When five friends return home from college for the summer, it feels as if the friendship that has bound them together since childhood is stronger than ever. But when Laney Thomas ...more
5 Friends come home for the summer from college. They are enjoying themselves and spending ti ...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 present- ...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 fort...more
The writing is so atmospheric and makes me want to pack up & move to a coastal Maine town. The book has a bit of mystery, romance, suspense and characters who touch the reader's heart. While this book is YA, there are themes that are relevant to all age groups ...more
I do have to add that I received an ARC at no cost from the author, but that in ...more
DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN ...more
Let me start by saying this isn't the normal genre I read. I'm more into fantasy rather than sweet romances. But this book's characters and premise did not disappoint!
I finished this book in less than two days. I couldn't help myself from turning page after page. I needed to know more!
Even though I had not been in a situation like Laney, she still felt relatable. I could tell where her emotions were coming from.
This book gave me some If I Stay vibes, even though the charact ...more
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 🙏🏻😨
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. Laney’s grief was very relatable and heartbreaking, and it’s given real weight as she tries to move forward without her friends. I loved the atmosphere of the small, coastal town with its close-knit community, and the sense of shared grief that follows Laney throughout the story. (There was even a shout-out to my home province, Nova Scotia!) ...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
I connected with the characters and plot of this novel having been through a pretty bad accident myself. Unfortunately, my recovery didn't play out in a love story like this one did, but I connected with other aspects of the novel just long enough to pull me through to its close. Evoke, I believe, is a strong read for its genre, but I thought it ran a little long and had a decent amount of exposition, which would have made for better character development or scenes in regards to what actu ...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
I also want to warn that, even though it didn't occur, there were instances in the story that left me to assume that physical abuse or sexual ...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 t ...more
I got some 'Fifty First Dates' vibes and at times the story and the emotional depth with which it is told, reminded me a little of Nicholas Sparks. There is ...more
I can't go into too ...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 chi ...more