by Chelsea FinePublished by: Acacia Publishing Publish Date: December 7, 2011 Genre: Paranormal YA Series: The Archers of Avalon #1 Source: E-book provided for review My Rating (4.5 of 5 stars): Blurb From Goodreads:
Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery…until she met a boy with a familiar voice.
Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet’s determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he’s kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.
Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet’s world becomes even more muddled. While she’s instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she’s impossibly drawn to Tristan–and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past…might just be the death of her.
I generally don’t read too much young adult fiction, but I am happy to report that Anew is an inventive, exceptional novel. Scarlet is a young woman with serious amnesia, she remembers nothing past the point where she woke up all alone in the woods. With a guardian appointed to her and a spunky best friend, Scarlet lives her life the best she can. However, after meeting the good-looking, familiar voiced Gabriel, Scarlet’s life begins to change, but maybe not for the better.
I love the concept and the structure of Anew. The reader learns the situation right along with Scarlet, as she begins to remember her past in pieces. There is a murky love triangle between Scarlet, Gabriel, and his twin brother Tristan that is both complicated and intriguing. As the reasons behind the complicated triangle are uncovered, Scarlet handles her new situation surprisingly well. She is definitely surprised, but her reactions are to be expected and not over-exaggerated.
The paranormal elements to Anew are refreshingly creative. There are no paranormal creatures such as vampires or shifters, but the paranormal plays a major role in the lives of Tristan, Gabriel, and Scarlet. The brothers Tristan and Gabriel manage the difficult love triangle very well (all things considered) and they are united in their goal of undoing curses of the past and protecting Scarlet. The more Scarlet remembers, the more the plot thickens, and the more enthralled I was with the story.
I hate giving away spoilers, but I will say that the end is a bit of a cliff-hanger. As I finished the last page, I just wanted more, I wanted to know what happens and to continue unraveling the mysteries. I will for sure be eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series and I very highly recommend Anew to readers of paranormal and young adult fiction.