Thursday, May 10, 2012

Grace by R Rodriguez

Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance with a Paranormal Spritz
Eternal Beloved Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Goodreads):
Grace Elizabeth Coventry has wanted to die since puberty. Since then, she carries out elaborate plans to end her life. She almost succeeds on her eighteenth birthday, but when an outside force emerges to carry out the deed, an inexplicable survival instinct awakens in her. It’s too late, though. Death has already noticed her. As she hangs on for dear life from the ledge of the Skyway Bridge in Chicago, about to give up to her fate, an unexpected stranger appears to save her, only to be challenged by the ultimate threat. In the end, only she has the power to save herself.

Let me start with this totally wasn't what I was expecting.  The first part of the book is a little slow, and I kept wondering is this a contemporary piece or a paranormal piece?  And then everything clicked into place within the last thirty pages.  What's so different about this book compared to my other recent reads is this one spans about ten years of Grace' life.  And that could be why I thought the beginning was a little slow.

While reading the book, I thought the description was a terrible description (until that eye-opening moment at the end).  This book has a lot of contemporary emotions in it.  Grace tries to die.  She meets boy.  She goes to school to try to better life.  She takes a wrong turn and ends up in an abusive relationship.  That gives you an idea of what you're going to see in this book without giving anything away.  Also note that I kept the plot line blunt and without names, so you're still left guessing when you read it.

But let me tell you, the last part of the book completely made it for me.  There's a moment where everything clicks into place and suddenly various parts of the book make sense and have a new meaning.  I sort of guessed what was going on, but by the end, I wasn't sure there'd be some paranormal addition.  That's why I only added a spritz of it when I listed the genre.

Who would I recommend this to?  That's a difficult question...  I'm not going to say hard-core vampire/werewolf lovers are going to love this book.  I believe those who like romance and contemporary would find this one right up their alley.  I definitely advise anyone who reads it to wait until the end before forming your opinions of the book (I know mine completely changed).

Thanks goes to R Rodriguez for providing me a review copy.

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