Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: Mystery Falls

Book Info:
Title: Mystery Falls
Edition: ebook 
Pages: 345
Published by Marilyn Phillips via Smashwords 
Release Date: July 3rd 2012 
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Book Description: (goodreads)
Secrets. Lies. Deception. For the past six years, Samantha Hunt has lived with the belief that the untimely death of her parents was the result of an unfortunate accident—that by the cruel hand of fate, she had been left an orphan. But it was a lie, a terrible lie told to her by those who wanted to keep her in the dark. And the truth... when revealed, will change her life and haunt her forever.

Suddenly plagued by a series of events which find her in danger and in need of a savior, Samantha is repeatedly rescued by the mysterious and elusive Shadow—a stranger who seems to know more about her past and the tragedy which befell her family, than she does. Drawn to him despite the antagonism she feels whenever in his presence, Samantha soon discovers that Shadow is not what he appears to be. Determined to learn his true identity and why he has come to Mystery Falls, the small town in which she has spent all of her seventeen years, Samantha not only uncovers the secrets he refuses to share, but also the truth about her own past. A truth which forces her to acknowledge that things are not always as they seem, and sometimes, not even those close to you can be trusted.

Resolved to seeking justice for the unwarranted death of her parents, Samantha embarks on a journey which brings her perilously close to her own demise. Can Shadow use his angel powers to save her yet again, or this time, will he be too late.
My Review:
Before Reading:
I was very excited about reading Mystery Falls. I had heard about the book from the author Marilyn Philips who is a great blogger friend. As soon as I found out that this frequent commenter on my blog had a book I knew as soon as I could I would read her book.

Samantha Hunts’ life changed the day her parents died six years ago. Now living with her cousin who also used to be her best friend and her Uncle Sam feels more alone than ever. 

Sitting in deep thought in the woods is Sam’s only reprieve from her loneliness. One day while she’s in the forest a bear shows up, facing death Sam gets ready for the end and passes out. When Sam wakes up, surprised she’s alive she wakes up to a hot guy claiming to be her savior. All of that would be great if only the mystery guy wasn’t so infuriating and egotistical.

When Sam leaves the woods thinking she’d never see the guy again she’s surprised to find him at her school the next day, surrounded by non-other than her cousin. When Sam goes to thank the stranger he denies ever knowing her and embarrasses her in front of the entire school.

Meeting after meeting with Shadow and Sam butting heads but falling for each other slowly makes everything more difficult, especially when Sam realizes Shadows deep dark secret. When Shadows identity is laid out the two fell more and more in love a secret about Samantha’s past is revealed to her. The truth about her parents death that’s been hidden from her is has been found out and Sam now needs to decide if she’s going to confront her past or run away from it.

Samantha is definitely a smart character who was easy to love and like. She’s a social outcast but still cares what people think. She’s definitely pig headed in her ideals who’s strong willed and opinionated. 
Shadow is an egotistical angel who is loyal, strong, and caring about the people in his life. While he is a dick in a lot of the book by patronizing Sam and hiding things he’s still an extremely swoon worthy guy.

Mia is honestly the best and most loyal friend ever. While pushy and sometimes rude she’s a great and supportive friend.

Samantha is the only perspective we get besides the first mini chapter which is told from Shadows perspective.

After Reading:
Wow Mystery Falls was absolutely amazing. The interactions between Shadow and Sam were freaking hilarious because Shadow was always getting right under Sam’s skin and she’s such a bad liar but super reactionary made their interactions extremely hilarious. Mystery Falls was a great story that I really liked it. Mystery Falls definitely had a lot of twists and turns with all the different mysteries and secrets surrounding the small town of Mystery Falls. I really really wish there was more of this story so I am crossing my fingers that Marilyn writes more!

There was only one problem I had with the story and that was the fact that the kissing wasn’t as in descriptive as I would have liked.

I would recommend Mystery Falls for readers who love young adult novels, angels, and lots of cute romance.

About the Author:
I live in Melbourne, Australia. I write young adult fantasy mixed with romance.

Mystery Falls is my debut novel and also the first in a series.

When not absorbed in a book or writing, I like to spend time with my husband and two children, take long walks in dark forests and watch romantic movies with satisfying endings.

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  1. Hi Reese! Thank you so much for your awesome review. I am so pleased you enjoyed Mystery Falls and greatly appreciate all the support you have given me.
    Love the banners you created - they are amazing.
    I am currently working on Mystery Rises. It is due for release later this year.

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  2. Awesome Review!! I have read this book as well and you have summed up the book and characters perfectly!! Now that Marilyn has posted a lot of swoons, I'm sure that they will be spicer in Mystery Rises!! Whoo hoo!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  3. Great review!! I will definitely be checking this book out =)


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