on August 25, 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna’s grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope.
Everett’s presence is comforting, though he knows things—Onna’s name just before they met, where she lives, and sometimes he comments on thoughts she doesn’t say aloud. She pegs him for a stalker, or maybe psychic, but the truth is deadlier than she imagines. As their feelings for one another deepen, Everett confesses a horrifying secret: Onna’s brother is only the beginning of the plan, and some fates are worse than death.
In an Oyster Shell – Surprisingly enjoyable read given the subject matter, I recommend it, can’t wait for the next book!
The Pearls – There is a lot of tragedy in this book so it’s a bit on the heavy side, but it does not leave you in despair. There is hope. It’s one of the more well-done fiction works about death. It’s a brutal reality, but I feel like Vanderkarr handled it well and shape it into a worthwhile read.
I feel like this book had a lot of things that you would not expect as far as action goes. You will be saying over and over again, I cannot believe that just happened. Some of the best writing advice I have encountered — is make life hard for your characters, Vanderkarr took great liberty with this! The story was riveting. I really enjoyed it despite myself. I was a bit uneasy about the after-life issue but it wasn’t a problem in the end.
The romance in this story was not typical. There was an interesting relationship with the MC and her love interest which falls in line with the unexpected things of this book. Overall it was an extremely creative work. Very well done
The Sand – Though this was not quite a 5 pearl read for me, there was no “sand” that stood.
I give this 4.5 Pearls