Undertow (Undertow #1)

Undertow (Undertow #1)
Author(s)
Publisher Name
Kathleen Conway
Age Group
14+
Published Date
October 11, 2013
ISBN Number
978-0989776301
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Luckless Eila is unknowingly the last of her kind: Rare. Gifted. Breakable. Stunning Raef is her kind's historic enemy: Soulless. Lethal. Lost. A legendary death 160 years before would set their lives to collide, forcing a beautiful killer to become a savior, a simple wallflower to become a warrior, and ruthless destiny to become a death sentence.

Eila Walker knows luck is not a friend, so she is downright shocked to inherit a million-dollar Cape Cod home. And yeah, her new town isn't perfect: the cheerleaders are heinous clones, the local undertow can kill ya, and her Great Grams was supposedly fried by lightning in the harbor square. Still, Eila is hopeful her luckless days are in the past . . . until history decides to repeat itself.

When drool-worthy Raef O’Reilly becomes her friendly, yet weirdly protective shadow, Eila thinks life is pretty darn perfect – until she is hauled beneath the waves by an unnatural undertow. Revealing coal-black eyes and iron-like strength as he rescues her, Raef can no longer hide what he is . . . or what she can do. Eila, last of her kind, can supposedly channel the power of human souls, while Raef is more adept at stealing them. Even worse, the legend about her ancestor isn't such a myth, since Eila’s grandmother was one kick-butt warrior until her lightning-like power backfired. A power that is written all over Eila's DNA.

Determined to stay one step ahead of a dangerous clan that is hunting her, Raef, along with three unlikely allies, will do all they can to protect her. But as hidden pieces of their brutal histories unravel, Eila begins to understand just what went down in the harbor square. She soon realizes that following in her grandmother’s fearless footsteps may be the only way to save those she loves . . . including Raef.

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The Plot. I really enjoyed this book and I also really liked how the author set it up. This book seems pretty simple at first, but then I learned about all the mysteries revolved Cape Cod the book was suddenly taking hidden turns and I was left in amazement of how the plot unfolded. There was a lot of foreshadowing in this book yet there wasn’t so much that I had already figured out the book half-way through. I would think that the book was going to go in one direction and then be totally surprised by the outcome. All these twists and turns kept me interested and I literally could not put this book down. The book had a great flow and I liked how the author spaced out the multiple discoveries within the book.

Eila. I thought that Eila was a pretty great character because even though she was an outcast, she didn’t let anyone pull one over on her. She was very tough and fierce and I loved how nothing got her spirits down and she was always willing to fight another battle. Eila was the character that always went past her limits and I really appreciate that in a character. She definitely doesn’t disappoint.

Raef. I was never totally sure whether he was someone to watch out for, or someone to root for. His character was pretty mysterious throughout the book and he wasn’t the type to share his emotions. I also loved how he was the silent hero type. He never was especially boastful or showy and I actually felt like that was a great fit for the book. I also liked how he got the idea that he wasn’t good enough for Eila, but didn’t let that thought stop him from protecting her.

Overview. All in all Undertow is a great book that not only keeps you guessing, but doesn’t let you set it down. I loved the characters and their interactions and definitely hoping for a continuation of their story.
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