2016, 245p, YA Paranormal Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review
Seventeen-year-old Sophia Bandell is scared of boys, and her biggest fear is dying. Boys make her uncomfortable and itchy and dying is …well …dying. She is ecstatic when her long lost friend calls her, inviting her to spend the summer with her on the beach at Charleston, South Carolina.
When a plastic saucer hits her in the head as she’s sunbathing, Sophia has no idea it will forever change the course of her life. It is there she comes face to face with the impressive Tate Forester.
She is scared and …itchy, but he’s gorgeous and she can’t shake him from her mind.
They begin dating and Sophia soon knows he’s the one.
But things turn dark when she finds out Tate isn’t the person he says he is, and the real reason her friend has brought her to the beach will teach her about life after death.
This everlasting summer on the beach gives Sophia a sweet taste of first love—the happiness as well as the heartbreak.
The day after 17-year-old Sophia finishes her junior year of high school, she leaves to spend the summer with her best friend, Mandy. She hasn't actually seen her in years, but when Mandy calls and asks her to come, she feels compelled to go. They are having a fun time and she meets a cute boy, Tate, but it's obvious (to the reader) that something is off. Sophia learns the truth about what's happening, which completely changes her life.
I'm not a huge fan of paranormal but was intrigued by the mystery angle. It starts out fun but doesn't take long to have an eerie feel to it. Something quickly seems off with Mandy and her boyfriend, Matt, and then Tate, once we meet him. Sophia is likable and it's easy to fall in love with her and Tate as a couple. There are definite complications, though, and someone else enters the picture. That relationship was a bit strange to me and something feels off about it as well, but we don't learn what it is, although we are given some clues towards the end of the book.
This book was interesting and I'm glad I gave it a chance! There are unanswered questions at the end and I'll be interested to see the direction the next book takes. There are a few brief, intimate scenes, but none of them are detailed. If you enjoy paranormal romance, this is a series you will want to read!