EVOKE by Danielle Simmons ***Giveaway -- A Brandy's Book Nook Review***
by Danielle Simmons
Genre: YA/NA Romance
Release Date: November 2018
A Brandy's Book Nook Review
This book is a mix of different things that kept me wondering exactly what genre you could call it. Even now a couple of days after finishing it, I am trying to find a way to describe it. It has some mystery to it, but it's not a typical mystery. There is a love interest but it's not exactly a romance either.
Laney is in a horrible car accident and can't remember the accident or the week leading up to it. Three out of four of her best friends died in the accident, and she struggles to cope as she was also in a coma for a couple of months and everyone else has had time to deal with what has happened. The story is really about how your friendships affect your life and the choices you make. As well as the people around you, even in a broad sense the people you don’t even think about in your community.
Evan, her last close friend, is acting different and won't tell her why which leads to her accepting a questionable friendship, and acting a little crazy in trying to cope with her grief and loss. Laney’s mom tries to protect her, but won’t answer her questions. As her memories start to return some truths that she wouldn't face before the accident about her best friend start to become painfully clear.
The story is interesting and powerful, but for me fell just shy of edge of your seat, what's going to happen next?! type of interesting. I am hopeful that this being the first in a series is just setting the stage for the OMG I can't believe that just happened moments that could be just around the corner. The series has great potential especially with the ending, and the new people coming into Laney’s life.
About the AuthorDanielle grew up in a small town in California's Sierra Nevada Foothills. A voracious reader from an early age, she began writing poetry and short stories in elementary school, and continued that passion throughout high school and college. She studied literature, creative writing and communications at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, sons and two cats, where she is a PR executive by day, and writer by night.
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