Hooked: A True Faerie Tale

Michealbrent Collings
Paranormal Romance
Young Adult

“Even the street’s asphalt seemed  to be a less vivid shade of black – as though the creator of this borough had made a deal with the devil to wash all purity out of the place, even the purity of the darkness itself.”

Life has never been fair for Eve.  Living on the outskirts of high school, with a mother who’s barely sober and in a neighborhood where most wouldn’t notice she was missing, life is as it’s always been.  At least, until he shows up.  Rocky is the new kid in school – sexy, exciting, compelling, and apparently interested in Eve.  Eve is thrilled and excited, at least she would be if it weren’t for the strange happenings all around her, not the least of which is the odd young man, Jacob, in her apartment building.  Love, fear, loyalty and betrayal wage war as Eve is thrown into a world she never knew existed.  As her world turns from the ordinary to the paranormal, what secrets of the past will be revealed, and what choice about her future will Eve make? 

My Opinion: This was an interesting and compelling read.  I loved the way the author weaved myth with classic literature, all while keeping a contemporary slant to it.  Very well created story and characters.  Collings has a way with words that pulls you into every moment of the story, absorbing every scene with all of your senses. Honestly, I wouldn’t have cared to read this one cover to cover had it turned out to be the usual kind of romance novel. I picked up a recommendation from a site here on the internet and boy! Am I glad?   I love the interactions of the various characters and how it made me unsure of who to root for at first, much as the main character experiences.  The romance was sweet and almost timeless.  I must say though, that the story did have a bit of a dark element to it, giving it a much darker feeling that you often find in a young adult book.  Not a bad feeling, but a much baser and raw portrayal of the story and it’s elements than most clean paranormal novels can achieve.  All in all a very good read and an author I’ll keep my eye on.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.