You know, it’s funny. I consider myself to be a pretty eager reader. When I finish a book, I’m ready for the next one. But sometimes, I find myself in a reading slump. I started a book a few days ago that I just couldn’t stick with (inspiring my Confession Time post). The next day, I still felt pretty slumpy. None of the books on my shelves seemed appealing.
And then, my eyes fell upon this beauty. I picked this up after I finished (and really enjoyed!) A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, the first SwoonReads release. By the way, can I just say that I LOVE the concept behind this? People can submit their manuscripts to the website to be read and reviewed by readers, and then the SwoonReads editors select the ones with the highest ratings for publication.
Anyway, the tagline for this one is Witches, whales, and a forbidden soul mate – even her guardian angel might have trouble saving Cara…
Sold! I picked it up and was immediately swept up into Cara’s story.
What I liked
The setting. This book takes place in the coastal town of Liberty, Oregon and honestly, I felt transported. This book brought to life the kind of overcast, dreary days that I love. Add to that the windswept beaches and pounding surf, and I was taken away from the winter wonderland outside my windows. So many books create a setting that serves as a backdrop, and really the plot of the story could take place anywhere. In this book, the setting almost became a character. I loved that.
I liked how the clichéd forbidden romance didn’t feel like too much of a cliché, if that makes any sense? The addition of paranormal influences freshened up what could have been an average contemporary romance.
What I didn’t like
Okay, this is going to sound really nit-picky (and it totally is!) but there were two descriptions that were over-used and really started to grate on my nerves. I don’t know how many times Cara’s mother gave her a sideways gaze or David gave her a lopsided grin. Okay, we get it! The mother gazes and the love interest grins! Isn’t there another way to convey that?
Would I recommend it?
I think this would be a great choice for someone who is looking to segue from YA contemporary romance into the paranormal romance genre.