October 31, 2012

Review: ANEW by Chelsea Fine

Title: ANEW

Author: Chelsea Fine

Source: ebook from author for review

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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.

My take...
Scarlet wakes up in the middle of the woods with no memory of her past...just her name. But things start clicking for her when a mysterious guy shows up in her town 2 years later. He seems familiar to her and she cannot explain why. As time goes by she notices he is keeping secrets from her and hiding things. Determined to find out who the real Gabriel is she confronts him; demanding answers. The answers Gabriel and his brother Tristan reveal about her past is anything but believable and sends her mind reeling. Can she trust Gabriel? And why does she want to reach out and touch Tristan?

I so enjoyed this book, especially the end where it seemed to really pick up. But don’t think that just because the end got good the rest wasn’t. Oh no, the whole book was well paced and developed nicely. It’s just that I am truly flabbergasted after that ending. What the flip is going to happen to Tristan? And even to Scarlet? *Hold me I am scared!* Ok, ok I will quit with the ending. But gosh, what an ending it was.

As for the book itself…Anew is kind of like The Vampire Diaries and maybe the Fallen series by Lauren Kate all rolled into one. At least in my opinion. We get some hot-brooding brothers who happen to be in love with the same girl (TVD).  And then we get the girl who has lived previous lives and keeps coming back to the same guy (Fallen series). But Fine makes it much more appealing with tension flaring between the 3 characters and secrets galore.

I loved how some of the secrets were not revealed all at once in book one. It gives you that craving to read book 2…so you will want to come back and seek them out. Did Anew end in a cliffhanger? Heck yeah it did. But Fine knew what she was doing. She wrote an ending that leaves readers eager to know more.

Anew was excellently written and the dialogue between the characters was spot on. The whole story flowed easily and I was happy with the book as a whole. Pretty much everything I want in a book: great (and fun) characters, forbidden romance, and a story line that held its own. I look forward to more of Fine’s work in the future. 

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