Evoke by Danielle Simons is the first in a YA Romance series about a girl who wakes up in the hospital and the tragic news that will forever change her life..
“When five friends come home from college for the summer, it feels as if the friendship that has bound them together since childhood, is stronger than ever. But when Laney Thomas wakes up two months later and discovers she is the sole survivor of an accident that has claimed the lives of three friends, Laney realizes the world she has awakened, is not the one she remembers. The loss is devastating, changing her life irrevocably, and with no recollection of the accident or the days leading up to it, Laney must rely on Evan Davies, the only one not in the car that night, to help her heal. The two have always been close, sharing a rare and inextricable bond, and as long as he is by her side, the emptiness won’t swallow her whole. But when Evan disappears from her life without explanation, Laney is forced into her memories of the past, learning the painful truth of the friendships she cherished, and love coveted.“
This book had a mix of emotions. We are thrown into this tragic situation where we immediately can tell that something sad occurred. Since the main character is vulnerable, having spent two months in the hospital, we are stuck slowly discovering the events that led up to the present.
This is a story about friendship, love, and discovery. Don’t go into this book thinking that you will need a couple boxes of tissues because there are happier moments thrown in. The author throws in a mix of present-day and the main character’s flashbacks to help slowly tie the story together.
The writing itself flowed very well and brought you into the intense moments. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and experiencing their ups and downs of not only the main character, but also the family and friends that are experiencing the situation from their end.
The ending left me wanting more, especially when a positive romance left me with all the feels.
If you love reading emotional books, I highly recommend this one! I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and I hope to continue on in Book 2.
Published: 4 December 2018
Genre: Young Adult Romance
How I Read It: eARC from YA Bound Book Tours
“Danielle grew up in a small town in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills. A voracious reader from an early age, she began writing poetry and short stories in elementary school, and continued that passion throughout high school and college. She studied literature, creative writing and communications at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, sons and two cats, where she is a PR executive by day, and writer by night.”
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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