19 July 2014

Summer Demons (Seasons of Change #1) by Mia Hoddell

Summer Demons (Seasons of Change #1)
by Mia Hoddell.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publication: March 2014.
Jenna Shaw ran away to escape her past. In fact, she jumped on a plane and flew to Portugal to try and forget it. However, it turns out leaving everything behind isn't as easy as it sounds.

She thought she could move on and break free of her fears--that if she had some space the pain would stop. But as memories resurface due to an ill-timed joke, the past crashes into her present once more and she didn't see it coming.

Jenna's plans for normality are derailed by the charismatic Ethan Brooks. She sees him as an annoyance; he sees her as a challenge. But as he tries every trick known to him to impress her, they only serve to push her further away. He's never faced this problem before and Ethan has to work harder than he ever has if he wants to win over and help his mysterious girl.

A young adult romance, this novella would be a great book for teenagers or as a feel-good summer read.

Reviewed by Kelly.

Jenna has just lost her boyfriend. She blames herself for his death. He jumped off a cliff that Jenna egged him on to jump from. Except he didn’t make it and Jenna was also there to find him in the water and she froze when she saw his broken body and now doesn’t do well with water. So her friend takes her away to help her try to move on. Jenna isn’t moving on well at all. She is in the pool and some guy trying to vie for her attention turns over her float in the pool. Jenna’s friend jumps in to help her as she panics in the water. The man feels bad and does everything he can to help her overcome and maybe see him as well.

Slowly he, Ethan, and her friend help her to overcome her past and move on in the world of the living.

This is a novella. It is also written in the third person, which I don’t normally like but it worked here. The characters are believable and the setting beautiful and the story flows well. I was pulling for Ethan all the way hoping he would help her, but first she has to help herself.

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything paranormal and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

With three poems published before the age of sixteen, Mia moved on to short stories but finding she had too much to tell with too little space, Mia progressed to novels. She started her first series (The Wanderer Trilogy) at the age of fourteen and since then hasn’t stopped writing. Elemental Killers is her second series and with an ever growing list of ideas, Mia is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them.

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