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3.14  ·  Rating details ·  608 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Debut-novelist Jenny Elliott's thrilling romance, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers for the first list in the new Swoon Reads imprint, pours on the tension and danger in an addictive combination that will keep you turning pages!

Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch
Paperback, 309 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Swoon Reads
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher.

Here's your warning: here there be spoilers. But really, it isn't a spoiler if you figure it out in the first 30 pages.

I swear on the filled graves of three of my five grandparents (the other two are still kicking) that this book is worse than the Halo, Hush Hush, and Fallen series. This one little book is more painful than thousands of pages of the YA angel novels made notorious for their poor quality.

That's a
Wendy Darling
DNF just a few chapters in. The writing seems oddly stilted, and the "meet cute" just...isn't. Meh.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
This was beyond awful. Probably one of the worst books I've ever read. I know I really shouldn't have expected a self assured, quick thinking, spunky heroine with the title 'Save Me', but really? Cara is one of the worst female characters I've ever read. I can go on and on about how bad I found this book, but I'll just leave some of my not so favorite quotes here.

'When he met her gaze, she was struck by the color of his eyes, which reminded her of mixed shades of green from area forests'

'As she
The synopsis of this was a bit odd to begin with, but it was intriguing and that's why I read it. Turns out the entire story is just odd. The writing doesn't flow well, the characters are flat, there are an abnormal amount of diet soda references, and I have no idea why the whales were mentioned as much as they were.

All that being said, the magic portion of the story was definitely interesting and while I didn't quite believe the romance portion, I liked how it played into the overall story. I
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Well, there's no love triangle, but that's pretty much the only good thing I can say about this. >.< Really, really choppy writing, flat, one-dimensional characters, an uninspired romance (though, okay, I appreciate their devotion), and a story that barely held my interest. Vanilla is the word that comes to mind. Zzzzzzz.

Thanks to Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide for lending me her ARC. Hopefully I saved you the trouble, girlfriend. ;)

Featured on my 2014 REC IT post.
Beth  (YA Books Central)
"Seeking extra insulation, Cara wedged her hand between David's arm and side and slipped a leg between his. He tucked her head under his chin and clutched her to him. No one had ever held her so securely. Her body warmed quickly in his arms. "

Save Me by Jenny Elliott is a young adult paranormal romance that takes place in a small town called Liberty, Oregon and is full of paranormal entity's such as witches, demons, and angels.

The main character is a young woman named Cara. Cara is fascinat
Aug 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I don't know what attracted me to this book. I think it was the cover. I needed something to read and my library had the Kindle book ready to go, so I downloaded it. Now, I typically don't relate to very many YA stories, and this was definitely not the book for me. I do love the ocean, witchy stuff, and wildlife, so I figured I'd give it a try . The whale watching part was interesting. But Cara was dopey, the writing was pretty awful, and the story was just beyond absurd. The deep "connection" C ...more
Angelina Justice
SAVE ME from this book! It is very rare for me to give no stars, but I give this book no stars because there are so many books out there that deserve at least one or two. The plot was like a run-on sentence with no punctuation. When there was punctuation it was startling, distracting and sometimes nonsensical. I'm always willing to do my part with "suspension of disbelief" but their is at least a little bit of burden on the writer and/or editors to make this viable.

I spent so much time rolling m
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a quick read for me, and I actually put down another book to finish Save Me. The story played like a movie in my head, due in part to the author's cinematic style. I read some of the witchcraft scenes late at night and I'll admit to throwing a few nervous glances around the room. I liked how Cara was so determined to save her friend Rachel and David, her love interest. I liked Garren's devotion as well. Solid debut novel by Jenny Elliott and I look forward to reading more of her work.
T.H. Hernandez
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Save Me is not your typical paranormal romance. This is a fresh take on the genre with a supernatural twist. Something dark and sinister is afoot in Liberty, a fictional town on the Oregon coast. Cara, a high school senior with a love of whales, volunteers part time for Liberty Charters, a whale watching tours business. While working a tour, she meets a cute newcomer to town when both are tossed overboard by a transient killer whale. Thus begins an intense romance that is doomed before it starts ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
**2.5/3 stars**

Originally posted at:

Save Me was a book that kept on popping up on my Goodreads dashboard, so when I was offered a copy for review, I accepted. I mean, a gorgeous cover and the buzz was all it took. However, I didn’t really read the synopsis until I actually had the book in my hands. Immediately I knew that there was going to be some insta-love, possibly a love triangle, paranormal shenanigans–all which 13-year-old me would have loved. Pres
Cary Morton
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally published to Author Unpublished.

Honestly, I’m a bit mystified by the amount of negative reviews this book has gotten—and I mean it—utterly mystified. I’ll admit, the description is a bit vague and leaves a lot to interpretation; when I first opened the book I’d half convinced myself the story was going to be about mermaids, whale-shifters, or any number of other paranormal phenomena. I really had no idea. It wasn’t any of those things, but, it was a solid paranormal/fa
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
A surprising debut filled with a quick paced love story that seems bewitched from the very beginning. A great twist to the paranormal stories that we've come to enjoy; anticipating grand schemes and gestures.

Cara's love for the local whales sends her overboard, and into the arms of David, her rescuer. Their is an instant connection between the two. Determined not to let her bad luck get the best of her, Cara agrees to going out with David... David is handsome, with a lopsided grin. He says all t
Kimberly Karalius
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had been waiting months to read SAVE ME by Jenny Elliott; as Swoon Reads' first title with paranormal elements, I was very excited. Anything fantasy is kind of my thing. I couldn't wait to see what this book would offer.

I liked Cara immediately, and only grew to like her the more I read. She has a great relationship with her mother and friends, often going above in beyond to be caring and respectful, even when doing so becomes a challenge. And a test of her strength. I can totally identify wi
Dean Hurtt
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While not my typical genre by any means, I found this YA paranormal romance to be far more than I expected! For a first-time author, Jenny Elliot is a master at describing the details that really take you into a book.
I went through it fairly quickly, as it is a pretty easy read. It could have used a few more twists and turns in the plot, creating more suspense. But overall it kept my attention the entire novel--which is surprising considering I haven't read anything like this in over 10 years.
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
It was...cute. Nothing spectacular, but a good story. I did find it predictable and heavy on certain tropes, and most of the secondary characters were lacking any personality they all felt one dimensional. But I did find it a quick read and enjoyable.
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-debuts
Ummmm. Review to come?
Oct 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Release Date: January 6, 2015

I received a free ARC of this novel through Goodreads First Reads Giveaways, and I wish I hadn’t. Contains Spoilers

If I have to hear about David’s crooked grin one more time, I might go crazy. Cara, the main protagonist, does not fail to tell us often about how much she loves David’s crooked grin any chance she gets. That phrase is in this novel probably at lease 101 times. But, even though we know about his crooked grin, I cannot honestly tell you anything else abou
Olivia Chambers
Sep 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
So... as you can see I only rated this book 1 ⭐️ because I really DO NOT agree or approve of any of the things this book talks about. My religion and I do not like to read, watch or hear about satanic stuff which this talks about. I honestly stopped reading it, put it down and didn't pick it back up for a while... then I kinda skimmed the ending and read he last page and BAM I'm done with it lol. Also I just wasn't feeling the whole story. And the romance was just too instant and unrealistic for ...more
Sammie Jones
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Right before Cara's Senior Year started she: got tossed off a boat by some dolphins, met her soulmate and almost ran someone over all in the same day. When school starts her best friend gets a boyfriend-that doesn't seem to be the same boy they grew up with-she also becomes distant and stops acting like herself. When the year started she made a friend with the person she almost ran over; and he seems to be weird. He always knows things about Cara she doesn't remember saying. Also learns that her ...more
Lauren Marion
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
The tagline for this one is Witches, whales, and a forbidden soul mate – even her guardian angel might have trouble saving Cara…

Sold! I picked it up and was immediately swept up into Cara’s story.

What I liked

The setting. This book takes place in the coastal town of Liberty, Oregon and honestly, I felt transported. This book brought to life the kind of overcast, dreary days that I love. Add to that the windswept beaches and pounding surf, and I was taken away from the winter wonderland outside my
**I received this book for free from Swoon Reads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Paranormal, Romance
*Rating* 3.0

*My Thoughts*

Save Me by Jenny Elliott is a young adult paranormal novel set in the coastal town of Liberty, Oregon and is filled with whales, demons, witchcraft, and romance. MC Cara Markwell is a whale watching addict. She loves whales so much, that she's an assistant volunteer for Liberty
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
A little cliché, but the love story was kind of cute. Adding the supernatural element helped the book. Kinda makes you want to know the story from Garren's point of view.
Brad Sells
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-own
The amount of times the word "cute" was used was too much to handle.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Save Me is a quick, great read for fans of clean romance with a little dash of witchcraft and subtle hints of stalkerish tendencies. Diverse characters and a well thought out plot keep you intrigued, but leave you with wanting more.

The novel starts out with Cara going to the Liberty Charters to whale watch. She is even a volunteer she loves it so much. Except this little voyage is different from her other ones. Besides the captain there is one other person on this tour with her, the introduction
Samantha Stephens
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Audrey Lee
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
So let me get this straight, the only reason I bought this book was because I found the cover interesting, and also because I was intrigued by the synopsis. However, I was dead wrong to dive into this book.

Ok, so, this book. Boy, where do I start? Alright, so let’s start with the part I dislike the most. And that is the instant love. Honestly, this is the first book I have read about that has an instant love and I’ve got to admit, it really did ruin my whole view on instant love.

So we have Cara
Tonya Royston
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book saved me! I was in a Barnes & Noble store while on vacation and I just wanted to get a new book. I wanted to buy something and take it back to the pool to read for the rest of the trip. But after about a half hour in the store, I couldn't find anything I was interested in. The YA section was mostly fantasy. Every book I picked up was set in a make believe world. I love the paranormal genre, but only when the story takes place in the real world. I was about to give up when I happened to ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I picked this up, thinking it couldn't be bad, I mean whales, witches and a forbidden romance, this ought to be good... Within the first pages of the book, I loved it, I couldn't put it down. The way the author set up the book, in this small seaside town (hence, Seaside High) it was just so nice. The perfect mix of the occult (magicK), and romance and day to day life. I just thought it was so well done and sometimes that's all it takes for me to love a book. There was nothing missing. nothing ex ...more
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