Hey guys! So today is really cool, because for Addison Moore's Ephemeral tour, it is stopping right here for a review! Lately i've been into this whole memory loss motif, seriously I have been reading whatever I can get my hands on about this stuff since I think "losing oneself" is pretty much the craziest thing that could happen to someone. That is what attracted me to this book in the first place.
Let me jump into this review by starting off with the Preface. This one was awesome. It immediately transports you to this eerie, dark, and creepy place that you don't really leave for the duration of the book. It also sets up the confusion of where we are when the book opens. We're in a forest, and the girl we meet is being chased and attacked. She doesn't know where she is, and we sure as heck don't know either, but when an unnamed boy saves her from the "zombies" I was in a fit of confusion. As the book progresses we see Laken reunite with her dead brother, and her boyfriend Wes. Only problem is, they aren't dead and Laken has a different last name. Things are going bump in the night, and she is being followed and attacked by creatures that shouldn't exist. She also is having an identity crisis of epic proportions since her last name is not the same, and no one believes her when she tells them she is from Kansas. Cue mystery boy coming back into the picture and believing in her, but ultimately setting up disaster points in her newly found again relationship with Wes. In a school named Ephemeral, the plot of this story twists and turns, and constantly leaves you guessing. It only begs one question, what is going on in Ephemeral?
I really liked this book. It was complex and I didn't know whether Laken was really Laken Stewart in a weird coma induced state or if she was really Laken Anderson and just hit her head super hard and doesn't remember anything. The plot of this story was not straightforward and went into some pretty crazy territory. I truly felt Laken's terror as she thought no one believed her, and that maybe she was just a mental case. The other character who I really liked in this book was Laken's roommate Casper. Casper added that extra creep factor that makes this a good and suspenseful book. I don't want to divulge too much because really this is a great read by Addison Moore and it is definitely on my recommend list!! Go pick it up today!!
Young Adult/ Mature Situations
The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield.
Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely.
Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma.
In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says.
Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?
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