Forsaken is the first novel in the Daughters of the Sea series by Kristen Day. When I read the synopsis of this book on Goodreads I was instantly intrigued. When I learned that YARN was doing a blog tour I signed up right away. I enjoyed every second of this book.
A Daughters of the Sea Novel
By: Kristen Day
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 descendents 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 descendents will forever depend upon it.
We see the story through the eyes of Hannah, the main character. She is a wonderful character; tough but sweet, sassy, brave and funny. You can't help but love her as you follow her journey to discover who she really is. She is my favorite character in the story; she is a take charge kind of girl. If there is a crisis, she doesn't cry and get hysterical, she figures out what she can do to help. It's so nice to see a heroine who doesn't depend on others to get her out of trouble.
My next favorite character is Finn, Hannah's love interest. He is an enigma of sorts when we first meet him and it's easy to see why Hannah is drawn to him. He is insanely hot, yes but there's more to him than that. He's brave and he'd do anything to help Hannah, but he also helps her figure out how to save herself and I love him for that. He isn't some neanderthal type trying to keep her in a gilded cage to protect her in the name of love.
Full of suspense and packed with action and romance, this book is a fast paced thrill ride and I could not stop reading it once I'd started. The end was a slight cliff hanger and I'm now anxiously awaiting the next volume in this exciting new series.
Again, here I sit, following Mel around like a puppy so I can continue to read read read like a maniac. I shall be honest- When I read the summary for Forsaken, I sighed somewhat. "Oh, goodie, a Percy Jackson rip-off. Yay..." But I bit my tongue and read it (who am I to complain about a book?), and as much as I hate being wrong, I am actually happy to say I was DEAD wrong about this book.
Stasia has got to be one of the fiercest characters I've read about this year. She's a sassy little firecracker who has every reason to curl up under the bed and cry forever, but no. She is strong, and I admire that about her. I'm honestly not sure I could get up in the morning after everything she's been through, and there she goes- Somehow finding out all this information and remaining sane. None of the other characters fall flat, either. Phoebe, Willow and Carmen are all totally unique, and somehow get along well with one another. None of her characters act alike, and none of them fall all over the place, as if they were just put there because Day liked her names and couldn't narrow it down.
But all the girls aside, umm.. Finn. Holy. Crap. Can I have him, please? I need a visual aid, mostly because we need a Team Finn button down on that little Book Boys roll down there. Who doesn't love the bad boy? The very, very bad boy? The could-possibly-be-a-murderer bad boy who has really pretty blue eyes? "Possible murderer" get your attention? Oh, good. No, I'm not telling you- Just read it yourself. You will not regret it!
Definitely getting put on my "Favorites" shelf! Cannot wait for the next installment!
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She is the author of the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy, which includes FORSAKEN, AWAKEN (Oct 2012), and CHOSEN (Winter 2012). She loves all books, but really enjoys writing young adult, paranormal romances. She’s loved to write for as long as she can remember. Her first published work was her poem RED in second grade (you guessed it - it was a poem about the color red - life altering, right?) that won her 5 gold stars and a spot in her elementary school's poetry book. That's when her addiction to the written word officially began. She was the only kid in fifth grade that actually enjoyed diagramming sentences. Go ahead and laugh - its okay.
When she’s not writing she’s making jewelry, painting, feeding her addiction to sweet tea, watching the Discovery Channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with her amazing husband. She was born in Boone, NC and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Marketing in 2001.