29 October 2013

Entangled Embrace Pre-launch Blog Tour: Book Review: Hushed by Kelley York

Format: Kindle
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace
Published: 11th November 2013
Pages: 229
Genre: New Adult, Thriller, Romance
Date Read: 16th December 2011 - 21st December 2011
Rating Given:
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Blurb from Publishers:

He’s loved her. Killed for her. Yet he may not be able to save her. 

Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids. Since then, he’s never stopped trying to
shelter her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when skipping from one toxic relationship to another. Archer is always there, reeled in and tossed out, waiting to be noticed.

Then Evan Bishop breezes into town with a warm smile and calming touch, and Archer can’t deny his attraction to him. Evan is the only person who keeps him around without a single string attached. And the harder Archer falls for Evan, the more he sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.

But Viv has her hooks in deep, and once she finds out Archer’s dark secret, she threatens to expose the truth if she doesn’t get what she wants. And what she wants is for him to end his relationship with Evan...permanently. 

I actually didn't realise that I had already read this book when looking through the books that Entangled: Embrace was wanting to review. So when I read the blurb I thought it sounded good and I asked for it which was accepted. What I am going to do is just update my review and post it again.
The book cover used this time was different (probably why I didn't get that I already read the book) and I have to admit that this one is far better. I love that it's dark and that the models are in the shadows as it definitely ties in better with the actual story.

When I first started Hushed I found myself thinking that I wasn't going to like it but I without noticing I wanted to find out what is going to happen next. I would just read one more chapter before I could stop so I obviously liked it more than what I actually thought I did. Hushed is a very dark and a bit of a twisted book and had me on the edge of my seat especially towards the end. I would have liked a bit more to the ending maybe a few years into the future just so you know if everything worked out.
2011 thoughts: After finishing it I do kind of feel a bit down as it was very dark I don't think it's one I could read again anytime soon as it was a bit depressing.
2013 thoughts: After going through my review I think I will actually read it again in the next couple of weeks!

Even though the main character Archer was a bit of a serial killer I found myself routing for him and trying to think of excuses to why he would do something like that you even end up forgiving him of being a killer. He was a deep character as a lot of the male characters in other books that I have read they seem a bit shallow but I didn't find that being the case with Archer. I loved Evan's character as he was so sweet and caring and you get the relationship between Evan and Archer which I like to see in books as sometimes you just don't get why a certain couple are together but that isn't the case for Evan and Archer. Vivian's character was a hard one because at the beginning you could kind of understand her a bit with going through what she had to go through but then by the end I just couldn't stand her. I think this would be because of us reading it from Archer's point of view we kind of go through his emotions so you kind of think like Archer.

Overall a dark, emotional roller coaster ride that leaves you wanting more.
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Author Bio

Once upon a time, Kelley York was born in central California. And it's there she she still resides with her lovely wife, step-daughter, and an abundance of cats, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games, Doctor Who, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or at least write about them.

Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person's character and the workings of their mind are limitless.

Her first book, HUSHED, was released by Entangled Publishing in December 2011. Her second and third books, HOLLOWED and SUICIDE WATCH, were released in 2012, and her next Entangled book, MADE OF STARS, is slated for October 1st, 2013. 
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