Thursday, 1 November 2018

Summers' Deceit (Hunters Trilogy Book 1) Review Tour Author: Sara J. Bernhardt

Jane Callahan is a reclusive, seventeen year old high school student dealing with the death of her beloved brother. Her home in Southern California with her mother is a constant reminder of her loss and pain.

In hopes of escaping her painful past she moves to North Bend Oregon to live with her father. There she meets a beautiful, boy named Aidan Summers. Jane is intrigued by his looks as well as his unusual ways of attempting to get her attention. After months of unusual conversation and frustration, an uncertain romance brews between Jane and Aidan, but Aidan has a ghastly secret that can destroy everything


The story starts with a bang, but slows down considerably when it jumps a few years to the present. It takes a while to picks up again, but once it does it maintains the pace until the end.

Summer's Deceit revolves around a high school girl who is still mourning the death of her brother. She relocates from California (living with her mother) to Oregon (living with her dad). She reconnects with old friends and meets new ones - in particular, a pale-skinned boy named, Aidan Summers.

Although, the story doesn't openly call Aidan a vampire, and doesn't delve deep into vampire-lore, it does have a 'Twilight-y' feel to it.

I liked many things about the story such as the writing and some of the dialogue. There were a few really tender moments between the hero and heroine, but overall I found it hard to connect with them or believe their romance. It was difficult to buy into a relationship where the guy had to tell the girl 'I won't hurt you' and 'trust me' in nearly every scene. Plus, I kept picturing the characters to be younger than they were supposed to be. I also got confused at times figuring out who was whom (which could be just me).

The end brought a slight twist; not a cliffhanger per se, but hints at a sequel. Readers who enjoy Paranormal YA might like this story.

Disclaimer: I got an eARC and was happy to give an honest review

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