Title: Save Me
Author: Jenny Elliott
Rating: ★★★ (3/5 Stars)
Paperback, 336 Pages
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015 (**Tomorrow!**)
Summary: Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined. But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?
I received an ARC copy of Save Me through the fabulous Swoon Reads, and I'm so glad that I did! This story was a perfect blend of witchcraft, romance, thrill and heartbreak. So much was going on at once that I was struggling to keep up and retain all of the information!
First thing's first: the cover of this book caught my attention from the get-go. I know we're taught not to judge books by their covers, and I try not to, but this beautiful cover hinted about something chilling and creepy going on, and I immediately knew I wanted to read it!
"Witches, whales, and a forbidden soul mate - even her guardian angel might have trouble saving her." That blurb was an instant selling point for me, indicating that a bunch of dramatic and awesome stuff was going to go on.
And wow, did it ever! Not only does Cara have to deal with the fact that the guy she fell in love with during a near-death whale watching experience ended up being totally unavailable to her, and the loss of her best friend to her new boyfriend, but the fact that an evil witch has it out for her, too - all over a boy.
This book kept me on my toes constantly, which is what I really liked about it. There were a couple of scenes I felt weren't well thought out and kind of rushed through, and the plot overall had so much going on that at times it didn't make complete sense, but I still enjoyed the book all the same.
All in all, Save Me was an interesting read with a bunch of interesting concepts that were definitely worth exploring. The plot of this novel is a plot like none other I've ever read before, which was refreshing. David and Garren's totally different yet eerily similar personalities were interesting to explore, and overall I would recommend this book to anybody looking for a fast-paced and totally different kind of read!
I loved Cara's character, literally the first thing I connected with her about was he addiction to diet soda. Diet soda is my version of coffee and I need it in my life. It was a small detail that stood out to me. I just enjoyed Cara's tone, maybe because she seemed down to earth? Just one thing that bothered me was when Garren suggested that Rachel could have been possessed by a demon and dabbling in witchcraft she was very okay with it. There was no panic, no "demons aren't real," it just seemed to make it a little fake to me. It wasn't a
big problem though. In the grand scheme of things it really didn't matter.
Now my boys, David and Garren. I won't lie. I totally shipped Cara with both of them. Even though Garren creeped me out and gave me the chills sometimes, he knew when to say or do the right thing. He understood Cara in a special way that had me hoping for them. But then you have David who saves her from the freezing water, is her teacher (though she didn't know when she started dating him), and is just beautiful! Plus David was so kind and caring and also knew the right thing to say. I think I routed for David more then Garren though. Now, before you start thinking "great this book has a love triangle." It doesn't! Garren and Cara both state from very early on that there is nothing between them but a friendship. But I couldn't help but have a little hope. You can't blame me after all.
My only problem is I wish that there was more detail around the witch craft and demonic possessions. I would have loved to know how Amber became involved in magic. Or how it really worked. But then when demonic possession is talked about you really don't learn that why someone who plays with witchcraft becomes possessed? Why with certain demons? It was the juicy bits that it was missing. That is the only thing I disliked though, other wise I loved Save Me!
I am crossing my fingers that there will be a sequel to Save Me. The ending left me content but I just want more of Cara, David, and Garren. Plus, I really liked Crossback and Bobbi! Honestly, half the book I was convinced that Garren was really Crossback and he was able to shapshift. He just knew things about Cara that no one knew. It was weird but, I was totally wrong. I loved the whales in this story.
Jenny Elliott is a lifelong resident of Washington State and lives in Spokane with her husband and four kids. Writng fiction is her favorite method for avoiding insanity. Other avoidance techniques include reading, playing Scrabble, and browsing social media sites. Save Me is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter at @jennykelliott.
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