PJV Quickie: An amazing YA journey that features plenty of “flutters” for the reader. Lot’s of action and a smokin’ hot wolf/prince/hottie!

Title: Flutter
Author: Melissa Andrea
Genre: YA/Paranormal/Romance/Fantasy
Source: Author provided review copy
Published: Oct. 30th, 2012
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Goodreads Blurb: Sara

Sara’s life is forever changed –
Waking up, buried & hidden deeply in the last place anyone would want to be, will do that. She is determined to find out how she ended up there & why, but when the only person who can help her, continuously lies to her, she finds herself forced to suffer alone. She can’t ignore the strange things that begin to happen to her nor can she hide from the nightmares that haunt her sleep. And when her world collides with Adan – the mysterious boy whom she can’t seem to stay away from, literally – she is consumed by the familiar flutter that sparks whenever he is around and she is desperate to discover the reason why.
But the biggest discovery will come from the secret of what she is…

Adan

Adan’s mission to find Sara has finally approached –
It seemed simple: bring her back to the enchanted world that lives, breathes and survives because of her, but he quickly finds himself faced with an entirely new challenge. Immediately, Adan realizes that staying unknown to Sara is a task he will fail before even attempting. The pull to her is far too strong to refuse, and being with her will defy the very reason he existed. He was the key to her survival and loving her was not part of the plan that he had been born to follow. Can he find it in himself too resist the urge to be with her and follow through with their destiny or will he destroy everything that had been left to Sara to protect and defend –
And the kingdom she is unaware she rules…

Flutter

As Sara and Adan struggle to overcome their own separate battles –
There is a far more determined evil that is stalking the shadows and waiting to annihilate them both.
Sara will figure out that not everything is what it seems and knowing what she can and can not trust will be the key to finding out the truth to what happened to her, the reason why she had been buried alive and who she really is…

Sara and Adan will discover the hidden meaning to why she was the reason he existed and why he would be the reason she survived & together they will fight to change the rules and rewrite their fate.

Discover the Meaning,
Discover the Secret,
Discover
Flutter

The book opens with a young Sara, the Princess of her land, being taken from her parents as they prepare to be murdered. Instantly, the reader is set up to know that there is a bigger picture here. We know that we will be taken on a wild ride to discover what the heck is going on. We are given very little information about the how and why of her parents murder. Just that ‘they’ are after the Princess for her powers. Ohhh…I wanna know why!

By the next chapter our little Princess is all grown up and frozen in a body of water.  Her hottie/wolf/ Prince Adan is searching for her. Why? We don’t know yet. The author seamlessly takes us through her panic and claustrophobia with just enough panic and dark humor to let me know that Sara is a girl I can love. Honestly, I was laughing out loud at some of Sara’s inner monologue with “Other Sara”.

Sara obviously escapes her ice prison (wouldn’t be much of a book if she didn’t ehh?). We follow her and her watcher/uncle Andres through the woods. They encounter a  series of  amnesia induced (caused by being frozen) mishaps. Don’t worry the wolf/prince saves her!  As you can tell by the slashes littered throughout my character description, each character has more than one face that they take off and put on as needed. Other than Sara, who has no she is a Princess. And no this is not a product of her amnesia. Her watcher has kept this info from her all her life.

The characters are the right amount of complex.  Not too complex that the story gets bogged down by trying to figure out which face they are going to wear from moment to moment. Just complex enough to keep the reader engaged. Each character, main and minor alike, is all given a sense of humor and every one seems to have an actual place in the story. No random filler characters here.

The author’s voice is the strongest when she is writing the scenes between Adan and Sara. The chemistry between the two literally jumps off the page. It’s hard not to get drawn in and fall in love with Adan. The bad boy/good guy. He could be all alpha hotness (hello, wolf) but he’s not over kill. He has that uber cool, sexy, sarcastic, hot, dangerous vibe without feeling threatening to the heroine. Awesome stuff, considering this is very firmly a young adult book. The kissing scenes are intense but the author stays on the YA side of the line.  While the future books may, and very obviously can, venture into “new adult” Flutter is safe for younger readers.

The ending was great. It was just enough of cliff hanger to make me want more but not so much so that I was unhappy and mad that the author left me hanging like that. Nevermind…she left me hanging like that. BOOK 2 where are yoooouuuuuu?

My only real criticism is that there is a lull in the book. It’s very short. It was a chapter where I thought (much like Sara) “ahh am I ever going to figure out what  is happening her.” Alas, it’s a series I will have to wait for some of my answers….

As a reviewer, I  review on content alone. Spelling, editing and formatting errors never effect my overall rating score. I do this for both indie and traditionally published books. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that my copy had editing errors in it.  Well the first half. I downloaded the older version…there is a newer updated version that is a lot cleaner (which the author sent to me! Thanks!). It was nothing so serious that it took away from this ROCKING story. Mostly it was consistency errors, which we all know are easy to make. An example: the author switches back from using “My Wolf” to “my wolf” throughout.

This book has saturated my facebook profile. My personal and blog pages have been Flutter’d since the end of August. Look at that cover how could I not beg her to give me a copy (which I did)? I was impressed that it held up the hype. It is every bit as good as the cover suggests. This is another case of I WANT the second book NOW!

Oh yeah, Melissa Andrea is giving away an ecopy of the book. Use the rafflecopter to win it. Good Luck!!
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