5 Friends come home for the summer from college. They are enjoying themselves and spending ...more
This book had a mix of emotions. We are thrown into this tragic situation where we immediately can tell that something sad occurred. Since the main character is vulnerable, having spent two months in the hospital, we are stuck slowly discovering the events that led up to the present.
This is a story about friendship, love, and discovery. Don't go into this book thinking that you will need a couple boxes of tissues because there are happier moments thrown in. The author throws in a mix of ...more
The cover alone showed us that the main character, Laney, is someone who is remorseful after the death of her three friends in an accident where she was the sole survivor. You can sense her sadness, making you want her to find happiness in the end.
Simmon's writing, although had some of the same tendencies in young adult novels, was still original in it's own way. Young love from an early age reunited with a tragic event...we've seen it before but Simmons made it intriguing by going back and...more
I do have to add that I received an ARC at no cost from the author, but that in ...more
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This is a seriously great book, god my emotions! Up/down, left/right, all over the place! What a journey she went through and thank god for Evan! I WANT ONE!!
Slightly disappointed at the end but I’m really hoping that this story is not finished and there is more to come ...more
California author Danielle Simmons makes an impressive debut with EVOKE – the first installment in her planned trilogy, ‘Lake Haven.’ After earning her BA in English from the University of the Pacific and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she works as a public relations executive.
It is rare for an author to be able to establish a mood in the opening words of a novel that asks the reader to visit a tragedy, but Danielle has already mastered this ...more
In this story, we are following Laney’s mind as she loses a whole week from her life. We walk with her as she remembers pieces and the pain of losing those closes to her.
The grief you feel in the beginning is a lasting one, it’s as if your own heart has been ripped out. Danielle Simmons takes ...more
The story is definitely written for the young adult scene, but as most young adult stories they can be enjoyed across multiple age groups. Simmons does a good job of basically reverse engineering the story and revealing bit by bit, kind of like a mystery but not quite.
The writing is solid, I found it flowed quite well (which is a good thing since ...more
I would also say not to be overly misled by the cover either as it seems to indicate, at least to me, that this would be more of a romance type book but it has a lot more going on than that. The mystery aspect of the book is the most enthralling, and it can get pretty ...more