I'm really excited to be here for Day #2 of the Mystery Falls by Marilyn Phillips blog tour (hosted by SupaGurl Tours)! Before I get started I want to quickly thank SupaGurl Tours for allowing me to participate in this tour- you can see the whole tour schedule by clicking the link here! I actually finished reading this book about a month ago, and I've been dying to share my thoughts with all of you since then!
Author: Marilyn Phillip
*A copy was received by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Secrets. Lies. Deception. For the past six years, Samantha Hunt has lived with the belief that the untimely death of her parents was the result of an unfortunate accident—that by the cruel hand of fate, she had been left an orphan. But it was a lie, a terrible lie told to her by those who wanted to keep her in the dark. And the truth... when revealed, will change her life and haunt her forever.
Suddenly plagued by a series of events which find her in danger and in need of a savior, Samantha is repeatedly rescued by the mysterious and elusive Shadow—a stranger who seems to know more about her past and the tragedy which befell her family, than she does. Drawn to him despite the antagonism she feels whenever in his presence, Samantha soon discovers that Shadow is not what he appears to be. Determined to learn his true identity and why he has come to Mystery Falls, the small town in which she has spent all of her seventeen years, Samantha not only uncovers the secrets he refuses to share, but also the truth about her own past. A truth which forces her to acknowledge that things are not always as they seem, and sometimes, not even those close to you can be trusted.
Resolved to seeking justice for the unwarranted death of her parents, Samantha embarks on a journey which brings her perilously close to her own demise. Can Shadow use his angel powers to save her yet again, or this time, will he be too late.
Mystery Falls is the first instalment in a new series by Marilyn Phillips! When I was first approached about reviewing this book, I was immediately hooked by the synopsis- me and Y.A. Romances go together like peanut butter and jelly! I eagerly accepted with high expectations for this novel- and I'm telling you, I was not at all disappointed!
I have to warn you guys, it is practically impossible not to get addicted by just reading the prologue. The novel dives right into the good stuff (not in a rushed kind of way....more like a "Oh-my-Gawd YES" kind of way)!
Samantha is a really likeable heroine (and we all know our fair share of unlikeable ones). For years she's been living with the guilt of her parents' deaths. Apart from Mia, Samantha doesn't interact with her peers and she is stuck living with her Uncle Jim *cheers * and her cousin (who now hates her) Claire *boo.* So in other words, it's safe to say Samantha's life is in a pretty bad place, that is until one day, Shadow appears...
I quickly fell for Shadow's character! Not only is he incredibly good looking but he is also egotistical, sweet, arrogant, and loving- in other words, he's flippin' perfection !! He always seems to be there to save Samantha from trouble, and he manages to make me swoon with just his presence! He's definitely been added to my "Boys I Wish Were Real" list.....which, actually, is getting to be quite long.....fictional boys are just so much better ! =D
This book largely focuses on the brewing romance between Samantha and Shadow (and obviously, her trying to figure out who, or more importantly what Shadow really is)! Every interaction between these two is jaw dropping awesomeness- you just can't help swooning and sighing over and over again! And then, after spending the duration of the book trying to calm your bookworm lovin' hormones down, you'll have to deal with the ending that is both sweet and cruel !
"Samantha, you have no reason to be jealous. Claire means nothing to me. We're just friends. You're the one that I want. The one I'm meant to be with. The one I can't exist without."
"Why is it that whenever we're together, we always seem to argue?"
Shadow smiled mischievously. "Because making up is so much fun."
"I love you. And because I love you, I will do whatever it takes to keep you safe."
Overall I am completely captivated my the world Marilyn Phillips has created- Mystery Falls combines mystery, romance, and sizzling chemistry into one novel that you can't help but devour in one sitting! If you're looking for a hot read for the winter ahead, then get ready, because Mystery Falls is the perfect choice! I am eager and even a little bit desperate for the sequel !!! Have you read Mystery Falls? What are your thoughts on Shadow and Samantha? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,
Marilyn lives on the outskirts of Melbourne (Australia) with her wonderfully supportive husband and two beautiful children. When not writing, she likes spending time with her family, taking long walks in dark forests and reading (anything involving paranormal romance / urban fantasy). Her favorite authors include Becca Fitzpatrick, Stephenie Meyer,Claudia Gray and Amanda Hocking. Mystery Falls is her debut novel and the first in a series.