March 12, 2012

Blog Tour: Undertow by Callie Kingston {Review}

Title: Undertow

Author: Callie Kingston

Publisher: Carolwood Press

Source: ebook from author for review

Marissa is nearly eighteen and can't wait to leave behind her traumatic past. With long time boyfriend Drake, she thinks she has her future all figured out--until she discovers his betrayal. She flees to a desolate beach on the wild Oregon coast hoping to escape her pain, where, overcome with emotional and physical exhaustion, she dozes off beside a log. When the first icy waves strike her, it is too late: a rogue wave drags her out to sea.
Somehow she survives, and now each night she dreams of a creature who rescues her. Determined to discover the truth, her obsession deepens until she once again risks her life in the frigid ocean. Will the creature Marissa seeks save her? Will she be lost forever in the eddies of her mind, or will Jim, her new boyfriend, keep her from drowning in the abyss?
UNDERTOW is a contemporary novel in which a young woman finds a terrible choice thrust upon her: overcome the pain in her past and the dangers which lurk in her mind, or succumb to these and be lost forever inside a beautiful dream.
My take...
Marissa just found out her boyfriend has been cheating on her and so to clear her mind she heads for her favorite place, Crescent Beach. While there she falls asleep and ends up getting taken out to sea with the rising tide. Thankfully Marissa is rescued by a handsome merman. And not long after, Marissa makes it her life's quest to find him and join him in the ocean to live happily ever after. Well that's just what her mind wants her to think. In all actuality she is suffering a breakdown due to a very hurtful past and too much stress.
This book was absolutely amazing and nothing, I repeat NOTHING at all what I expected. Seriously, I thought that at any moment her merman was gonna pop up and whisk her away. Even at the end of the story I still held out hope. But honestly Undertow was such a wonderful story and so well written. There were times in the story I felt what Marissa was feeling; the author did a fantastic job getting emotions across to her readers. And Kingston did a wonderful job revealing certain secrets periodically throughout the story. I was very pleased with how the story unraveled.
Gosh I can’t stop thinking about this one, really I am blown away by it. I will definitely have to keep this one in my ‘To Be Read Again’ pile. So much happens you will want to go back and ponder on it for a bit. And Undertow is one that I couldn’t wait to get back to when I had to put it down. Trust me though, I read it quickly not leaving much time for it to be set aside.
I will say that anyone who loves contemporary fiction will adore this one. Pick up Undertow today and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

One Kindle copy of Undertow will be given away at each stop.So comment here and I will pick a winner at the end of the tour.
 Everyone who comments throughout the tour will be entered into the grand prize giveaway to take place on my blog at the end of the tour. Be sure to leave your email addy so we can get ahold of you.
Can't wait to see if you won? Go to Amazon now and get it!

You can also see Callie's Top 10 interview HERE

And check out the other blogs participating in the tour HERE


  1. I just saw this book on Goodreads the other day and I would love to win a copy!

    Thanks for the chance!!

  2. This book sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Book sounds super good!

  4. Sounds really good.

  5. This books sounds amazing and something I can totally relate to. I can not wait to read it. Thanks for another amazing review!!!

  6. Ok, you got me hooked, I want to read it now! It's now on my wish list on Amazon too. I need to quit reading reviews. I'll have a list that my great-grandchildren will still be reading!! :)

  7. just finished reading Undertow....could not put it down! Loved it!

  8. Would love to win! I can't imagine how they did the cover shot??!!
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

  9. I saw this book on Goodreads too, and put it on my To Read shelf. Sounds like a great book.