Undertow (Undertow #1)

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Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Eila Walker’s new home has defied the brutal Atlantic for over 160 years. Abandoned since her 4th great grandmother Elizabeth vanished, the town legend declares that she drowned . . . or was struck by lightning.

Unbeknownst to the town and Eila, however, is that someone does know what really happened to Elizabeth, and he has returned, determined to protect the last surviving Walker from a history of violence. 

But what starts out as a quest for redemption, evolves into something more and soon young guardian, Raef, is forced to reveal the truth to Eila. As hidden secrets about their warring families come to light, Eila begins to realize that she may be their best shot at survival, even if it means following in her grandmother’s fearless footsteps to save her killer bodyguard. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)

Review:

This is a refreshing and unique new series.  I enjoyed the historical hook and references throughout the book that relate to Eila’s experiences 160 year later.  Conway does a great job balancing a mystery, adventure and some romance without any of them overwhelming the story.

I occasionally found the other character’s holding back details annoying, but that’s quickly fixed further into the book.  Though Raef and Eila’s relationship is very PG, Conway does a good job creating suitably romantic scenes.  Additionally, it was nice the other characters were significant; the book wasn’t exclusively about Eila.  Each character has a unique personality and role without falling onto stereotypes.  Definitely recommended!

Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Blog Tours for the review of “Stormfront”.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Anyone looking for a fresh new paranormal series.

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