'It's going to take a fight, I know that. But
it's more than just a fight for my life. It's a fight for my soul and my soul
Jazzy Williams is not your average
coffee-loving teen. She's struggling with her grief, her famous uncle’s fans,
an overprotective big brother, and a depressed mother, all while trying to make
friends at her new school. In the first week, she meets a gorgeous green-eyed
hottie who turns out to be more than just some high school crush - he's more
than human. And she unknowingly enrages a very dangerous breed of immortal who
wants her soul or life as payment. With the help of supernatural friends and
protectors, Jazzy thinks she's safe until what remains of her family is put in
danger. Does Jazzy have what it takes to save her family, life, soul and soul
mate, or will all be lost?
*Warning* Mature Content. This contains some
profanity, mild sexual situations, innuendoes, and violence. Recommended for
ages 17 and up, depending on maturity level.
Review: From the synopsis of True Connections I was really excited to get into the book. I've been gorging myself on New Adult contemporary books lately, and figured some paranormal should spice up my shelf quite nicely.
I really liked the concept of True Connections. I think the paranormal scene that Rachel Walter has created is really fun and unique. When I first started reading, it was a little hard to get into the action, only because I felt like the plot jumps around a lot and I couldn't really get grounded in the story. However, about a quarter of the way through when the mythology of what paranormal creatures True Connections unveils itself I was hooked. I really, really love it when authors go outside of the norm and create something completely unique and I think that was something that Rachel Walter nailed.
I also really liked Jaz's interactions with her brother Henry and his friend Barry. I thought that the nice non-romantic dynamics were executed in a really fun and comedic way, that I could easily picture in my head. Henry was just a really fun brother, and his and Jaz's close relationship was really sweet. Jaz was someone that I struggled with at points in the book. Granted crazy stuff was happening to her throughout the plot, but it felt like she wasn't taking what was happening to her seriously. I understand the whole being selfish point of view, but how she handled the events in the book gave her an unflattering naiveté in my opinion. Her relationship with Seth made me cringe at first, but I was really happy with how their story unfolded.
Seth was another really great character for me. He wasn't a brooding bad boy, but I definitely could tell he cared for Jaz without him being a complete jerk to her. As far as raciness, there are kissing scenes in True Connections, but nothing graphic. I honestly would say that it would be ok for upper-YA readers since there wasn't really any raunch.
Overall, I enjoyed True Connections. It's a really easy and fun read for anyone who loves their PNRs. I am really excited to see where the next story is going to go, since we will get Henry's story!
Rachel lives in Central Pennsylvania, is a stay at home mom,
has a wonderful husband, total of 4 kids, 3 of which are step kids. She’s a
true Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers fan. She’s an insomniac that loves
coffee, Johnny Depp movies and bonfires, dislikes driving on the interstate,
bugs of any kind, and a too quiet house. When she’s not playing with the people
inside her head, making her family think she belongs in the loony bin or
writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, finding new music, new
books, helping someone or plotting something equally crazy with her Critique