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Save Me by Jenny Elliott

Save Me

by Jenny Elliott

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This was a quick read for me, and I actually put down another book to finish Save Me. The story played like a movie in my head, due in part to the author's cinematic style. I read some of the witchcraft scenes late at night and I'll admit to throwing a few nervous glances around the room. I liked how Cara was so determined to save her friend Rachel and David, her love interest. I liked Garren's devotion as well. Solid debut novel by Jenny Elliott and I look forward to reading more of her work. ( )
  jend27 | Nov 12, 2016 |
There were some great parts, but overall I felt that the book was just meh... The plot seemed far fetched and the writing was a tad slow. For me the flow of the words had a stutter feel that made me go back and re-read to figure out what the Author meant. So add all of that to my disinterest in the story and you get what they call an unimpressed reader...

I really enjoyed the student/teacher romance and I love the cover (I mean who wouldn't?), but the demon possession and killer whale attacks were a tad odd. I felt like there was so much going on that I was pushed and pulled in a million directions. I think if the Author would have focused on one or the other I may have been interested... unfortunately I just never felt connected enough to care.

I think readers will enjoy it, but it's going to take a non picky person to say they love it. ( )
  ReadersCandyb | Oct 7, 2016 |
I have to start by saying it honestly pains me to give a first-time author such a low rating, but there's just no way around it with this one.

First off, this book is billed as a paranormal romance, but it isn't. It's a Christian romance. I kept re-reading the description on the back of the book as I went along because I just couldn't believe that the author got away with giving zero hints about the actual nature of the book. Yes, it contains a witch and she does spells - and the solution is prayer and going to church more frequently!

There is nothing wrong with Christian fiction, and you can certainly have a great novel in that genre, but it isn't going to help the author or any potential readers to market a Christian fiction book as paranormal romance.

Aside from that truly baffling decision, almost every character is a flat, two-dimensional plot device, and the writing itself drove me crazy with how unpolished it was. "Save Me" reads like a very rough draft written by a 13-year-old who is parroting her pastor's sermons. ( )
  CaptainAllison | Sep 29, 2015 |
A surprising debut filled with a quick paced love story that seems bewitched from the very beginning. A great twist to the paranormal stories that we've come to enjoy; anticipating grand schemes and gestures.

Cara's love for the local whales sends her overboard, and into the arms of David, her rescuer. Their is an instant connection between the two. Determined not to let her bad luck get the best of her, Cara agrees to going out with David... David is handsome, with a lopsided grin. He says all the right things. And the connection she felt with him is still there. This warm bond that encircles them, it's not something that she felt just because of her near-death experience. Cara is beyond excited to finally find someone to be with.
And then she meets Garren.
Garren is stunningly beautiful to look at. He is charming and caring. There is something magnetic about him. Even so, Cara is not attracted to him in that way. They're just friends. And Garren is more than happy to oblige.
Things happen - Cara's best friend Rachel is no longer the sweet, loud, caring girl she used to be. She is always with her boyfriend, as though she has been put in a trance and can't snap out of it.
Also, someone has been following and threatening Cara.
Everything unfolds quickly - we know the who's and what's. It's just a matter of when and where everything will fall into place.
Will Cara and David make it through?

However, as much as I enjoyed SAVE ME, there are a few things that I wish this story would have had:
First, I wish that the story flowed better. It felt choppy at times, like the characters weren't in sync with each other... there wasn't enough details from me, and I craved to know more about everyone. However, the setting was brilliantly done. I could smell the beach waves, the acrid smell of sulfur in the house and feel the whales skin under my own fingers. But it wasn't enough to get me to fully connect to the characters and fully invest myself into caring about what happened to any of them.
Next, the insta-love was too casual for me. I kept waiting for them to build a deeper and more meaningful connection, but it continually stayed on "a warm tether" that connected them together whenever they were near each other. And it was the same sort of binding that was felt when they touched too.
And lastly, the book felt too low-keyed for me. When dealing with so many paranormal facets - witches, demons, angels - I was expecting more than spells and stalking. I do love how the author was able to tie it all together, the storyline was really well done, I just wanted more! At least a 100 pages more. In which I would hope that we would have found out how the whales angst tied in with the story...

This is definitely a book for those of us who are looking for a quick read; those of us that love contemporary stories with a good paranormal twist. ( )
1 vote thebumblegirl | Jan 18, 2015 |
SAVE ME was an interesting debut novel that combined romance with the supernatural. Cara meets David when they are on a whale sighting cruise. She is swept overboard and he rescues her. They have an immediate connection - complete with tingling. They go on a date and find that they are compatible.

However, once school starts, high school senior Cara is dismayed to find the David is a student teacher at her school. They both try to do the responsible thing and stay away from each other but they still long for each other.

That isn't Cara's only problem this school year. Her best friend Rachel has taken up with a new boy, gone Goth, and dropped her friendship with Cara. And Amber has come back to town. She is jealous of Cara because Amber's boyfriend dumped her to take up with Cara. Cara was, in turn, dumped by him when she refused to be intimate with him. Amber never got over the fact that he left her for Cara. She has turned to witchcraft to get her revenge.

Also new in town this year is a mysterious boy named Garren who becomes Cara's friend and protector despite the fact that neither has any romantic interest in the other. Add in a mother who is throwing up all sorts of obstacles to thwart Cara's relationship with her "older man" and you have an angst-filled story.

I liked Cara despite a couple of TSTL (too stupid to live) moments. The story was a bit too much tell and not enough show and not very polished but it was still engaging. I can see teen readers swooning over the relationship between Cara and David and shivering with fear as Amber tries to break them up. ( )
  kmartin802 | Dec 6, 2014 |
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