Title: Forsaken (A Daughters of the Sea Novel)
Author: Kristen Day
Acquired: From author, for honest review.
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Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…
Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.
Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.
But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.
She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever depend upon it.
~Review~Wow. When I signed up to review this book, I had no idea that I would absolutely fall in love with it the way that I did. Amazing. Wonderful. Captivating. Unique. The adjectives could go on and on.
Forsaken is a tale of a young lady named Hannah who is left--abandoned, rather--by family as a baby. She grows up, horribly taken care of, in the foster system. Abused, tormented, just not treated very well.
Hannah ends up with a rather rich family who doesn't abuse her, but they aren't what you'd call "loving" with her, either.
After a little embarrassing moment at a party (she passes out), she is taken to a psychologist who convinces her family that she would be better off sent away.
At first, I though maybe that the psychologist's motives were less-than-pure, but after reading a little ways, I realized there was, indeed, a reason for sending her away.
This is where the story picks up. Because Hannah meets some very delightful characters and finally figures out who she is and where she belongs in the world.
Without giving anything away, I will say that (as I stated above) this story is exceptionally unique. I loved the feel of it. The way Hannah interacted with her friends, their dialogue. The way Hannah was with Finn. The mystery surrounding everything until the very end.
I'm not sure when the next installment is coming out, but be certain that I WILL be buying it!
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~About the Author~
Kristen Day is a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. She loves all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. She’s been told she sees the world through rose-colored glasses, but she prefers to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something she can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances. She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember. Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began. She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.
When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001.
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