Author: Janine Carbone
Genre: Romance YA
First Published: 2015
Page Count: 196
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Carbone’s story pulls readers in with a plot that pushes us forward in pursuit of answers to the main character’s troubled past, chaotic present, and unknown future.
*Engaging Plot *Good Pace
“You’re just like a wildflower – you blossom wherever you go.” Faith prefers a life of solitude and separation from the fast paced party life style her fellow college classmates enjoy. She’s been like that her whole life, but could this be because of her traumatic relationship with her long dead mother? As she tries to understand what really happened all those years ago between them, Faith attempts to come out of her shell with the start of her new relationship with Jason. However, the threat of a dangerous stalker on the campus will threaten not just her ability to balance a new relationship with the task of learning about her past, but it will threaten her life.
At first there was so much going on with the plot of this book, I thought the story might not work since it felt like it was going in many different directions. However, I started to enjoy the different points the story was switching between. There is the rocky love story between Faith and Jason, a potential love triangle, Faith’s dark past, and the danger from a stalker on a crime spree to keep the reader engaged. The pacing is a bit slow to be considered a full-fledged thriller, but I liked how everything is laid out without feeling rushed or out of place. And being an introvert, I could really relate to Faith and her struggles to break out of her shell in order to let more people into her life and bring down her fortified walls of emotional defense.
Sadly, I was a little disappointed to find a big editing error as I was reading the book. I first noticed the page numbers had reset themselves back to page 124, but then a few pages later the entire chapter had been replaced with pages from the previous chapter. I had to skip ahead to find where the story was supposed to start up again. For a book with no errors up to that point and even after, this was of course disappointing. It does not diminish my enjoyment of the story, but it takes away from the finished feel that a book should have.
Aside from the editing error in my book, this is a good story. There is so much to be discovered about Faith’s life in the span of this book, that the reader will not be able to put this quick read down. If you like romance with a slight thriller edge, this book could be a great choice.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.