ARC REVIEW: Awakening Foster Kelly – by Cara Rosalie Olsen

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Title: Awakening Foster Kelly
Author: Cara Rosalie Olsen
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: June 22nd 2013
Finished reading: September 5th 2014
Pages: 672
Rating 3,5

“To me the stories were magic. When I was in their world it felt right. I felt right. Leaving was often very difficult, and I would cry. The moment school, meal or bath finished, there was only one place I wanted to be: the place that wanted me too.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly given to me by the author through Ethereal Book Reviews in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
(Guest Reviewer Program) ***

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Before I start this review, I want you to keep in mind that I’m not a big fan of the romance genre, and this might have influenced my opinion of Awakening Foster Kelly in a negative way. Because I have to admit that this novel is definitely beautifully written. Awakening Foster Kelly is not an easy read and for some the prose might be a bit dense, but in general I truly enjoyed the extensive descriptions Cara Rosalie Olsen used to describe the life of Foster Kelly. The quote at the beginning of this post could have been written to describe my own feelings when I was a teenager. Foster in general has a lot of similarities to my teenage self, and I guess that explains why I could understand her character so well. A few things felt a bit ‘off’ and not so credible, but Olsen manages to explain those anomalies at the end of her story. In fact, Olsen dropped a big twist bomb at the end of her book and I was pleasantly surprised with how things turned out to be (although part of it was a bit too cheesy for my taste).

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Seventeen year old Foster Kelly doesn’t have an easy life. Not only has she unruly hair and a tendency to be very clumsy, she also has no self esteem and believes she doesn’t belong anywhere. She has two friends, the twins Jake and Emily, who help her survive the worse part of the bullies… Although even Jake and Emily don’t know a lot about the ‘real’ Foster; she prefers the life of a wallflower and above all a life full of half-truths. Things take a turn for worse when she bumps into a new guy named Dominic. He treats her horribly that day (I wanted to slap him in the face SO bad at this point), and afterwards just disappears… But their ways cross again when Foster manages to hit his car.

The attitude of Dominic has changed completely since the last time they met. He tries to apologize for his behavior even though he doesn’t want to explain yet why he acted the way he did that day. Foster accepts the apology being the sensitive and kind-hearted girl she is, and Dominic now constantly tries to protect her from harm. Emily is not convinced though with this unexplainable change, but tolerates Dominic for Foster’s sake. (I still didn’t like Dominic at this point.) Slowly, a friendship is starting to grow between Foster and Dominic. Foster actually is starting to be more confident about herself and her incredible singing thanks to Dominic, although she still cannot believe a guy like him is interested in being around her… But Dominic doesn’t leave her side, and soon his intentions become clear. He has a secret though; something about his past that he thinks will change everything. And things change indeed when the truth finally comes out…

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Some parts of Awakening Foster Kelly didn’t work for me, but in general it was a pleasant read. I would definitely recommend this novel to those who enjoy the romance genre and appreciate beautiful prose.

WWW Wednesdays #9 – September 3rd

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

awakeningharrypotterandthephilosophersstoneI still have to finish Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen… I didn’t have a lot of reading time last week, but I hope to finish this one before the weekend. I’m rereading Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling first though along with the The Not A Book Club Club at Goodreads. (I’m planning to reread the whole HP series this way.)

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

discoveringdanielI finished Discovering Daniel by Nadine Christian, my very first ARC, a while ago and have already posted my full review… In short it’s an interesting story involving a less mentioned mythical creature: mermaids. A fantasy story mixed with romance and some suspense as well, and a great story for those who want a break from all those vampires, witches and wizards. 😉

 

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

cuckooshearttalesI’m going to read Heart Tales by Celine Garcia first; three short stories and an ARC provided through the Guest Reviewer Program by Ethereal Book Reviews… And since I will probably finish them quickly, I will read The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith right after that.

Teaser Tuesdays #9 – August 26th: Awakening Foster Kelly

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

The book I’m currently reading is Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen, one of my very first ARC’s I recieved from Ethereal Book Reviews in exchange for my honest review. I haven’t read enough yet to form a proper opinion about this book, but I’m very excited about finally entering the world of ARC. 😀

awakening“Franky, I didn’t know whether to be relieved, stunned, or terrified. What was I to make of Dominic’s examination? It wasn’t possible for him to have known I was thinking of him just now. ”

 

 

What are you reading right now?