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Monday, September 22, 2014


Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.

Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.


I received a complimentary copy of Forsaken in exchange for an honest review.

I seldom allow myself to fan girl over a book. So I guess I can indulge myself this time. OH MY GOD!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH AND I NEED TO READ THE NEXT BOOK, LIKE RIGHT NOW!!! Daughters of the Sea Series has easily landed on the list of MY FAVORITE SERIES!

FORSAKEN is the first book of DOTS, and the start of Stasia’s journey as a Tyde, a descendant of a Nereid. In order to protect her, Stasia was abandoned by her parents in the human world. Time was not good to Stasia. Being passed from one foster home to another, she has seen evil that no child should see. Even after she was adopted by an upper class family in Georgia, she still felt like she didn’t belong. After blacking out in a social event, her adopted mother decided she needed to see a shrink, who referred her to someone who recommended that she be taken to The House of Lorelei in Bald Head Island. The House of Lorelei is a school catering to ‘kids like her’, meaning kids who descended from sea gods and goddesses. In the island, Stasia discovers why she’s different as well as her hidden abilities. There, she meets her best friends, a mysterious guy named Finn, and the people who might just want to kill her because of who she really is.

I admit, when I found out that the book is YA, I almost didn’t want to read it. But the blurb intrigued me so I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so glad that I did! Let me tell you, this is the first book that made me cry and feel heartbroken from the prologue alone. From there on I knew that this will be an awesome book.

I like Stasia’s character. She’s kind, funny, cares about others, and (my favorite!) has great potential to be a kick-ass heroine someday! She’s really strong but she still needs to hone her abilities. I love Finn! He’s my typical strong, handsome, hunk, alpha hero; YA style. He’s like dark chocolate. He’s got some dark and dangerous vibes going on, and a sweetness appearing every once in a while, but only towards Stasia. I love Stasia and Finn as a couple! They killed me with the romantic vibes going on between them. And I mean, really romantic. Argh, now I really want everyone to read this because of the love story. Lol!

The other characters I’ve enjoyed in this book are Stasia’s roommates/best friends in Lorelei: Phoebe, Carmen, and Willow. It’s always entertaining to read the interactions between these four girls. They’re really crazy, funny, and always there for one another; even in times of danger.

I’m a Greek Myth freak. I love reading about the gods of Olympus but once in a while it’s fun to read about the minor and underrated characters of Greek Myth. That’s why it’s refreshing to read Forsaken. The book and the series deals with the minor characters in Greek Myth, the sea gods and goddesses. Myth + mystery + adventure + romance = AWESOME!!! I love the way the story has been written. Unlike some YA books I’ve read in the past, Forsaken is very, very YA. You can really feel that the narrator is a young lady and updated with modern times. The story’s pacing is fast and exciting. I never got bored reading the book.

I’m giving Forsaken 5 FAIRY WINGS!!! I love the story, I love the characters, and I can’t wait to read about Stasia’s adventures in the underworld. I want to recommend this book to all paranormal/fantasy romance lovers and to older YA readers (some scenes have mild sexual content). You DEFINITELY need to read this AWESOME book.

About Kristen Day

I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

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