Author: Heather Beck
Synopsis: Great beauty hides dark secrets…
Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.
Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?
I RECEIVED A FREE COPY FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.
a.) Characters: 3/5 score. I liked how Anastasia was portrayed, but the story didn’t keep that image of her as it progressed. I don’t mean the character changed, I mean that we learn right off the bat that Anastasia is labeled a ‘bad girl’ from her past. And even though she is trying for a better future, we see no real connection between ‘bad girl’ Anastasia and current Anastasia. She, however, does go through a change to help progress the story along. Frost’s character was interesting. First, his name. Then his back story. He comes off as immensely too kind and gives him a fictional feel. After we find out his secret, he livens up a bit. But even at the end of the novel he has that insane ‘good guy’ vibe that feels fake. The author did well to keep the best friends in the picture. The grandparents were actually present. The rest of the characters weren’t bad, but they weren’t good.
b.) Plot: 3/5 score. The plot wasn’t bad. Frost came on a little too romantic at times, and Anastasia didn’t react the way I thought was appropriate when the supernatural legend surfaced. It felt forced, but it wasn’t in-your-face she-accepts-this-without-question kind of forced. As the plot progressed forward, it because easier to read, thus easier to enjoy. The end is a bit of a cliffhanger, and totally sappy, but it completes the story objectives.
c.) Writing style: 2/5 score. In the beginning, it was hard. I think I partially read it as an info dump. But it happens. I got through it. But after that, I was confused. To me, the story read like a first, maybe a second, draft still awaiting another editing round. I actually started finding myself more interested in how to reword sentences to make them flow better than the actual story line. She did ‘telling’ instead of ‘showing’ a lot. I think this kind of falls on the fact that she is a screenwriter
Rating: 7/15 total