Ever Near (Secret Affinity #1)
by Melissa MacVicar
Release date: Sep 2013
How I got it - Review copy from Author
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Love is ever near. But trouble is never far.
Nantucket Island is haunted, but only sixteen-year-old Jade Irving knows it. Ignoring the disturbing spirits isn’t an option, because one dwells in the enormous historic home she shares with her newly blended family. Jade is finding it more and more difficult to explain away Lacey’s ghostly, anguished tantrums, especially with Charlie, her gorgeous, almost step-brother, living right across the hall.
When a power-hungry ghost hunter tracks down Jade and blackmails her, Jade’s secret teeters on the edge of exposure, and her entire future hangs in the balance. If anyone finds out Jade can talk to ghosts, her life will be forever changed.
Can she save herself, free Lacey, and hang on to her tenuous connection with Charlie? Or will everything she ever wanted slip through her fingers?
I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 3.5 Stars: I liked it.
Review: What to say? I spent three days writing this review because I was very conflicted. On one hand I didn't love the characters in this book but on the other the plot was interesting and the book kept me hooked pretty much the whole time, which is more than I can say for a lot of books I've read recently.
Basically this book is about Jade and Jade has been able to see ghosts since she was ten and not Casper like ghosts, sad and angry ghosts who tend to take their anger out on Jade. Jade's also in love with her soon to be step brother and haunted by a ghost who lives in her new house. This ghost is more powerful and scary than any she has ever meet before and she can't escape it. The question is, can she keep up a normal appearance while dealing with feelings for her step brother and the ghost that invades her dreams all while not revealing the fact that she can see ghosts?
-The Ghosts - I thought this was a very unique and enjoyable take on ghosts, not just the them being angry and all that, though it was quite creepy to say the least, but the story behind how Jade can see them. I don't want to give anything away because this doesn't happen until the very end of the book but it's definitely unique and interesting and I loved it because it's not something I've ever seen before.
-Other - The history behind Lacey, the ghost, was a really nice element and I loved learning about her. And the descriptions of Nantucket was beautiful.
In The Middle -
-Jade - Jade overall annoyed me, sometimes she does some stupid things and honestly beyond the fact that she can see ghosts and is in love with her stepbrother I didn't feel like I knew anything about her. But more than that I loved her relationship with her Gram, that was one of my favorite aspects of this book even though it didn't really come in fully until the end. Also her friendship with Ally who is her best friend.
-Charlie -He has anger issues and I have major issues with him. I just didn't FEEL like he was sincere. I didn't feel like he really liked Jade and I don't know I just didn't really care for his character at all.
Overall - I did really like this book but the lack of character development is what really turned me off, I need to connect and like the characters while reading and I didn't really love any of the characters in this book. In conclusion, while I had some fairly big problems with this book, mainly with the lack of character development, I still really enjoyed it so much in fact that I immediately signed up for the Blog Tour for book 2, Ever Lost.
Would I Recommend This? Yes
Who To? Anyone looking for a fun unique ghost book
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes.
Thanks to Melissa MacVicar and Red Adept Publishing for the chance to read and review this book.
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