Published 7th December 2011 by Firefall Publishing
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Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery…until she met a boy with a familiar voice.
Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet’s determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he’s kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.
Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet’s world becomes even more muddled. While she’s instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she’s impossibly drawn to Tristan–and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past…might just be the death of her.
Book Review: 4 stars
Ahh procrastination is a fun way to avoid studying for end of semester exams, especially when you are reading fantastic books. Ok so let me just start by saying that the summary does not give this book justice. Although it seems like your typical YA fiction with a girl torn between to guys and a forgotten past…well well well…its so much more! I loved the mystery and the intrigue, and to my surprise it kept me guessing. Which never happens because I am awesome, and modest, and can figure out what is really happening before the book ends. Its like a ridiculous desire to be right. Anywho – maybe it was the fact that you get little snippets of why Scarlet lost her memory but they just don’t tie together in a neat package so you have to keep on reading for your mind to be at peace, but then another piece of information is revealed your mind is like..
regardless you just have to keep reading. I so desperately want to tell you what was really happening but it would be a mahusive spoiler! And you don’t really find out until 30% through the book. Which isn’t such a problem because everything progresses rather quickly.
Since the plot moved rather fast so too did the relationships. Between Scarlet and Gabe at times it felt a bit rushed, even fake, because they had only known each other for a week I think before they started dating and gooing all over each other. Even though they have actually known each other for longer *wink* *wink*. Although the relationships between Gabe, Tristan and Scarlet was a main part of the story you don’t really get that heart thumping romance of which you would expect as a reader of YA. Maybe I was just more invested in the mystery then the love…I know right! What has happened to me?
Scarlet wasn’t necessarily a unique YA character, but she was sassy enough that I found myself grinning. In fact throughout the book Fine really brings the humour in one liners that will split your sides.
Its true…her instincts said.
Shut up, instincts. You sound ludicrous.
At times Scarlet was a bit of a love sick teenager which was annoying, but a) I’m not the intended audience and 2) she is a teenager who has amnesia so doesn’t ever remember being in ‘love’. My favourite characters would have to be Heather and Nate. I loved their outlook on life and they were so darn funny. They’ll probably get together.
Told in third person Fine jumps between the focus of the main characters, in incredibly short chapters. I actually didn’t mind this, even when throughout a chapter you would read a ***** and then it would switch to another person. Thats how I write, so it was nice to see it done professionally. It also reduced that lag that sometimes happens when you get scenes that aren’t really relevant to the overall plot but are just in there to make your heart swoon. There was minor swooning over Tristan…but I did love how Scarlet differentiated her feelings between the two boys, especially since they are identical. For a long time I seriously thought they were the same person, as in soul splitting. Apparently I was wrong.
I’m looking forward to reading the next one because there are so many loose ties, and the ending 😦 And people say history doesn’t repeat itself.
xx Happy Reading
P.S If you like the Stefan, Elena & Damon ❤ triangle, you’ll ❤ this one!
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