Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Forsaken by Kristen Day

About the Book:  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.


Title: Forsaken A Daughters Of The Sea Novel
Author: Kristen Day
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 268

My Review:  I loved Forsaken, and read it in one sitting.  I couldn't go to bed until I knew how it ended.  Forsaken is very different than a lot of stories out there.  It doesn't even really fit with the mermaid genre that seems to be on the rise lately.  Forsaken takes place in a school for the children of sea gods and goddesses.  I love mythology, and sea dieties aren't something I've come across too often.

This story is really well written.  The characters were interesting and well developed.  I'm really glad that this book didn't fall into a lot of the cliches I've been seeing lately.  Forsaken takes place at a school for special kids (kinda like Harry Potter, but not). Hannah/Anastacia (she changes her name when she gets to school) likes all her roommates, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of mean girl drama.  Also the love interest is Finn (my verdict is still out on him) and there is not a love triangle (yay!).

The pacing and world building are excellent.  Forsaken is an overall good book, and I cannot wait for books two and three.

About Kristen Day
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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Anonymous said...

I recently read for Foresaken and was totally drawn into the story. I too read it in one sitting. Can't wait to read books 2 and 3 :)


kris10day said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and write a review on Forsaken! I am so happy that you enjoyed it! I also wanted to let you know that Awaken (DOS#2) will be released October 2nd! Thanks again!

Leona's Reviews said...

I also like the sea so sounds like a good book for me. Thanks for the give-away.

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