I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.
To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.
This book was really good! Going into it I didn't really know anything about it or what to expect. At first I was annoyed at the similarities between this and Twilight but then it became its own story so that was all hunky dory!
I thought the plot of the story was really interesting and I liked the mystery of it and the slow release of information. Although I feel like there was just something missing, like it was building up and then it all came rushing out a little too fast. I do think that if it were longer a few things could have been explored better and in more depth.
I liked the two main characters although I liked Chase a lot better! I also liked that Elaine's perspective was thrown in there occasionally as it really added to the story. The other characters in the story didn't really get much attention which is a shame but at the same time I didn't really care about them much anyway.
The romance was good but again, I feel like it was slow building and then everything happened at once. I don't think it was "Insta-love" as much as it just missed some very key aspects needed. One minute she hates the guy, next minute she thinks "oh wait I think I love him". It just didn't quite add up.
I also think the story was just super duper short and a lot more could have been added into it. Overall the actual plot of the story was what kept me enjoying it so much. There was so many different aspects to it that I loved, and I found the situation to be very unique. I also liked R.S. Greys writing and felt like she was able to capture my attention really well. However, having said that, I can't overlook the other issues I had.
Audiobook review: I'm just going to say that I didn't like the narrator for Lila. She didn't put on the Southern accent like the other narrators did, yet when she would read another character such as Chase, she'd out on the accent. It just didn't make sense, either do the accent for everyone or not at all. I also don't think the reader for Lila had much expression, it wasn't completely monotone but I didn't feel like she was into the story as much as I did with Chase and Elaine's narrators. The story was really fast, not like they were talking fast just that the story was short so it only went for 6 ish hours. For that reason, I wouldn't recommend getting this on Audible, just because I think you'll get more value out of a longer audiobook.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Narrated by: Alia Tavakolian, Ricco Fajardo & Jeannie Tirado
Published: June, 2016
Format: Audio, 6h 16m
Genre: YA on the cusp of New Adult Romance
Acquired from: Audible
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