Published May, 2010
'My body was being torn apart, and my stomach felt as if it exploded. The pain was excruciating, and I was aware that I was dying... 'Mom?' My vision was murky, but I could see her face. It was bloody, and her eyes were large and full of fear. Her voice calmed. 'Get out of the car, Attie.' Her words sounded crisp and clear. I looked into the backseat in search of Melody and found her lying covered in blood in a twisted heap on the floor. I turned my attention back to my mother and out of the corner of my eye saw fire. 'Get out, Attie!' 'Mom?' Everything went dark.'
Attie Reed should have died in the wreck that stole the lives of her mother and best friend. But her life was spared. Why? When Attie moves to Oklahoma to stay with the Bennetts for the summer, she hopes she has left her nightmares behind. But her battle is far from over, and Riley Bennett steps forward to help her fight the nighttime monsters. As the battle wears on, Riley begins fighting monsters of his own: his feelings for Attie. And Attie realizes she must begin to face the monsters of the night herself if she wants to conquer them for good. Can Attie's life be Salvaged?
I always get a little nervous when I write my reviews. Why? Well, I've never been the best writer and I really want to get my points and feelings across as clear as possible. Sometimes, I manage to do that, sometimes I don't. Whether I give a book an A+ or a D-, I always try to let the readers know exactly why I did or didn't enjoy the book (without spoilers [unless noted], of course). My absolute biggest worry about writing this review is that I won't be able to express how much I really adored it and why... but I'll give it a shot.
When I was about to start Salvaged, I was pretty excited. I cherish a good love story and I was in dire need of one. The cover was cute too, which never hurts! Little did I know what I would be getting myself into...
This book made me laugh, cry, smile, pout, and even make the little "awwww" noise out loud! Riley and Attie got to know each other really well through out the book, and I got to know them really well too. I did get frustrated with Attie at times mostly because of her insecurity issues, but then I always remembered what she went through and why she must be feeling this or that way about herself. Riley on the other hand is a dream and a half. Edward Cullen/Jacob Black/Noah Calhoun/Romeo... who?
I knew that the book was Christian once I started it but I didn't expect Jesus to be a main character. It took me by surprise and I loved reading the parts of the book where he made his appearances. He had the type of personality anyone could love, just like most of the other characters in the book. There also wasn't any sex or racy behavior, which is really quite refreshing!!!
Just a warning though: This book kept me up until 4:30 in the morning. This book will grab you and not let you go. You might feel like you regret it the next morning, especially if you have to get up at 7:30 for a doctor's appointment like I did... but in the end it was worth it!
This may sound a little bizarre but I almost feel like the book respected my wishes and took the exact turns I hoped for. Needless to say, I loved every single part of this book and I may just have to read it again someday (and I rarely if ever re-read a book).
Oh, Stefne also told me about a great price on her website for her book! Bookstores and Amazon are selling it for $24.99 but you can get it $10 cheaper and SIGNED!!!
Also, look out for a giveaway here on the blog! Stefne was generous enough to provide a copy of Salvaged for one of you lucky readers!!!