Sunday, October 28, 2012

Summer In Salem (Electi #1) by Brina Courtney

4 stars
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Format: ebook
Pages: 191
Published by Laurelis Press
Published in September 2012
View on Goodreads

Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Teagen’s summer has been turned upside down by a body, a pentagram necklace, and an old flame.

Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews' boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it's time to get on with her life. A new home, new job and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer...

...until a young girl's body shows up one night in town, wearing a necklace exactly like Teagan's.

Now a guy looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It's a matter of life... and her death.

My Review:
Overall the premise was extremely refreshing and the story was a quick read.  I got caught up in the setting and plot right away and was not disappointed.

Character wise Teagen was a good heroine.  Her rationality was believable as well as her emotional interactions with those around her.  I think my favorite character in the whole story was Lark though, she really drew my attention in a good way and in reality she seemed like someone I would want to be friends with.  Seth is still kind of a mystery for me but I did like him.  He was very cryptic at first but he ended up growing on me.

I felt that Jason needed a little more explanation, I never really liked him as a character and I did not understand his reasoning for what he did.  Also, the book needed a little bit more explanation, I know what it is but the importance of it never really came through.  Those two things confused me a little during the whole book.  Courtney set the ending up very nicely for a sequel though so maybe those two things will be explained in more detail.
Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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