Thursday, 16 May 2013

Gossamer (Faeble #1) by S.L.Naeole

Gossamer by S.L.Naeole


No matter how badly we want fairy tales to come true, the only parts that ever really happen are the bad ones.
Sophia Blithe has everything a teenage girl could want:  Money, a handsome boyfriend, and a best friend that knows her inside and out.  To strangers looking in, she lives the perfect life.  But to those that know the truth, Sophia's is anything but perfect.

Known as the infamous Blithe Baby, Sophia’s spent almost eighteen years running from the ghost of a past that’s left her cold and immune to emotion..  With the help of a wealthy and famous foster family, she's managed to live a semi-normal life, but wealth can only go so far.  A few weeks before the start of her senior year, Sophia finds herself being transferred to a new school thanks to a sudden changing of districts that puts Sophia's home right on the edge of Gossamer, Oregon, a small town that was built from the ground up by the determined and affluent families that reside there.  It is there that Sophia is forced to face the scars of her past and what that means for her future.
Unfortunately, her controlling boyfriend and foster-father seem to have her future all planned out.  Then she meets Dex Sterling, the boy whose eyes haunt her dreams.  He’s carefree, handsome, cryptic, infuriating, and he knows more about her than he should.  He makes Sophia question the feelings she has whenever she’s around him, and worse — whenever she’s not.  In an attempt to gain her trust Dex does the impossible for her, just to be able to ask her questions, but it’s her own questions that need answering.
When Sophia finds herself in trouble after making a painful choice, Dex whisks her away and, in the darkness that hides nothing, reveals to her the truth about Gossamer, about himself, and how he knows so much about her.  That truth is far more frightening and far more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.  Now she’s left to figure out what it is she wants and whatever her decision, it could end up costing her life in one way or the other.

My Review:

What people heard as I was reading this book:

Me: Oh shit!
Me: *swoon* I'm in luuurrrveee

and...yeah. It continues.

As always, S.L.Naeole has sent me on a magical adventure into love, loss, darkness, and hope. She has once again ensnared me in her web and, to be honest, I don't really want to leave!! She has me so ensnared that I forgot to eat dinner, ignored when I was called down to eat, and someone had to come and physically remove the kindle from my grasp so I would eat. Yeah, that didn't really happen. But it almost did.

Ms. Naeole brings into her books a darkness which most people try and avoid. Somethings not right in the characters' life, and it's issues that wee see as taboo. Why, I don't really know, but we do. She's not afraid to go to these places that others see as 'dark' and 'bad'. I find that authors quite often want to stay in the la-la land of rainbows and fairies with the only dark thing being someone who wants to kill the main character, but overall it's pretty predictable and light. S.L.Naeole brings these things out into the light, and I think that that helps people know that it's okay to feel bad things and have bad things happen, that we can overcome these things and that we're not alone. It's an important message and I comment her for not being afraid to say it, loud and proud.
Ok, my synopsis.

Meet The Blithe Baby. I'm sure you've heard of her. She's the one who's mother tried to kill her after killing her father. She's a freak. Watch out, she's just like her mum.
That's what Sophia Jane Blithe hears wherever she goes. And it's true. Her mother tried to kill her. Consequently, she ended up in foster care, moving from house to house until she settled down. Kind of. Everything's going right for Sophia - she's semi-popular due to her über popular boyfriend (even if she doesn't love him), her sister and best friend, Astor, is with her, and she has a family who's keeping her, even if not in name. So how does that all get turned around by simple land ownership? And how does thisthing that turns her life upside down change how she see's everything? She thought going to Perfect High would be torture, and it is, but her mind keeps straying to those violet eyes, that perfect face, that dark silk hair...


I give this 5 stars out of 5 stars, and suggest that you go and make a sign to put on your door saying: READING! DO NOT DISTURB! I'm making mine as we speak as I wait for number 2 to download to my kindle. Oh, how I just love pyjama days!!

Keep on reading, forget the dreaming!
Queen of Reading

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