Sunday, June 11, 2017

Book Review: Feel Me Fall by James Morris

Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she's the last left alive.

But can she carry the burden of the past?

Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we'll go in order to survive.

Lately, I've been really sticking to romance novels. It's not often that I've gone out of that genre in the past 6 months so when I was approached about giving this book a read, I was a little hesitant. Between it not being a romance and it being YA and a survival story ... I just didn't know what to think. But the blurb pulled me in and I knew that if I didn't read the book and learn what it was all about, it would haunt me. 

In the end, I'm glad that I decided to give it a chance. Throughout the entire book, my emotions were really on a crazy rollercoaster. I found myself hopeful, then sad, then sick to my stomach, then confused and around and around it went. I really didn't know what to feel at the end of the book. Did I like it? Did I not like it? I really didn't know. I finished this book two days ago and I've had to just set it aside for a while just so that I could really process what my final thoughts were. 

At the beginning, the abundance of characters was a little much. Then when you throw in the flashbacks to multiple different time periods ... I just honestly didn't know if I would make it through the book. It felt like these flashbacks were coming at you ninety to nothing and changing so fast that you can't get your bearings. After a while, the flashbacks grow on you and you start to realize why the story needed to be told the way that it was. And now, days later looking back on my reading experience, you realize that it was actually kind of genius. The story wouldn't have had the same impact on the reader if it wasn't written this way. 

The characters themselves were very well written. By the time I was finished reading the book, I felt like I really understood whom each of them were and I had a firm grasp on what made them tick and why. It's nice to read a YA book and have fully fleshed out characters to go on a journey with. 

Yes, I enjoyed the book. So why did I only give it four stars? Well ... it's because there were some parts that I just kind of skimmed over. For my reading preferences, it was just a little ... too descriptive at times. But that's just a personal thing and while it did detract from the story for me, it didn't ruin the novel for me. The story ends in a way that it seems like there might be a second book following it but it's nothing that really leaves you hanging ... it just opens a door and leaves you wondering. All in all, a pretty good book. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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