Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Wrong Girl (Freak House #1) by C.J. Archer + Featured Freebie

The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Series, #1)
It's customary for Gothic romance novels to include a mysterious girl locked in the attic. Hannah Smith just wishes she wasn't that girl. As a narcoleptic and the companion to an earl's daughter with a strange affliction of her own, Hannah knows she's lucky to have a roof over her head and food in her belly when so many orphans starve on the streets. Yet freedom is something Hannah longs for. She did not, however, want her freedom to arrive in the form of kidnapping.

Taken by handsome Jack Langley to a place known as Freak House, she finds herself under the same roof as a mad scientist, his niece, a mute servant and Jack, a fire starter with a mysterious past. They assure Hannah she is not a prisoner and that they want to help her. The problem is, they think she's the earl's daughter. What will they do when they discover they took the wrong girl?

My Rating: 4 Roses

This book had my name all over it. A Gothic historical YA paranormal romance? I can't even imagine a book more suited to my tastes. Did it live up to my very high expectations? Yes, it definitely did.

The historical setting of this book was flawless. The paranormal setting was shaky. Because only a few secrets were revealed and we still don't find out the cause of the the paranormal powers at hand by the end, I still wasn't sure exactly what was going on. On one hand, that's a great way to ensure I read on to the next book. On the other, I'm basically dying of anxiety to figure out what is going on.

Hannah was a tough heroine. She has no illusions about her situation. Her life in the attic might have sucked, but she knows how lucky she truly is. And when it comes to her kidnapping, she is neither a wimp or filled with idiotic and misguided defiance like some heroines end up. She accepted her situation but kept an eye out for how to get out. She was a great character. Strong, determined, and not afraid to break some rules when she needs to. I really liked her.

Jack was an enigma. At first, like Hannah, I wasn't sure what his game was. I mean, he kidnapped her, but he acted so sweet and nice. Later, as more about him was revealed, I totally fell for him. He was so wonderful. Even though he wasn't someone you would want to mess with, he was also such a great guy who was genuinely sweet at heart. He had a lot of depth and a lot of secrets that made him even more intriguing. I thought he was absolutely amazing.

The romance was quick to build, but fairly minimal. For reasons that I can't say without ruining a surprise, Hannah and Jack can't actually be together. Their feelings were palpable and grew quickly. That part of their romance was very well done. I'm very curious as to how they will overcome what is hindering them. We'll see how that goes.

The plot was okay. It took me a bit to fully get into it. But, once I did, I was utterly hooked. There were a ton of secrets and surprises that I never saw coming. I'm so curious to find out what happens next. Book 2, when will you be here?!

The Wrong Girl was a fantastic YA romance. I absolutely loved it! If you like Gothic stories, paranormal aspects, thrilling mysteries, or sweet romance, you have to read this book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and the author for a copy!
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Abby Lewis never pictured herself on the survival game show, Endurance Island. She's just not the 'survival' type. But when her boss offers her a spot on the show and the opportunity of a lifetime, she packs her bags and heads to the tropics to be a contestant.

Once in the game, it's clear that Abby's in over her head. The game itself is full of competitive, aggressive people, and no one's more aggressive than sexy, delicious - and arrogant - Dean Woodall. Sure he's clever, strong, good at challenges, and has a body that makes her mouth water. He also hates Abby just as much as she hates him. That's fine with her; she'll just ignore the jerk.

But the rules of Endurance Island are working against them. Abby and Dean are teamed up - alone - on the beach. It's either work together, or go home. Stuck with no one else's company but their own, they learn they do make a good team after all.

And that with just a little bit of kindling, the flames of hate can quickly turn to flames of passion. This book features enemies, lovers, enemies who become lovers, and lots and lots of tropical heat...

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