Title - Forsaken
Author - Kristen Day
Series of Standalone - #1 in the daughters of the sea
Genre - Young Adult Fantasy
Publication - July 18th 2012
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Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…
Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.
Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.
Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.
But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.
She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever depend upon it.
I received Forsaken as part of the blog tour hosted by YA Novel Reader in return for a honest review. Hanna doesn't know who her parents are, nor does she know where she comes from since she was abandon'd on the steps to the police station at 8 months old. From the time she was little Hannah has bounced between foster home till she thirteen and adopted by the Withmans a well off family. Hannah now has a sister her age and parents who care but she's spent so much building up walls she doesn't let them in. It's when she's seventeen that things start to change she starts having horrific nightmares as well as blacking out. After a night out with the family that ends in a black out Dee her adopted mother decides it's time to get a new therapist for Hannah.
Hannah arrives to meet her new therapist who asks her four questions then decides that it's time to send her away to a boarding school for other teens like herself. Hannah heads to Bald Head Island feeling more alone until she arrives at the main land greeted by her new mentor Kira who is nothing like Hannah expected makes her feel welcome. Upon arriving at the island Kira takes Hannah to her office to get her set up for school, and Hannah decides since this is her chance to start over she wants to change her name to the one from her dreams Anastasia. She is introduced to her new roommates who she instantly feels connected with but she's doesn't realize how connected she is until she catches one of the moving sand with her hand.
Anastasia learns that there is more going on at The House of Lorelei then just school as she learns that the students are descendants of mythical sea Gods and Goddesses including her. She learns about the different types of beings, they are all half human but each faction is a little different and have their own characteristics. Anastasia finds herself falling for Finn who is a Sons of Daimon who happens to be the boy she's been dreaming about for three years. When a mentor is found dead Stasia realizes she saw her death before it happened and she wasn't the only one either. Stasia sets out to find out what is really going on at Lorelei what the Siren leaders are hiding and who she really is. As she uncovers the truth, learning who she can trust as well as her destiny it will change her life forever.
This book just screams read me, it's so enchanting, the synopsis is awesome I couldn't wait to read Forsaken. I read breezed through Forsaken in a day reading when I could find time because I wanted to know more about what's going to happen next in Anastasia's adventure. I really like Anastasia as a character I found her well developed my heart went out to her when I learned about her troubled past, and I was really happy when she found the school. I like that she's built strong relationships with her roommates, they bring a great aspect to the story supporting Anastasia. I really liked Finn's character he's Stasia's love interest in the book, he comes off as a bad guy who is so great for her. I really liked the concept for the story-line, I've read a lot of Greek Gods books but I've never read any mythical books where the characters are connected to water Gods/Goddess. I found the idea for the series a unique concept that is new and exciting. I really enjoyed Forsaken and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.
4 out of 5 Stars