I went into this book blind and not really knowing what to expect. Sometimes, it is good to go into a book like this, and I had a feeling if I read reviews and talked to people who read this book, it would have tainted how I would feel about it.
The book took place in a small town in Virginia. The protagonist, Lotty, recently moved back to her childhood farm after her grandmother passes away. Since she has been back, she has started to remember things from when she was younger, like stories her grandfather told her before he mysteriously disappeared.
With these pieces of memory coming back to her, she starts to search for the missing puzzle pieces of her memory. With the help of some new friends, she uncovers some truths, but more questions unanswered.
The plot was a little slow for my taste, but it did pick up as the book went on. The world building was very slow as well, and thankfully not an information dump. I do like the world this was set up in, even though it read like a fantasy instead of a paranormal.
Side Note: Paranormals are set in our own world with magical elements. Fantasies are set up in an entirely new world. So when I say this kind of read like a fantasy, it means that it really didn’t feel as if it was set in “a small town in Virginia,” but in its own little world.
This book very much read like a romance to me with some mystery and paranormal/fantasy elements sprinkled in. I am not one that likes to read books with heavy romances; but, overall, I did enjoy the book and would love to read the second one when it comes out next month.
I do have to say that I did not feel as if I was reading from a seventeen-year-old’s point of view, but from someone older. This is something I see a lot of in young adult books, and I am not sure if this is just because in these types of settings, people are tougher and have to grow up more or if it is just because the protagonist is usually put through hell which makes them grow up faster. Either way, I did enjoy Lotty when I didn’t put an age with her.
How I Rate Books:
All of my books start at three stars ★★★☆☆.
This is different than most because people usually start a book at five stars ★★★★★ and trickle it down from there. I believe this doesn’t actually leave room for a book to grow from my expectations. This leads to some five stars being on the same level as other five stars that I actually ended up enjoying more. Starting at three stars ★★★☆☆ leaves me room to have more control of my ratings.