Friday, November 1, 2013
Book Review: Undertow By: K.R. Conway
Book Description: Eila Walker knows luck is not a friend, so she is downright shocked to inherit a million-dollar Cape Cod home. And yeah, her new town isn't perfect: the cheerleaders are heinous clones, the local undertow can kill ya, and her Great Grams was supposedly fried by lightning in the harbor square. Still, Eila is hopeful her luckless days are in the past . . . until history decides to repeat itself.
When drool-worthy Raef O’Reilly becomes her friendly, yet weirdly protective shadow, Eila thinks life is pretty darn perfect – until she is hauled beneath the waves by an unnatural undertow. Revealing coal-black eyes and iron-like strength as he rescues her, Raef can no longer hide what he is . . . or what she can do. Eila, last of her kind, can supposedly channel the power of human souls, while Raef is more adept at stealing them. Even worse, the legend about her ancestor isn't such a myth, since Eila’s grandmother was one kick-butt warrior until her lightning-like power backfired. A power that is written all over Eila's DNA.
Determined to stay one step ahead of a dangerous clan that is hunting her, Raef, along with three unlikely allies, will do all they can to protect her. But as hidden pieces of their brutal histories unravel, Eila begins to understand just what went down in the harbor square. She soon realizes that following in her grandmother’s fearless footsteps may be the only way to save those she loves . . . including Raef.
This book starts off in a great way. Painting a chilly and dark setting on the docks in New England 150 years prior to the actual story. The readers are introduced the two main types of supernaturals in this series: Lunaterra and Mortis..... DUN Dun dunnn.......
Fast forward to present day we meet Eila. She grew up on the poorer side of things until one day she is told she just inherited a HUGE house that was bought and paid for, and was given to her. That in and of itself brings in a whole side of new mystery to this story. She's very mature to begin with but still waffles and see things in the world like any teenager would. And, of course, her decisions reflect being a teenager. She was likeable and I enjoyed reading with her as the narrator.
Raef is the character that is supposed to get the reader completely endeared to you because he is the random "hot" stranger who is constantly around, protective, predator, sulky (which was annoying at times), master carpenter, and even saves Eila life a few times. He brings in the story a lot of surprises which was fun. But he was NOT my favorite and I was NOT endeared or enchanted by him. Overall with this character I was a bit disappointed personally, although I know others will love.
There are 3 other characters that are heavily involved in this story that I think the author will even make a book about 2 of them. They were well thought out and fun to throw in as this bunch of "teenagers" have to figure the mysteries out and still stay alive. They are each filled with their own surprise and have a history/story about themselves that help build the story.
All that being said let me just say that at first I really got into the story then for whatever reason it couldn't hold my attention. I felt it kind of dragged and I was like ok, really come on....Everything got better in the last third of the book. The central plotline really starts to take off and at this point and I ended up not wanting to put the book down. I do know that others will find this book fun will love it. Just for me it wasn't...amazing. :)
Violence: Moderate (PG-supernatural deaths and some almost near deaths)
Sexual Content: moderate (PG- PG-13)
Drugs/Alcohol: mild or none