Katie and Issac have been going out for three years. One night Katie is feeling particularly neglected by her boyfriend and makes the mistake of kissiKatie and Issac have been going out for three years. One night Katie is feeling particularly neglected by her boyfriend and makes the mistake of kissing their best friend Mitch. Someone saw, told Issac and on their anniversary he dumps her and leaves her miles from her home to walk back in the rain. While she had been getting ready for their date, Katie borrowed a locket from her grandmother and chose to wear it. While she is walking home, feeling awful about things, she wishes that she could go back in time by two weeks and never kiss Mitch to begin with. The locket burns her skin and she opens her eyes back on the night of the dreaded kiss. She has the chance to fix her mistake, but changing her past is messing with her future and she isnt positive she can ever fix it.
This story was wonderful. I love the concept and the locket and how cruel it often was. The characters were nice too. I was left wondering about some of the things that happened in the alternate reality and if they had actually happened in the real reality or not, but it doesnt really matter if any of the things really happened, they helped Katie to grow.
Watching Katie and Mitch together was wonderful. I loved seeing how they were meant to be together. The wedding scene really sealed it for me. Mitch was so wise about things. The end of the last time travel is heartbreaking. I cried and cried.
I expected the ending. I was wishing for it really. I think I cried harder from getting my wish than I had from the sorrow of the last time travel.
This is a really hard book to talk about without spoiling it completely. I will say, that I shouldve read this book months and months and months ago when I bought it for my kindle on sale instead of waiting all this time ignoring this perfect story....more
Kylie’s life is falling apart. Her boyfriend dumped her because she wouldn’t put out, her grandmother died, she is having night terrors, she is beingKylie’s life is falling apart. Her boyfriend dumped her because she wouldn’t put out, her grandmother died, she is having night terrors, she is being stalked by a guy no one else can see that landed her with a shrink, and her parents are getting divorced. In a fit of rebellion, she goes to a party, which of course gets busted by the cops, landing her in jail. Despite the fact that she wasn’t drinking or doing drugs like many of the other kids, Kylie’s mother is furious and decides that she will spend her summer away at Shadow Falls, a camp for “troubled teens”. The kids aren’t “troubled”, just “supernatural”, and they swear that Kylie is one of them, they just don’t know what kind. She has never really fit in, but does she really fit in with a bunch of fae, werewolves, vampires, witches and elves? She sincerely doubts it! But the longer she spends with them, the more it becomes clear that they just might be right. Now if only she could figure out what kind of supernatural she really is. The plot is annoyingly simple. It actually feels like it drags. You go through so much of the book and then still, nothing has happened and very little is building up for the climax. I have a rule about not rating a book for two hours after I read it, just to avoid an incorrect rating, a rule that was a saving grace for this book. At the immediate end, this would’ve been a firm two stars book. During the digestion process, I see why I really liked it.
The plot is an agonizingly slow build up. When you take the step back and look at it though, it’s actually incredibly smart. You are slowly building on things. You can tell right away that you will end up tired of Kylie before the series is completed though. Finding out what she is is going to drag and drag and drag. That may or may not be a bad thing. Stretching it out can either kill it for the reader, or fill the anticipation to busting. The climax being small is helpful also, in that it helps connect you to the camp. The one thing I didn’t like was the prose. Unlike most of the stories I fall in love with, I didn’t feel sucked in. I felt like I was watching it happen instead of living through it. Usually, I can smell the trees and feel the wind. Instead, I felt like I was watching reality television, with just as much drama.
The character are the real winners. Kylie isn’t brilliant. I actually dislike her as the main character. She is hypocritical, and annoying confused, and her emotions are all over the place. There were enough times when I felt like she was bordering Mary Sue boredom in her character development. Sure, she had flaws, but they were boring. She was boring. She was almost annoying more often than not, and I found myself wishing we were seeing someone else, anyone else, telling the story. Her roommates are amazing and I loved them right away. Sadly, they felt more developed than Kylie. I know Kylie is lost and finding out what she is, but that doesn’t justify making her annoying in the process. The love square was useless and annoying. Trey is the ex who wants her back, Lucas is the werewolf who she used to know and represents nothing but passion and danger, and Derek is the sweet half-fae who just wants to love her. Out of them, I liked Derek the best, but even then, I felt like none of them were rememberable enough to even deal with. Not to mention that they made Kylie talk about her breasts way way too often. I am all for discovering your sexual side, but you can get really bored of hearing about a girl’s boobs. Unless you’re a guy I suppose. I think it goes back to how I wasn’t sucked in. If I had been, my boobs would’ve tingled when hers did, but instead I just read about it. It all fell flat on the page.
Despite feeling disconnected to the story, I did enjoy it very much. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with a few of the characters, rooted for others. Time will tell how the series continues, but for now I like it very much.
After her mother abandoned her family six years ago for the call of the sea, Tempest is dreading her seventeenth birthday where she will have to choosAfter her mother abandoned her family six years ago for the call of the sea, Tempest is dreading her seventeenth birthday where she will have to choose to remain human, or become a mermaid as well. She is certain that she will stay human. She has her loving father and two brothers, a super hot boyfriend, and great friends, why would she want to leave? But when her attraction to the sea and a mysterious and handsome new boy, Kai, become too much, her mind begins to change. Big things are happening under the waves though, and she just might be the key to saving the underwater world she was planning on rejecting. The characters were interesting. Tempest has a lot of rage at her mother and is over-dramatic about some things. She is trying to move on and have a life, but she really needs closure from what her mother put her through. She was very hot and cold about things, I felt like she wanted everything and nothing at the same time. For her age, I felt like she shouldn’t be having such a bratty middle schooler outlook on things. I wasn’t a big fan of Mark. He wasn’t a horrible male lead, but you know a triangle looms somewhere and he will be a key player and I just don’t like that. I was a big fan of Kona. Sure, he was harsher than Mark, but he also isn’t human, which gives him the excuse.
The story was nice, but simple. I felt like the build up happened really slow though. I felt like the climax came really late into the story. The interactions between Tempest and her mother left a lot to be wanted. I had expected more from it. When I first read this book, I didn’t know it would become a series, so I was saddened by the ending. Tempest is built up as this girl of prophecy and so when the climax is a minor skirmish, I was less than impressed. After finding out it was a series though, I was impressed. It was just the right taste of the series to make you curious what would happen next.
The book was a good start to the series and I did enjoy it, better than some of the other mermaid stories I have tried. Recommended.