Wednesday, 2 October 2013

(ARC) Book Review (257): Undertow (Undertow #1) - K.R Conway

Undertow (Undertow #1)

Publication: 18th October 2013
Publisher: Conway
Pages: 398
Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary Romance
Age Appropriate: New Adult
Buy It: Amazon
Luckless Eila is unknowingly the last of her kind: Rare. Gifted. Breakable. Stunning Raef is her kind's historic enemy: Soulless. Lethal. Lost. A legendary death 160 years before would set their lives to collide, forcing a beautiful killer to become a savior, a simple wallflower to become a warrior, and ruthless destiny to become a death sentence.


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.
My Thoughts.
I absolutely loved this book, such a fresh, exciting and exhilarating read, with such an original concept that I can see this book doing very well.
This novel combines quite a few of my favourite things in a story, a paranormal origin and intriguing use of it throughout this book, contemporary romance added in all wrapped up in the New Adult genre.
I really like that the reader finds out all about Eila's family history and her heritage the same time that we do, leaving us questioning things the way that she is left to do, trying to figure just what is going on and why her new friends are keeping secrets from her.
I loved the mysterious Raef and his brother Kian, you know that they have a big secret that they're hiding and I love that it comes full-circle as Eila's delves further into her family history and discovers the responsibility that is now her birthright.
With a well written heroine, who is extremely likeable, you can't go wrong.
Combining a new paranormal concept with a dash of action and romance, you'll be taken on a ride as soon as you open this book to its first page and lose yourself in it's fantastic storyline.
I give this a big 5/5 Stars.

I have been a journalist for 15 years and serve on the Board of Directors for the Cape Cod Writers Center. I also drive a 16-ton school bus because I am ENTIRELY NUTS.

In addition to working jobs that should come with a warning label , I hold a BA in Psychos (Forensic Psych), torment the tourists about Jaws, and occasionally jump from the Town Neck bridge in an attempt to reclaim my youth.

I live on Cape Cod with two smallish humans who apparently are my kids, my fishing-obsessed husband, two canines (adept at both flatulence and snoring), and a cage-defiant lovebird that sleeps in a miniature tent. Nope - that's not a type-o. The bird is quite the indoor camper.


1 comment:

  1. totally checking this out...... and the author sounds awesome too.....

    great review

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Codex