My body was being torn apart, and my stomach felt as if it exploded. The pain was excruciating, and I was aware that I was dying...Review:
'Mom?' My vision was murky, but I could see her face. It was bloody, and her eyes were large and full of fear.
Her voice calmed. 'Get out of the car, Attie.' Her words sounded crisp and clear.
I looked into the backseat in search of Melody and found her lying covered in blood in a twisted heap on the floor. I turned my attention back to my mother and out of the corner of my eye saw fire.
'Get out, Attie!'
Everything went dark.
Attie Reed should have died in the wreck that stole the lives of her mother and best friend. But her life was spared. Why?
When Attie moves to Oklahoma to stay with the Bennetts for the summer, she hopes she has left her nightmares behind. But her battle is far from over, and Riley Bennett steps forward to help her fight the nighttime monsters. As the battle wears on, Riley begins fighting monsters of his own: his feelings for Attie. And Attie realizes she must begin to face the monsters of the night herself if she wants to conquer them for good.
Can Attie's life be Salvaged?
I can't even begin to describe just how much I adored Salvaged, and I'm worried even more so that when the words do come, they won't even begin to give it the justice it deserves. Though, I will try my best.
Salvaged is a book that deals with a lot. Death, romance, overcoming fears, finding faith when you have hit rock bottom... name it and you'll probably find it somewhere tangled in, and while romance is a huge portion of this novel and pretty much my favorite, I think the main idea of Salvaged is finding faith and developing a relationship with God/Jesus/whoever you believe in, which I liked because it was never too preachy, but left for the reader to take in their own way.
Attie is someone who has dealt with a lot in the last year. She's lost her best friend and mom in a car crash, that should have have most likely taken her life as well; her father can't even begin to look at her because there's still too much pain; she has begun to talk to Jesus daily; she has feelings for Riley, her dead best friend's brother, and he may have the same for her, but she has no clue what to do.
Attie is a character that when I say I adored her I truly did. She was funny, bright, and so much more positive then I would've been in her position. Her relationship with Jesus put a unique spin on this novel and always felt a bit reminiscent of one of my old favorite shows titled Joan of Arcadia, where the girl talked to god and did tasks he gave her. And this review wouldn't be complete if I didn't talk about Attie's romance with the lovely Riley Bennett. Their romance was basically the definition of cute and sweet put together, since that's just how they were with each other. Though I won't say anymore besides the fact that I want a Riley, since I want future readers to come up with their own thought on the relationship.
The plot of this always kept the book moving, and when tied together with Ms. Miller's fabulous prose, proved to be a nearly spectacular story, that nearly had no flaws.
In all, Salvaged is one of the cutest books I've read in a long time, and one that I highly, highly urge you to pick up, because I'm sure you'll love it just as much as I did. And Ms. Miller? Well, she's one author to keep an eye on, because if Salvaged is any indication, we're in for quite a treat with future ones!
Salvaged is now out!
Source: Author- Thanks Stefne!
Side Note: Stefne has been awesome enough to set up a special deal for my readers out there. That deal? Well, she's offering up copies of Salvaged for $14.99 ($3 less than Amazon, B&N, etc). They will be personalized, signed copies and come directly from her. To cash in on this awesome deal, head over here.