Author: K.R. Conway
Genre: Paranormal Romance, YA
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.
Undertow by K.R. Conway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was great. Every once in a while I take a long break from reading YA books, and it's almost like I forget how awesome they can really be. I forget that when a book doesn't constantly focus on sex and "adult" matters, it can just focus on telling a really good story. Not that a good YA book, or this book, doesn't have a really good dose of teenage attraction and love. In this case though, the attraction between Eila and Raefe adds to the story in stead of being the main focus.
Eila is a seventeen year old girl that has been living with her mom's best friend since her parents died when she was a little girl. She just found out that she has inherited a mansion in Cape Cod, and so her and Mae move to their new home. In a very short amount of time, Eila finds out that there is something crazy going on - not only with the house and how it became hers, but with her ancestors and with herself. Eila is not as normal as you would think. She is actually a Lunaterra, a descendant of angels that is meant to stop the evil Mortis, or soul-eaters. And to make matters even more complicated, the boy that she is crushing on, Raefe, turns out to be a Mortis and should be her mortal enemy. Instead, he is protecting her and keeping her safe from all of the bad guys.
I think that K.R. Conway hit just the right mixture between telling us just enough about what was going on, and telling us all of it at once. I am very intrigued with the story line and the background of the Mortis and the Lunaterra, but I think that if Conway had tried to explain it all at once in a big chunk, it would have been confusing. At the end of this book, neither the reader, or Eila, have learned everything about what they need to know, but it is enough to keep them going and searching for the truth.
I liked the main characters and the secondary characters. They were all very well developed and likeable. I especially liked MJ. I can't wait to see what all he is going to be able to learn to do as a Therian, or shape-shifter. And Ana just might prove to be very useful in the future also. I especially like how they all banded together, and formed a very tight bond. I think their little group just might have a shot at figuring out how to unlock Eila's power and save the day.
While the end of the book was a little bit of a cliffhanger, it wasn't too bad. It was just enough to keep me wanting more - and I will definitely be looking forward to the release of book 2 in this series in 2014.
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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.