I’m so excited to share this book with you all. Brenda Drake is not only an amazing and giving person, she’s one of the loveliest people I’ve met in the writing community. She’s one of my critique partners and I love the concept and strong elements this book shows off.
I am so happy to leave you with a review of a book about a boy and a girl who meet and shouldn’t possibly be with each other, but want it all the same. My review is below.
by Brenda Drake
Release Date: 10/12/15
Entangled Teen: Crave
Brenda creates a world with likable characters that you grow to feel for and love. The twist of fate? The touching of the cards? Absolutely well done. I liked that most of this spanned a large chunk of the school year, and that Aster and Reese actually clicked for me.
While they were immediately aware of/attracted to each other, the passage of time is quite obvious in that it takes them a while to actually fall into synch. It took me back to those moments in high school when you have a new crush, and then realize that they really could be more. The complication, the curse of fate as it were, is well handled and while I definitely came to feel more for Aster, I felt a little sorry for Reese too.
Brenda deftly weaves obstacles in the way of these two, but Aster’s stubbornness and the for once present in a YA novel parents of Reese (who are quite awesome and caring, love their son and want the best for him – I know right, hard to believe) – leads to an ending that cuts it down to the wire.
Keep in mind that I don’t usually read pure romance, but Brenda Drake threw in just the right amount of magic to make me a fan. The chemistry between the pair works well, as does the tension that rises due to the circumstances they face.
I’m not fond of spoilers so most of my review is vague, but suffice it to say: I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted story with a fresh twist on a cursed man’s fate, and lots of heart.
Summary from Goodreads:
Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.
Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.
Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.
But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
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