Well! I read the entire thing in 3 hours! I honestly couldn’t put it down. The story just took me away and I just had to know what was going to happen next after every chapter I finished! It started of like a typical teen/new adult love story where boy secretly loves girl and girl secretly loves boy. Then there’ ...more
From the beginning the promise of a sweet romance between Neely and Hayden kept me going. Neely's time spent with Andrew at their graduation party is what hooked me. I quickly became attached to the main characters. Even "McCreepy ...more
***** 5 Cranky Stars *****
“Unwilling” was a surprise read for me. I knew nothing about the book or the author until I attended a writer’s conference. Wood spoke so passionately about her book, I just had to read it. I was rewarded greatly.
This beautiful written story was like a modern version of “Beauty and the Beast” meets “Alice in Wonderland”. The tale she spun was so creative and intriguing.
Hayden was my favorite character. He was a loyal best friend and even better boyfriend. Aunt Gee Gee, ...more
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Wow where do I start? Not at all what I expected! The story was refreshing original. I’ll admit there were times I wanted to throw the book in a corner and poke it with a stick to make sure it was dead and couldn’t get me.
I’d finish one chapter and be like “OMG I need to know what is going to freaking happen next!” Then I’d finish another chapter and again be like “OMG I need to know what is going to freaking happen!!!!” lol. You get the picture. I was on the ed
Swept away into a her real-life nightmare, she is led to believe she loves the one guy she really despised, Andrew McCreepy.
Can Hayden find her? Can he help her remember her real-life, not the one that Andrew and his evil mother have led her to believe is real?
Will she ever break free from the nightmares or has h ...more
"Oh my God," Mrs. McIntire screamed. She'd dropped to her knees, the dark sand and water soaking into her jeans. "Neely!"
Mr. McIntire held his wife while she screeched her daughter's name over and over. "She's going to be fine, sweetie," he kept saying.
I really wanted to believe him.
"Is she on the other side?" I paced the shore. I couldn't see anything except a piece of driftwood lying at the water's edge. "I do ...more
UNWILLING takes you on an adventure of intrigue, mystery, and paranormal fantasy all mixed together with some real southern living, myths and legends, and just enough truth to make you, if not become a believer, at least wonder – could this happen?
You get not one, but two stories that intertwine like the leaves of a forbidden forest – drawing you in and never letting go. The angst starts in ch ...more
This is a very unique and intriguing story. The fantasy element of this story is just that, an element. It isn't the whole book. I was pleasantly turning the pages from start to finish in this one. Between the sadness that consumed me at times and the smiles that I held during other time ...more
We have our three main characters in Neely, Hayden and Andrew. Recent high school grads Neely and Hayden have been friends for what seems like forever but Neely's always been a litt ...more
The story was written in alternating points of view between Hayden and Neely. The story was primarily about Andrew and Neely yet Andrew's point of view was not included. The dreams or nightmares that occurred could have been the ...more
Unwilling takes us on a journey of romance, passion, drama, angst and also takes ...more
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age: 15+ (slightly mature scenes)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not sway my opinion of the book in any way.
Neely McIntire's dreams warn her about the future but will not protect her from the danger hiding in plain sight. On graduation night, she plans to tell her best friend, Hayden Nelson, that she's in love with him. Instead, they argue. Neely's hurt feelings leave her vulnerable, giving her sec ...more
Unwilling is a book that should come with a warning label. At the outset, its main characters Neely and Hayden seem normal enough, until they beg ...more
I don't even know how to talk about this book without giving away major spoilers. And I don't want to do that! I'm so glad I didn't read any spoilers, because if I had I may not have wanted to read this book at all. If I had known the paranormal element it was about, I would have immediately thought "B-movie" and would never have picked ...more
This love story blew me away as it's so easy to fall ...more
This book was extremely hard for me to read. It was such a great idea with such awful execution. The writing was so choppy and very hard to follow. I was so confused about the plot and what was going on where throughout most of this book. Characters appeared out of nowhere, such as Neely's brother Kyle and both Andrew's brother and sister. And I'm still not exactly sure how any of the so- ...more
Anyway, I surprising really enjoyed it. I'll never look at my Kiwi friends and work colleagues the same again though.
I do like YA books if there is a great story line and not some standard college style romance of " I hate him, I love him , I hate him again" ...more
This book had me to the point that I did not want to put it down. I just wanted to know what was wrong with Neely. I was so wrapped up in the story and the lives of the characters. I cried quite a few times because ...more
I've never read a book even close to this one. It had me wondering what was going on several times and definitely kept me intrigued. I admit there were times when I thought it was a bit 'out there' but not in a bad way. More like, 'Where the heck is this going from here? I gotta' keep reading!' It was really hard to put down, and there may have been some dishes and laundry piled up when I was done.
I received a copy of this book through the Lovers of Paranormal group on ...more
I'm incredibly speechless! This is unlike anything else you have ever read! It's the coolest thing I've ever read! Takes paranormal to a whole nother level! It was a jaw dropping read! It was beautiful and a little shocking but amazingly well done! This is something I can't explain except to tell you that it is a serious must read so you can see for yourself! I highly enjoyed it and hope to catch the next book because I gotta see how this plays out! ...more
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He shook his head.
"This beautiful flower lives in the most vile, muddy water of swamps and bogs," I said and rubbed the smooth metal of the pendant between my fingers.
"No, seriously... the grosser the environment, the better," I said.
"So let me get this straight. You like a flower that lives in disgusting places?" One of his eyebrows rose. "That ain't right."
"No, I love this flower," I corrected.
He glanced at me out of the corner of his eye, "Seriously?"
"What?" You don't believe me?"
"Sure, I believe you. It's just weird."
"I'll tell you why, but only if you promise not to laugh," I said.
Taking a cleansing breath, I rested my head against the seat, closed my eyes, and took that scary first step.
"This flower stays in the mud and muck all night long."
I peeked at him without moving my head. His face had become set in the smooth lines of one who listens intently.
"Then, at sunrise, it climbs toward the light and opens into a pristine bloom. After the sun goes down, the bloom sinks into the mire. Even though it spends the whole night underwater, the flower emerges every morning as beautiful as the day before." Smiling, I swiveled in my seat to face him. "I love this flower because it reminds me that we get second chances every day, no matter what muck life drags us through.”
Hayden yanked me forward. I had time to make a very girly sound before his lips began to move furiously over mine. His touch left behind the tingle of cinnamon gum. One of his hands slowly slid down and pressed into the small of my back. For a second, I thought the sun had washed over me. But this heat cuddled around me, pushing its way through my clothes.
"Stmmmmp," I tried to say around his lips.
My knees wobbled as he wound his fingers into the curls at my neck, holding my face firmly against his.
"No." The hot pressure of his hand increased. A rumbling protest came from his throat when I dug my nails into his collarbones.
"Lemme go," I managed to gasp when he kissed the corner of my mouth.
"No," he whispered. His voice became a yielding puff of smoke. It slipped into my ears and coaxed something familiar from the broken depths.
The urge to fight drained away. This wisp of memory warmed me, relaxed tensed muscles, but tightened other places.
My fists uncurled and gripped his shoulders. "Why are you doing this?"
"I want you to come back to me, Neely," he said, wrapping his arms around my waist to press our hips together. Fiery lips caressed my face and neck. "I know you're in there somewhere. Come back, come back, come back," he whispered between kisses.”