Hear Me by Viv Daniels

hear meFrom goodreads:

Listen… the bells have stopped ringing.

Once upon a time, Ivy belonged to Archer, body, heart, and soul. They spent long summer days exploring the forest, and long summer nights exploring each other. But that was before dark magic grew in the depths of the wilderness, and the people of Ivy’s town raised an enchanted barrier of bells to protect themselves from the threat, even though it meant cutting off the forest people—and the forest boy Ivy loved—forever.

And there’s a naked man lying in the snow.

Three years later, Ivy keeps her head down, working alone in her tea shop on the edge of town and trying to imagine a new future for herself, away from the forest and the wretched bells, and the memory of her single, perfect love. But in the icy heart of winter, a terrifying magic blooms—one that can reunite Ivy and Archer, or consume their very souls.

*Not meant for readers under 18.*


Hear Me was a quick and addictive read, I seriously couldn’t put it down.   Sometimes with a steamy read, you get writing that borders on mediocrity and but not with this book.  Viv Daniel’s writing is brilliant!

“Maybe there was a place where the people were safe, where Archer and his kin had carved out a place free from danger. Or maybe the dark magic her father had feared had consumed them all, and turned the only boy she’d ever loved into a monster beyond reckoning.”

And what I loved about this story was the fantasy element of the forest!! *throws confetti in the air*

the forest

Archer, came from the forest and fell in love with Ivy, a townie.  But as life would have it, they were separated and so begins all the drama of being reunited.

There’s a certain darkness when it came to Archer that I thoroughly enjoyed and I wished that could have been explored more.  Also, when Ivy and Archer gave in to their carnal desires *snickers* (don’t mind me…I crack myself up) it was quick and unexpected which felt jarring.  I wish the tension would have lasted longer.

The pacing was quick, almost too quick and had it been a full length novel vs. a novella, I don’t think I would have had issues with that or even with Archer and Ivy’s intimate moments.  Actually, the more I think about it the more I know that this book had no business being a short story. *sigh*

I’m not one to re-tell a story because I’m incredibly lazy *shrugs* but the less you know, the better off you are.  Who doesn’t love being pleasantly surprised? *wink*

“She just had to be careful and clever and brave. She could be Puss in Boots; she could be Jack the Giant-Killer. She knew all the rules. Her father had taught her when she was just a girl, and her father knew everything about the forest.”

Reading Hear Me is like being in a dream because they imagery is creepy and beautiful which was the best thing about the book!  Despite the its flaws, I still highly recommend it!  :)

*Note: Viv Daniels is the pen name for Diana Peterfreund*




Lost Voices (Lost Voices # 1) by Sarah Porter

7656222 From Goodreads:

What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help?
Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid.

A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. The mermaids are beautiful, free, and ageless, and Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: they feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks.

Luce’s own talent at singing captures the attention of the tribe’s queen, the fierce and elegant Catarina, and Luce soon finds herself pressured to join in committing mass murder. Luce’s struggle to retain her inner humanity puts her at odds with her friends; even worse, Catarina seems to regard Luce as a potential rival. But the appearance of a devious new mermaid brings a real threat to Catarina’s leadership and endangers the very existence of the tribe. Can Luce find the courage to challenge the newcomer, even at the risk of becoming rejected and alone once again?
Lost Voices is a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to forgive.


I haven’t read many mermaid novels, but after finishing the Lies Beneath series by Anne Greenwood Brown, I really wanted to read more! I really enjoyed that series! Unfortunately, this book wasn’t as enjoyable as I’d hoped. I haven’t decided if I’ll continue with the series or not. I think that this is the author’s debut book, so maybe the rest will get better. For a first book, I think it’s a good start, but it just wasn’t for me.

This book is beautifully written and filled with lots of mermaid imagery. Lots of beautiful descriptions! However, there were times in the story where I got bored and/or confused. It didn’t keep my interest and was almost a DNF (which is rare for me – I always try to finish my books!).

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The mermaids felt compelled to sing out, and their singing would lure humans to them. Then the humans would either drown or if they saw or heard the mermaids up close, then the mermaids would have to kill them. Apparently, because humans are bad. Humans did horrible things to the mermaids back when they were all humans. They didn’t need anything from humans nor did they get anything from humans (blood, power, strength, etc.). They just killed them just because. I’m not used to that, I’m used to characters having certain reasons for doing what they do. Does that make sense?

“I think at first I wanted to kill all of them. Everyone. Because if there were no people left alive, then I’d never have to love one of them again.”

There were several other things that I either just didn’t get or just didn’t like, but I’ll just list a few. I thought the mermaids themselves were annoying – it’s a bunch of teenage girls, so there’s LOTS of jealous issues. I kept thinking that the main character Luce would be better off on her own. However, even Luce would get on my nerves because she was very wishy-washy about her mentor, the queen of the mermaids. Also, I didn’t like the way the mermaids treating the infant/toddler mermaids (or “larvae” in the book).


So, the book really had potential and it’s full of beautiful imagery. However, the plot and the story itself just wasn’t for me. By the end of the book, I wasn’t sure what to feel other than relief that I finished it. Still not sure if I’ll read the rest of the series, but I hope they’re better and more interesting!

What about you, have you read any good mermaid books lately?





Cheating in Fiction

I don’t like cheating in real life. I don’t think people should have affairs, especially if they’re married. I don’t think it’s good even if you’re just dating. I just feel that instead of cheating on your boyfriend or girlfriend, just break up with them!! I know it’s hard, but I just feel that cheating makes things even worse. I have friends who have been cheated on, so I’ve seen the aftermath and it’s awful. Cheating = bad!! I know not everyone feels the same as me, and that’s fine. No worries, no judgment.


 Feeling the way I do about cheating in real life, makes it hard for me sometimes to read about cheating in fiction. Not the books where the main character is or has been cheated on and the story is about them picking themselves up and moving on with their life. I don’t have a problem with those. It’s the other books where they make it seem like cheating is okay.

I’ve recently read several books lately where there was that type of cheating aspect. One in particular was really a struggle for me to finish! Don’t want to spoil things, so I won’t be naming the books that I discuss. In this particular book, the main character (female) found out that her husband had to work and wouldn’t be able to go on their family vacation to the happiest place on earth. He just couldn’t get away from work for this vacation that they planned in advance. So, since most everything was non-refundable, she & their 2 small children went on the vacation. She suspects that he may be cheating because apparently he had already before and they’ve been trying to work it out ever since.  Anyway, upon arriving at their vacation spot, she runs into her old college sweetheart & his 2 small children vacationing there as well. His wife is a workaholic too, so she was unable to make the trip. They decide to do all the fun family things together – the kids love having new friends. Suddenly the 2 old sweethearts realize that they still have feelings for each other. And their both in bad marriages. And their kids get along so well. They should just be together & become a family of 6. So, then they have adult fun time after the kids go to bed. The book continues on as if that is okay.



 I really struggled to finish that book!! I don’t believe in cheating, so it made it hard for me to connect with the characters. I just wanted to yell at them. And maybe slap them, LOL! The book continued on like cheating is okay, and since it was a romance, it had a happy ever after ending. I don’t feel like cheating is okay, and I don’t like that the book made it seem that way. What about you, do mind reading about cheating in fiction?


 In other similar books that I’ve read recently, the cheating characters aren’t married, but one or both is in a relationship with someone else. The main characters start off as friends and gradually become closer. And closer. It’s that slow progressing love that we all love so much (Faye @ The Social Potato has a great post about that here). You fall in love too and want them to be together – at least until you remember that one or both of them is already in a relationship!!! Then I find myself talking to the characters in the book – “No, no, no, you can’t do that. You have to break up with ______ first!!” I get all conflicted and I don’t like it! Remember, cheating = bad!! But these characters are sooooo right for each other!! Ugh!! Too many feels!!!


be good either. However, in the books where the characters weren’t married, I didn’t struggle as much as I did with the book where the characters were married. I still think it’s wrong, but those other books just had more feeling! Aah, so conflicted!!!



So, what about you – does cheating in fiction bother you?


Love Like Crazy by Megan Squires



From Goodreads:


All things that can be considered—and oftentimes are—just a bit crazy.

With an alcoholic father and an absentee mother, seventeen-year old Eppie Aberdeen has learned firsthand that life’s circumstances aren’t always sunshine and roses.

So Eppie doesn’t expect the fairytale, because reality certainly isn’t one. She’s not waiting on the handsome prince with his white horse to come to her rescue. But even though she’s not waiting on it, that doesn’t stop nineteen-year-old Lincoln Ross from driving straight into her heart with his teal and white campervan and his too tall stature and perpetually goofy grin.

It’s difficult to believe in a happily ever after when a happy now is quite hard to find. But Lincoln gives Eppie hope that despite the odds, a true and unconditional love might actually be out there. A revised fairytale. A new kind of love story.

But then again, that might just be plain crazy.

(Love Like Crazy is an upper YA novel.)


“I’m going to show you I love you in what we do, and I’m going to show you I love you in what we don’t do, too… Everything, absolutely eveything will be my I love you, Eppie” – Lincoln


Don’t you just love  books that you expected nothing but to be fluff and then just… punch you in the gut?! Love Like Crazy is definitely that. I thought it’ll just be about a messed up girl falling in love with this guy and then they’re gonna have some problem blah blah blah then poof! They’re back together and I’ll just be happy for them. But no no no nooooo. Love Like Crazy is so much more than that. Even though Lincoln melts me EVERY TIME he opens that sweet mouth of his, this is really Eppie’s story.

Eppie is always sick as a child. Her chapters as a child broke me because all she wants is to play and join her friends and be a kid. But she’s always sick! And she don’t understand why because her mother is always taking care of her. ALWAYS. Until she found that she’s not the one who is sick. Eppie’s mother has a disease.. but she’s the one suffering from it. Now, I don’t want to tell you what disease is that because I want you to be surprised (or not) like me when you found out. I mean, I don’t know. I might be just ignorant about diseases but this is the first time I’ve heard of it. After reading, I googled it instantly and read stories online about this kind of case. Really heartbreaking.

Eppie really is kind of messed up, she doesn’t have much friends, her relationship with her father is non-existent… she’s alive, but not really living. Her past still have a hold on her and she feels like it’ll be that way forever. And then she found a dog in the street… and she also met Lincoln, aka my baby.

I love how this transition of Eppie happened slowly but thoroughly. Yes, Lincoln did help but I can see the determination within Eppie. Ii happened because she want it to. The characters in this book are very vibrant and wonderful. Every one of them. Eppie is very funny and really, this girl can be anyones best friend. Sure, you have to force an emotion out of her sometimes but I know that she’d be an incredible friend.

Listen, Eppie. I’ve heard about you. I know your own life isn’t all unicorn and flowers.”

“You’re right,” I nodded, shrugging in mock surrender. It’s actually Pegasus and balloons. Slight difference.

Did I mention she’s funny?

The pacing was kind of slow, that’s a reason it’s just a 4 for me. But other than that.. I just feel love.

“Who falls in love with baggage?”

“Oh Eppie.” Phil took the glasses off and tossed them onto the dashboard. Good call. “You don’t ever fall in love with the current version of someone, because I hate to burst you pretty little bubble, but that doesn’t exist. We’re the summation of our histories, so if this guy is truly falling in love with you, he’s falling for your past as  much as he’s falling for your present.”

Anyway, Love Like Crazy doesn’t have that much hotness and sexiness that this genre usually have, but it does have the butterflies and the mush and it has Lincoln. So. I think that’s much, much better. After reading this book, I feel light. I love books that makes me love Love and makes me believe in the power of love. It’s not cheesy, it’s Love! Eppie’s story will definitely bring a smile into your faces! Come on, who doesn’t want to read a book that brings smiles and butterflies?




For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund

For Darkness Shows the StarsFrom goodreads:

It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jump-starting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.


I have a confession to make.

Brace yourself.

It’s bad.

Like really bad.

I’ve only read one Jane Austen novel and it wasn’t Persuasion. *gasp*

I will give everyone a moment to recover from the shock before I get in to my review. *looks at wall clock*

For Darkness Shows the Stars is a book I knew little about and a good friend and trusted blogger gifted this to me.  She knew I would love it and I did.  It’s scary how well she knows my taste in books because this story took me right out of my massive book funk! *wink*

This is a YA story, set in a post-apocalyptic time period with incredible world building and characters that you will absolutely adore.  There weren’t any specific characters I hated and there were a few that I strongly disliked and those were the ones I felt bad for because they were simply a product of their environment.

What I found fascinating was the strict caste system and the societal pressures one had when your thoughts didn’t align correctly with the way one was raised. Enter Elliot North. She’s busy overseeing the dying estates and everyone who lives there.

Long ago she gave her heart to Kai and when Kai reappears back in her life…HO BOY! The chemistry between Elliot and Kai is subtle and yet palpable at the same time.  I loved Kai but I wanted to reach inside the book and shake him a few thousand times for being so blind!  Simply put, I live for the drama. *shrugs*

Elliot truly evolved as a character and as the story progresses, she begins to question the status quo and I couldn’t help but root for her the entire time!!  In essence, the world regresses and if you can believe this, they fear technology!!!!  But a revolution is coming and things were beginning to change.

“Envy hurt exponentially more than heartbreak because your soul was torn in two, half soaring with happiness for another person, half mired in a well of self-pity and pain.”

The romance isn’t blatant, it doesn’t overpower what’s happening and if hot and heavy is what you’re in the mood for…walk away now.  If you want an amazing story that’s beautifully written and unique, look no further.  ;)





Library Haul

I love libraries, especially my local library. And not just because I used to work in one, LOL. I go through spurts, but basically, I read A LOT. So, it’s either go in debt buying a whole lot of books or become a regular patron at my local library. The library became my enabler and dealer for my reading habit.


It’s a rarity if I don’t have anything checked out from the library. They don’t always have all the books on my TBR list, but they usually have a lot. My local city library is part of this wonderful thing called the county library system – so all the city libraries in our county are connected. One free library card = access to several city libraries. That means more books for me (and everyone else)! If my library doesn’t have the book (or books) that I’m looking for, I can go online and see if the other libraries in the county have it. Then I can request the book, and I can pick it up at my local library or even have it mailed to me! It’s awesome! I can even get on waiting lists for pre-published titles (books that haven’t been released yet).

So, I request books and get on waiting lists via the library. Occasionally, this happens.


This is my library haul from last week. All of these books came in at the same time!!  Some were newly requested (Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Legend, etc) and others I’ve been on waiting lists (Heir of Fire, Dorothy Must Die, Fatal Fortune, etc). I get to check them out for 2 weeks and can renew them if there is no one waiting for them.

Challenge accepted.

I’ve already read 4 of them (& really enjoyed them!): Soul Screamers Volume 1 by Rachel Vincent, while a big book, it was actually read pretty quickly. It’s 2 books and a novella of the Soul Screamers series. I’d previously read the 2 books, it was the novella that I was interested in. Then Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, and finally Fatal Fortune by Victoria Laurie.

So, that leaves me with Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, Legend by Marie Lu, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, and Variant by Robison Wells.

No problem – I can do this!!

Then I got an email that more of my requests were in. So, this is what I picked up this week.


Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Lost Voices by Sarah Porter, Losing Hope and Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. Looks like I have a lot of reading to do over these next 2 weeks! Woohoo!!   :-)

What about you – are you a regular visitor of the library? Do you usually get a library haul like this or even bigger?


Torture to Her Soul (Monster in His Eyes #2) by J.M. Darhower

22021942From goodreads:

Don’t say it unless you mean it… It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word. Somebody like me. I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out. Karissa. She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there. Not even close… God help me, I love her. I do. And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.


Maybe I need more Oreos in my life or just a vacation.  Most likely I need both. *shrugs*

When I say that I loved Monster in His Eyes, the first book…I mean it.  I loved it.  It’s sexy and dark and it’s the perfect book if you’re in between reads.


Torture to Her Soul was so painful to get through and it was unnecessarily long.

Nothing happened in this book.


Except the last 20% of the book and that doesn’t make up for everything this story lacked.

It was a snoozefest.

I think where this book failed is that it was in Naz’s POV and his voice simply wasn’t working for me.  What made him so fantastic the first time around is the fact we didn’t know much about him.  And yes, there are certain revelations that provide the AH-HA moment but it was through dialogue with Karissa that made it work well.

But in this book…

Naz mentions several times that he is a monster. Well Naz, that’s shocking and whatnot but for the love of sweet baby jeeeeeeeeeeeeeezus show me that you’re a monster instead of telling me. Also, his internal thoughts annoyed me more than once and not to mention, it didn’t always make sense.

“She’s not just under my skin, she’s in my organs, wrapped up in my cells, infecting me.”

nope She’s in my organs? Really?? That’s just weird. Like really weird.

“I’ve lived a life of darkness already, years where the sun didn’t shine on me, and now that I’ve seen daylight again, I don’t think I could ever turn my back to it.”

The dialogue felt forced and it came across as though the author was trying too hard to be lyrical with her writing.


I’m not sure what more I can say without sounding like a total crank-pot but obviously this book didn’t work for me.   With that being said, the average rating on goodreads is 4.29 stars and who knows, you may love it or not. ;)




Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia



From Goodreads: 
Viv’s ex-fiancé, Rob, proposed to her three months after she slept with him – she thought it was one of those whirlwind romances you read about in magazines. Five years later, after Rob calling off the wedding for the third time, she has finally moved out.

As Viv passes through the three essential stages of grief (denial, vodka, disastrous haircut), she becomes determined that it’s not too late to try and get Rob back. One drunken declaration of love at an extremely inappropriate moment later, and Viv’s scruffy, tequila-swilling best friend Max is there to pick up the pieces.

Just when Viv’s starting to realise that maybe the real thing has been under her nose all along, she makes what might just be the biggest mistake of her life…

Can love sneak up on us unexpected? What’s the answer to heartbreak? And what’s a girl to do when even the Internet doesn’t have the answer?

Never has heartbreak been so amusing… a refreshingly honest, achingly funny read for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Helen Fielding and Paige Toon.


I still find it hard to believe that I didn’t like this book. I mean, this is my genre! With that blurb and that quirky title.. wow, this is added on my list of ‘i-loathe-you-youre-such-a-liar’ book list. Yeah, I have that list.

I love Sophie Kinsella. Her protagonist understood my shopaholic tendencies and she’s one of the reasons I had that secret desire to be a Brit. (it’s over now) anyway, so when this book came my way and plastered that ‘FOR FANS OF SOPHIE KINSELLA’ on my face, I didn’t think twice and just read it.

The main character, Viv, is so stupid for her age. She’s bitter and kind of a nut job. Okay, I’m harsh… I’m not the one to judge and anyway, I *think* I understand, she’s heartbroken and all that. But when the guy is totally acting like an arse  AND everybody knows it AND everybody is telling you already and you’re still desperate to get him back???


She even hates her Grandmother for having a better love life than her. I swear, this girl is just so sad.

The plot was a bit of a mess too. I thought it would focus more on the ridiculous website that Viv did but really it was just about her getting back with her ex fiance. If she’s not doing that, she’s busy judging people, complaining about work or hating her GRAN.

The Romance aspect was a snoozefest and the love interest was like a tiny dot in the story. Sometimes I even forget that he exist in the story at all! Never Google Heartbreak is such a disappointment. High expectation is really not advisable.




Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

12000020From Goodreads: A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.



The surprising thing about Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the fact that not much actually happens, but at the same time, a lot happens.

This isn’t a book about some 16 year-old who can read minds. It isn’t about a girl who discovers a dystopian conspiracy. This book is simply about Aristotle and Dante, two 15 year olds who form an unlikely friendship and together set out to discover the secrets of the universe.

I will come out and say it before I say anything else: this book does not deal with absentee parents. On the contrary, there are two sets of parents here: Ari’s and Dante’s. They are happily married and very much in love. These are definitely the best-portrayed parents in a young adult book I’ve read of in a long time. They are supportive, caring, strict when they need to be, and compassionate. They are also human, so they make mistakes.

“We don’t always make the right decisions, Ari. We do the best we can.”

I also love the complexity of the main characters. Ari is an angry teen, while Dante is easy spirited. Ari talks with his fists while Dante talks about everything. The point is they were so complex. I saw myself in both of them. I could relate so well to Ari, but then Dante would say something and I’d relate so much to him, too. They are very real teens.

I loved how this broke with so many stereotypes and managed to captivate you just by listening to Ari & Dante’s story.

This is a very wonderfully written story! It isn’t plagued with flowery metaphors and purple prose, however the writing is so beautiful! It is so charming and simple and sweet. I loved the dialogue and the way everything was so cleverly written.

I have already read this book not once, not twice, but three times in the past weeks. I love it that much.

Simply put: this is a book that everyone should read.





Becoming Calder (A Sign of Love #1) by Mia Sheridan

becoming calderFrom goodreads:

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.


Let me start by saying that I didn’t love or hate this book. Simply put, it’s just meh and what’s baffling is that everyone has given this book 5 or 6 stars. *eye-roll* Really?? This book isn’t worthy of that rating all. Like not in the least bit.  No. Just no.  I know that reviews are subjective and I totally get that but still. *shrugs*

It held my interest because it starts in the present and goes to the past which sets the reader up for potential disaster.  Kinda predictable but whatever.  The reason I gave this story a chance is because the religious cult is the driving force of the plot.


Calder and Eden begin to question the inconsistencies of the daily happenings at Acadia which I loved but they also begin to doubt Hector, the creepy cult leader. As for the dialogue between Calder and Eden, it was so over the top sweet that it felt forced and out-of-place with their life. And that was a huge miss for me.

“As long as we’re both under the same moon, we’ll always find a way to each other.”

But wait, there’s more…

“He sifts through all the pebbles until he finds the smoothest one he can, and presents it to her as a token of his love.”


I’m all about a forbidden love but whatever happened to less is more?  What would have worked better was true secrecy.  Hector mysteriously goes away from the commune and these two get to get to spend almost every night together. How convenient. There was nothing forbidden about it.

The last 25% of the book became quite interesting but it didn’t change my opinion of the overall book.   It’s not amazing and it’s not beautifully written, it’s just okay. Since it ended on a cliffhanger, I’m inclined to read Finding Eden but I’m not in a hurry.