Friday, August 24, 2012

Review - Emerald Isle (A Fascination Island book) by Kate Hinderer

Emerald Isle (A Fascination Island book)Title: Emerald Isle
Author: Kate Hinderer
Series: 1st (maybe)
Pages: 267 
Published: July 16th 2012
Source: Author sent for honest review


Description: To escape a bad break-up and fighting parents Audyn takes a job as a lifeguard at Fascination Island. The posh five-star resort lives up to its name in every way, including the strange rules the owner has about entering the water at night. Despite declaring it a boy-free summer, it isn’t long before the shy, endearing Levi and the mysterious, tattooed Tristan begin vying for her attention. When Levi tries to push his advantage and Tristan comes to the rescue, Audyn realizes there is more to both these boys and the island they inhabit. Suddenly, she’s forced to acknowledge a reality she’d never considered and to pick a side in the conflict that has been waging for decades.

I Give This ....


Few books really surprise me.  This one did.  I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but I am so glad I decided to review this book.

First off, this is probably young adult.  Our main character is in her teens.  But, it's doesn't read like most YA's.  That's not to say the topic is overly mature, just that the writing doesn't seem to target the age group.  Audyn is also very mature for age in many ways, although she's not in others.  The job she takes on Fascination Island, is basically an excuse to run away from her problems.  Although, I really admired her need to take a job at such a high profile location were she has previously stayed as a guest.  She wants to be treated just like all the other staff.  I can't say many rich kids would escape their problems this way.

The storyline is definitely interesting and honestly one of the best ones for this type of book.  I've read quite a few of them, both good and bad.  I didn't take me long to figure out what was going on, but I don't want to give it away!    The explanations given in the story were great too.  There were so many intricate details woven in.

The romance was a little off for me for part of the book.  There was one guy, and then a triangle, and then the other.  For a girl who swore off guys during the summer, she sure was drowning in them for the get go.  I think I also had a hard time with it because I never really liked Levi.  

Overall, a good book with some interesting lore in it.  Well worth the low kindle price.

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