My Gushing Review:
I LOVE, LOVE, will you marry me and raise little Nemo fishies with me LOVE this book! From the very beginning it was well executed as we see a mysterious couple drop off their young baby girl at a police station. 17 years later we meet Hannah whom we immediately recognize has lived a terrible childhood. While her new life would seem perfect now that she has been adopted into a high society family you can feel the lack of true love they provide her as evidenced by their quick approval to send her off to a boarding school for "special" kids. However, this school is exactly where Hannah belongs and she quickly finds acceptance into a family of friends while starting to unlock the mysteries of her true self. The House of Lorelei (anyone else a Gilmore Girls fan?) is a school for the descendants of sea gods and goddess and as Hannah starts to unravel the pain and dreams of her past she finds that they are tied to her future and some deadly secrets and a destiny that she may or may not be able to handle.
Characters: fabulously written Hannah is brave and vulnerable with a strong will to overcome her past. Her roommates create a picture of true friendship. Finn, possibly my ultimate new crush, is mysterious and sweet and sexy and scary all at the same time. The romance factor is alive and well here.
Setting: the details of the school, the sea, the island are all wonderful. Kristen had me smelling pina coladas and singing Jimmy Buffett songs in my head.
"Paranormal" factor: the world Forsaken creates is mesmerizing. I wanted to dive right into the ocean with these characters. I have not read many books on merpeople or sea creatures and I hear it is very hard to find a good one. Forsaken brings to light a world of sea gods and goddess that I can't wait to delve deeper into. Very much like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson you are seeing a normal person come into incredible power.
Um, that it ended! Perfectly written the climactic struggle and ending resolve in just the right way. I was left satisfied that there is so much more to come but not overwhelmed by a crazy cliffhanger.
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Since this is my first official book review for SupaGurl I thought I would throw in a little giveaway (Thanks to Kristen!) for all of you lovely people. Here is what you need to do to win..