Mar 11, 2014
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: March 4, 2014
Sixteen-year-old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a daydreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally, this is not a problem, as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky—even for her.
Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more drool-worthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Too bad he acts like he hates her.
When Selena learns she’s being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined, she’s had enough. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easily, especially when she discovers that Dillan isn’t what he seems…and might not actually hate her after all. Dillan might be the only person who can save her.
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. Today, she lives in the Philippines and writes full-time.
Guest Post: Inspiration for Becoming a Writer
By Kate Evangelista
In high school, I never really thought of myself as a writer even if this was where my writing career essentially began. Being a late bloomer, I began devouring books when I was a freshman. Then, when I entered my sophomore year, my English teacher gave us a writing assignment. She asked us to write a short story. So I did. Not even thinking if it as something hard to do. I guess you can say I fell into the rhythm of writing. Then when she complimented me on my story, I caught the bug.
My classmates reinforced my love for writing when they began reading my poorly written, horribly-formatted, bad-grammar-infested stories. The feeling of watching someone read my work was addictive. Pretty soon I began writing more and more, but always about love. I’m a sucker for romance, even then. I also had sick and twisted stories, but they still had a love story woven in.
I entered medical school in college. Hey, everyone needs a career right? I never thought of writing as a career. I was way too naïve. But when I realized I wasn’t cracked up to be a doctor, I studied literature. I figured I liked to read, so it seemed like a natural fit. I actually did pretty well for myself, only writing once in a while for fun. Most of the writing I did at the time was academic.
When I graduated, I became an English teacher. I loved seeing my student’s faces when they got what I was trying to teach them. But like with medicine, I slowly realized teaching wasn’t for me. Not a hundred percent anyway. So I went back to my writing, the only thing in my life that I truly enjoyed.
The moment I saw writing as a career was when I woke up one day asking myself if the work I was doing at the time was what I saw myself doing ten years along the road. The answer was a terrifying no. So, I quit my job (scariest thing I’d ever done) and pursued the path to becoming a writer.
Actually, it’s only now with the release of my sixth book that it has truly sunk in. I’m a writer. I write stories for a living. And readers email, tweet, message me on FB about the stories I’ve written. They tell me what they enjoyed and what they didn’t and I love every moment of it. If I realized this sooner, maybe in high school, my life might have been totally different. But, as they say, things happen for a reason, and I believe I had to go through all of that to find my way back home.
I really liked Til Death there were definitely some opportunities, but I think the characters were wonderful, and the plot was definitely great.
I really liked Selena from the beginning. I thought she seemed like a genuine teenager with the mood swings and all. I liked that she didn’t bow down to Dillan’s awesomeness in the beginning, and that she constantly tried to give back the snarky insults. Selena definitely had her secrets, but not from those she cared about the most. It was also nice to see that her group of friends were filled in on her gift and they still protected her for it.
Dillan was an interesting one, and I don’t think I would have liked him nearly so much if we didn’t have his POV. There was more to Dillan than just an arrogant jerk, but from Selena’s perspective you can’t really see that. You get a few glimpses of a nice Dillan, but for the most part he was just a jerk to her up until he realizes she needs protecting. I did like that he was willing to admit he cared about her specifically because she was in danger. I feel like these two could have danced around each other for forever if there hadn’t been more pressing issues.
The one thing I didn’t enjoy was the crypticness for most of the book. A little mystery is fine, but I spent a good portion of time just like ‘Please tell me already!’ There was too much hinting and not enough explaining until the very end of the book. However, Kate Evangelista did a great job of creating characters that I liked, enjoyed, and that were not carbon cutouts of each other.
I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it did really suck me in. I didn’t skim at any point, and I desperately wanted to know all the secrets in this little town. The only detraction was the crypticness. I can’t wait to read the second book, and I know we’re in for major surprises!
4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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