Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: THE WANDERERS by Jessica Miller

What do you do when you learn your family is the one who's holding all the secrets? Secrets that could get you killed...

Ella is looking forward to starting college in the fall with her best friend Josie. She’s looking for a place where she can get away from her overbearing parents and two older annoying brothers. Unfortunately Ella realizes that sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.

Ella soon learns that the man who terrorizes her dreams is in fact real and coming after her.

When one of her classmates is murdered, Ella slowly recognizes this is not some strange coincidence. Ella fears that the boy she’s falling in love with is the one who stalks her dreams and no longer knows who she can trust.

When she finally learns the truth of her family's deepest secret, Ella has to face her demons by taking out one of the people she thought she could trust…before they kill her.

Genre:  New Adult PNR/Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Self/Indie

Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords

Rating:  *  *  *

I have mixed feeling on this one and have fluctuated between 3 and 4 stars, finally landing on 3.  The book starts off great with wonderful, easy-flowing writing and an intriguing  mysterious supernatural event, but then the pace really slows as the author introduces us to Ella's life.  While I really liked the depth this gave some of the main characters (except for her parents who seemed fairly unrealistic to me), this section suffers with no more mention of the supernatural and Ella's wordy discourse on her being rich, but not spoiled.

Once past this, the middle hits and the book is incredibly hard to put down.  Ella's and Tristan's courtship is very entertaining and romantic.  Their relationship is extremely well done, with the notable exception to Ella's incessant need to argue and call things off.  She was hard to like at times because she was so unreasonable, selfish and unkind.

The book has a great mystery that unfolds and keeps a reader eagerly awaiting answers.  There's a lot of action through the latter part of the book, too, which made for an engaging read.  The ending was intense and emotional with a serious cliff hanger that I'm not so sure I appreciate.  While I don't mind cliff hangers, I could do with a bit more closure.

Overall, I was left with a few questions that may or may not be answered in future books.  For example, I had a hard time accepting that her parents kept their secret from her even before Kyle's accident and that they bothered allowing her to go to college when they had other plans for her, especially with a deadline involved.  I also am confused as to why her older brothers are not called upon first for the thing she's supposed to be do (sorry for being so vague, I try never to spoil).

Regardless of my questions and some concerns I've voiced, this is a very entertaining read and I very much wish to continue on with this series.  I am eager to see where the story goes from here!

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