Author : Dallas Coryell
Genres : Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication : June 24th 2016
Synopsis : “His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”
Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.
I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review ! And I am so glad I read this book !
I have to admit it, I’ve been very surprised by this book ! I was only expecting a cute romance but this book is so much more ! It deals with important topics : rape, depression, self-harm, bully etc…
It was much more serious than I thought ! I really appreciated it, it’s what makes this book different from most of the other YA contemporary books.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the characters. Honest, real but oh so quirky ! I really appreciated their interactions and the fact that the side characters weren’t lacking depth ! I particularly liked Simon.
I enjoyed how Mason and Tegan’s relationship grew. It felt natural, not forced on us as it sometimes is in some contemporary books. They’re like the perfect soulmates. They both have a strong passion for music. They both write and compose songs but one of them isn’t singing his own songs and the other doesn’t want to share her work with anyone.
The letters were also a cute addition to this story ! But the best addition was the songs that you can actually listen to on youtube !
- Tegan is an amazing person. She sacrificed her future to stay and help her family. She is fierce and really cares for her loved ones. She can’t stand for them to be in any kind of pains.
She suffered a lot herself but decided to bury it deep inside.
- Mason is in such a bad state. He is stuck in a life that isn’t his. He can’t find a way to get himself out of this situation ! Tegan brings him light. They were both in such dark places, they’re here for each other, helping each other !
- Simon is such an original sidekick !
Overall I really loved this book !
About the author
Dallas Coryell is a musician and author residing deep in the untamed wilds of Michigan, USA, where he desperately attempts to assign meaning to his world through bouts of maniacal creative catharsis and pitifully doomed hopeless romantic fantasies