Category: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy - Paranormal, Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Barkley's Books
Release Date: Feb. 15, 2012
Page Count: 210
Source: e-ARC via Mark My Words Book Publicity
Milo Mitchell's life used to be charmed, but that was before her family dissolved, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. Spending Saturday morning in a treehouse with a stun gun for company and a herd of deer for friends is the only exciting thing in her life...until she shoots a fawn and finds her dart stuck in a guy.
Her gorgeous victim is dressed in a Brioni tux and armed with a hanky. He has no idea who or where he is. Afraid her dart caused his amnesia, Milo takes him in, names him Nick, and vows to help him solve his mystery. Soon the pair find Nick's face in a newspaper obituary, and Nick beings to have strange, ethereal memories of Milo--who is sure she's never met him. Suddenly Nick knows things he shouldn't know and is doing things he shouldn't do. When the Department of Defense shows up, Nick and Milo run--toward a shocking conclusion that could destroy both their worlds.
Review: I received an e-book of the novel Here by Ella James in exchange for an honest review through Mark my Words Book Publicity. When I first read the synopsis, I was definitely intrigued by the whole thing. There is something interesting about a handsome teen boy showing up randomly in a tuxedo, isn't there? I'm not sure what YA fan would not want to read that! When I was offered to read it and do a review, I could not turn the chance down! I am glad that I agreed as well because I really, really enjoyed this book. Ella James is a wonderful author, and I was thrilled with her writing. I intend to continue reading her books in the future, and I strongly recommend her as well.
The beginning of Here seems like it would be your average YA contemporary novel. There is the main character Milo (love the name), having her friends spend the night. Something has happened with the main character which makes her feel isolated and different around her friends, as usually happens with us as we get older and begin to drift away from our friends. At first, I was a little unsure about where the story was going to go. I was worried that it was going to be slow, but all of that changed very quickly. Before you know it, Milo is in the woods ready to track the deer on their land, something that her father used to do, and she ends up hitting Nick with the dart instead.
From that point forward, there is nothing slow about the novel at all as they try to figure out exactly who Nick is-they decide to call him Nick because Milo had intentions of re-reading The Great Gatsby-and how he ended up in the woods in a tuxedo at that exact moment. Milo has to deal with strange occurrences going on in town, hiding Nick from her mother, figuring out how to bring Nick around her friends, and then dealing with her emotions when "Nick" thinks that he has figured out who he is. Of course, that would make things too easy, wouldn't it? It is a fantasy-paranormal book, after all, so he could not possibly be this other fellow everyone assumes he is. (that is all I will say on that, no spoilers!).
When it comes to the romance in the book, I really enjoyed it. I think that what Milo and Nick have is great. It's complicated, naturally, as nothing else would make sense based on the situation. One moment it is clear that they are completely into each other and something great might happen, and then suddenly something with happen and take one or both of them into a dark, upsetting place once more. To say they are both conflicted characters is an understatement, though having Nick around gives Milo something to think about other than the death of her father and her life seeming to fall apart because of it. Naturally, based on what Nick really is, a relationship would not be easy for them, and that makes you want it to happen even more.
I think that James did a great job of making the whole thing seem very realistic; as realistic as you can make the situation, at least. It is very much believable, and I never found myself thinking "Yeah right, because that would happen..." (I cannot possibly be the only one who has conversations with myself while reading!). When I got to the end of the novel, I did not want the story to end at all, even though I knew that there would be a sequel out in March. At the very end we are introduced to another character who I can tell is going to be important, and one who does not seem to like Milo at all. This character does something at the very end that could shake everything up completely....and then it ends and we don't know what happens! Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to reading Trapped as soon as it comes out! I highly recommend the book Here to everyone.
About Ella James
Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.
Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.
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