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Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Understorey by Fisher Amelie


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Synopsis: “Let’s start this place on nonexistent fire.” “Promise.” She sucked in an excited breath. 
We closed our eyes and I placed my feverish mouth to hers. Immediately, violent, zealous flashes of shimmering flames climbed to the furthest point, trailed like rain down the pitched ceiling and spilled down the walls, gathering at their feet, pools of fervent, bubbling, silvery liquid electricity, before evaporating into nothing.

Elliott Gray is incomplete, scrambling through the dark on his hands and knees, blindly feeling for the switch it would take to bring the peace he's forever been searching for.

Julia Jacobs is unhappy, missing a noticeable piece of her soul, a naked canvas with vivid paints at her disposal but no brush to assemble the vision.

At a young age, courtesy of an unknowing Elliott Gray, Julia tastes the burn of heartache and since then, has silently vowed to her heart that it would never be susceptible to such pain again but when Julia and Elliott discover they share a supernatural connection that's never been revealed before, Elliott makes it his life's goal to convince her they are fated. He knows, if she only gave him but one chance to prove himself, she would not be afraid but when Elliott's best friend Jesse Thomas turns out to be much more than meets the eye, it's all Elliott can do to hold on to his new love, while attempting to survive an enormous threat on their future. (Excerpt from Amazon.com)

Review: The Understorey is a sweet YA novel about love, friends and soul mates. Fisher Amelie does a wonderful job by going into great detail with her characters and the setting/events within the novel. The prologue quickly engages the reader and gives you the notion that things will not end so well in this story. I must say I enjoyed Amelie's writing style and her attention to detail is what really saved this book for me. I did not like the slow build up of the story, it felt way too slow. I found myself skimming pages several times because I wanted the story to progress faster. One thing I did enjoy was the point of view the story was told from. It begins from Elliot's point of view. I found this refreshing, most of the time YA romance novels are told from a women's perspective. Although, I also found it interesting that parts of the story were told from Julia's point of view overall, I found her personality a little annoying. The dialogue between characters was lacking, the conversations felt fake. The dialogue didn't flow naturally between the characters. I must say Elliot's character is definitely what every high school girl wants, he is super sweet and charming. I can definitely see young adult readers liking The Understorey. It's similar to a young adult version of a Nicolas Sparks book because of its overflowing sentimentality. Although it does come with a dash of suspense. 

Available on: B&N.com &Amazon.com
Format: eBook
Source: submitted for review by author.
Status: READ
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My reviews are my honest opinion. I am in no way paid for my thoughts. Each book I review is either a review copy (ARC) given to me by the publisher or author or a copy I've purchased on my own.




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