Thursday, May 28, 2015

review || CLEARER IN THE NIGHT { blog tour }

Clearer in the Night by Rebecca

Publisher: Penner Publishing (5/11/2015)
Series: Meredith Falls, book 1
Genre: Paranormal New Adult
Source: Pen & Ink
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Rating: ★1/2

Cait’s used to being an outsider. The odd girl out, the one with the alcoholic mother. The one whose sister and father died. The one who might just have telepathy. These things she could manage, could hide just enough to get by. Now a werewolf’s bite forced her outside the whole human race.

Two men -- the one night hook-up who shows up at her hospital bed, and the rescuer worker who may be following her -- seem to know more about her condition than she does... and about this strange world of magic she’s pulled into. As Cait plunges into this darker reality, painful secrets of her past are churned up and she’s forced to confront her new identity. Torn between the between the sweet and too-hot-to-be-true Eli and possessive, darkly sensual Wes, Cait must decide whom to trust and which side to choose... before it’s too late.

about Rebecca || Rebecca, Ree to her friends, lives with her family in the wilds of New England. She is owned by two cats, and enjoys discovering the various ways that one can enjoy string. She is fueled by coffee, and strong autumn breezes.

{ excerpt } .
“You shouldn’t have gone. You should have stayed where I could see you.” She was twisting the hem of her cardigan in her hands. The buttons hadn’t been done up right. Her eyes were wide, staring.

“Mom,” I said, approaching her like I approached a kid crying at drop-off time—hands out, and with a soft smile. “I’m sorry you were scared, but I just went for a run, and then I went into town to check in with Sarah, and make sure everything was okay.”

“You could have disappeared. Just like them. Vanished, no trace, and everyone thinking you’re dead.”

I stared at her for a long minute, then reached out a hand and put it on her arm. She jerked it away, and the pictures rattled on the wall again. “Mom. Dad and Sophie are dead. They died when Dad drove his car into the lake.”

She gave me a look of pure and total disgust. “Their bodies were never found.”

“Because our lake is silty and impossible to search. When you swim, you can’t even see your feet at the end of your legs. The coroner said that there was no sign that anyone got out of that car alive, Mom. They died. A long time ago.” I put my hands on her, and she shrugged them off, harder.

“That’s because someone stole them from us, Caitlyn. I thought you knew that. No wonder you’ve hated me all this time. You thought I drove them away, but they were stolen. Stolen from us.” She was smiling now, earnest and lit up from the inside. My stomach, however, was in knots.

{ review } .
I went back and forth with this title...

As a whole, the book is good -- our lead character, Cait, is written well and her thought processes are full. As a reader, you get a very good understanding of her. She has this ability to read others' thoughts, but it's an ability that leaves her uncomfortable. She doesn't know exactly when it truly started; she also doesn't necessarily catch when something 'said' is actually just a person's thoughts.

Her life changed when her dad drove into the lake with her sister -- or however that actually played out. Her mother became an alcoholic and Cait couldn't do a whole lot of anything right in her mother's eyes. When she left for college, she left everything behind; she later learns that her mother left her room exactly as it had been, too.

Her mother was a very hot-and-cold character. When Cait was in the hospital after being found unconscious in the woods, her mother pulled the kind and caring act well. She was concerned for her daughter's well-being, but equally was entrigued by the young man who had been in the room -- the one who, she tells Cait, is a teacher and a very good catch (just prior she'd told Cait that Wes was a good catch too....). But the moment they get home, she's yelling, cursing, and belittling Cait.

I personally had a hard time getting into the story, but I believe that it is due to the nature of this particular paranormal book. I never read the TWILIGHT books, but I believe those were told in Bella's point of view -- I get that kind of feel with CLEARER IN THE NIGHT, in Cait's viewpoint.

She had an encounter with a beast and knew she was going to die; instead, she wakes up in a hospital with minimal scarring, and the ability to hear thoughts. Having her thought process written so well, though, makes the reader understand her confusion and fears. I think I, personally, am "team Eli" but the end of the book makes me question my thoughts. I am intrigued enough to want to read the next book.

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