Series: Lingering Echoes #1
Genres: Friendship, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
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“You can’t change the past… no matter how much you want to.”
If only Allie Collins could go back to that tragic day one year ago, perhaps she could escape the guilt that haunts her. In reality, there was no altering her cousin’s death or the role she played. Then she meets Damien Michaels, a dark-haired stranger on a dirt bike, who seems to watch Allie and know more about her than he should. Veiling his own secrets, including a mysterious scar and unexplained tattoo, Allie knows she shouldn’t trust him—especially as she digs up a past Damien desperately wants to forget. She also doesn’t believe in summer romances, yet she finds her attraction to him growing beyond his striking grey eyes.
Unfortunately, Allie discovers too late that he is hiding a dark past which is far from over, endangering her life and those she loves.
I liked the synopsis for this book, and when I started reading it I had high hopes for it, it just never seemed to come together for me. I also thought that this book read a lot more young adult then I was exciting and I tend to have a love hate relationship with young adult books, and I think that impacted part of the reason why this book just didn’t do it for me.
So first things first, the biggest problem I had was that the book just read very disjointed. What I mean by that is that the transitions between chapters were very choppy, there wasn’t a lot of lead in in the new chapters, even when there was a time shift and scenery shift, it made it really hard for me to kind of immerse myself in the book, and had me losing patience with it. I think this disjointed feeling also made the book feel slower than it probably was.
I didn’t really like the narrator all that much, and that’s kind of a necessity in a book like this. She was all the time doing things that I thought were more selfish or done without thinking things through then I would have liked, and it just made it difficult for me to pull for her.
I really didn’t like the character of Damien, he was just creepy, like he belong on Criminal Minds or something as a budding criminal. More than anything he is a stalker, and how in the world that is appealing is beyond me. I mean Allie is scared of him in many instances but yet at the same time he’s so attractive so hey why not… uh no I don’t think so.
The only character I actually half-way liked in this book was Aaron, and it’s because he was a nice guy who seemed to be a genuine person. I actually felt a little bad for him in some instances because I don’t feel like he was appreciated the way that he probably should have been.
This just wasn’t the book for me, the mystery plot made it a bit more interesting, but the characters just didn’t work for me at all. Maybe this book will find more of an audience with the young adult crowd, I’m just not this book’s right audience.