes him away. But, Haley won't give up. He can't give up. There's a shadow running through his blood tied to a curse in hers, and time is running out for them both.
Faced with rogue gods and deadly prophesies, Stephanie must survive the ultimate test in order to uncover the truth and save her mother, her friends, and her town. Nothing can prepare her for what she discovers, and no one can save her from her fate.
|Publisher:||Barkless Dog Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
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Stephanie is basically a social outcast because of the way her mother makes her dress and eat. Then Haley decides to go after Stephanie and he seems to be determined and will not give up. I liked the plot and story but the characters were really good. All the ins and outs poor Stephanie went through were just great. I also loved Haley’s role in this story. I recommend. **I received an ARC of this story for an honest review
Whenever I’m reading a story & I can see the events playing out like a movie in my mind—I know that I am completely immersed in it. That’s exactly what I got from Downcast. I loved reading this book. It never bored or disappointed me. How could you be bored in a story of Gods, Goddesses, first loves, high school and the possible end of the world?? I loved this book & I love the way the author wrote it. A lesser writer could have easily turned Reynolds’ very clever idea into a hodge-podge of expected, monotonous plots and characters. Reynolds doesn’t stop with having a fantastically creative and unique idea in “Downcast”—she writes it in a way that’s fun and easy to read; but also exciting and suspenseful as well. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from Cait Reynolds.
From the first page I was drawn into Stephanie’s story, entering her senior year of high school, she’s not expecting anything special. In fact, the best part about senior year will be when it ends, and she doesn’t have to deal with ‘those people’ anymore. Not in the popular crowd, Stephanie is the target of the mean girls at school but doesn’t get a break because her mother is constantly in her space and face: brusque, demanding, overprotective and not too stable. But the first day of school brings new students Zack and Haley. And Haley is oh so hot, and he seems to have a fascination with her. Stephanie can’t quite reconcile the mystery that is Haley, nor why he’s interested in her, let alone pursuing her like she was bacon-flavored and he was a large dog. Throughout the story, Reynolds uses Stephanie’s voice and point of view to great effect, which allows readers to immerse themselves in the details and emotions, without losing the plot in an information overload. Her humor is clever and pointed, and while she (and readers) are pulled into multiple directions with the bits of mystery and intrigue, but we never lose the focus on Haley and Stephanie. I loved the tie in to the myth: those familiar with their mythology will be amused with the ability Reynolds mixes the influence into the story, and while holding true to the myth doesn’t overplay her hand. In fact, the true reveal of the myth (and bits of the story) will come clear to all near the end of the story as Stephanie comes into her own and challenges her life and perceptions as she had come to know them. Fast paced but SO worth repeated reads, the characters will draw you in, the action will excite you and the romance is so sweetly growing that every reservation about Haley will be pushed to the back of your mind. Until the next weird moment or utterance. I can’t wait to see the next in the series to see where the story will go. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
What a wonderful novel. This was the first time I read a “remake” of a Greek myth and it was great. I admit that I could feel some of the very popular YA novels sneaking some lines and settings into the plot, which might be my imagination and it did not disturb in any way. If at all it felt comfortable for me to read and the interesting storyline based in ancient Greece gave the book something unique. The characters were good developed and their “placement” in the modern world was funny at times. I might mention without any spoiler a certain dog that made me laugh. There was some great dialog between the leads and the writing of the story was flawless and fluent in total. Somehow the end leaves me with the feeling of another book to come, which would be a nice touch and I am looking forward to it. My favorite quotes: 1. “Are you always this difficult?” Haley asked “No,” I replied stubbornly. “I’ve just started being difficult recently, but I’m getting better all the time.” 2. “You don’t owe me anything,” I replied. “Friendship doesn’t keep count. It just is.” > > > I have received this Book as an ARC from the Publisher < < < > > > In Exchange I promised an honest Review < < <