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TITLE: Downcast
AUTHOR: Cait Reynolds
PUBLISHER: Booktrope
SOURCE: Netgalley ARC

Goodreads Summary

What would you do when faced with an impossible truth? Written with heart and passion, Downcast by Cait Reynolds is ripe with twists you never saw coming and love that defies the odds in this intense new Paranormal Romance retelling one of mythology’s greatest love stories.

It’s the start of Stephanie Starr’s senior year of high school, but sadly, this is no life of the prom queen. Stuck at the bottom of the high school social totem pole, Stephanie is forced by her domineering mother to wear lumpy linen dresses and eat organic tofu for lunch in a world of mini-skirts and pizza. 

What Stephanie doesn’t anticipate is gorgeous and cocky Haley Smith who breaks social convention and pursues her with a determination that is both terrifying and flattering. Afraid that Haley is simply trying to set her up for massive humiliation, Stephanie does her best to push him away. But the more attention he pays to her, the more she runs, and the more everyone else begins to notice.

Instead of a loving family to support her as the mean girls make their play, Stephanie’s mother begins to unravel mentally, her possessiveness of Stephanie spiraling to new and frightening extremes. Stephanie is forced to grow up, find herself, and learn the truth about her past in order to save her mother, her friends, and her town. When the truth is revealed, nothing can prepare her for the outrageous reality of her existence…and nothing can save her from her fate.


I really can’t summarize this book because the synopsis says it all. But basically Stephanie has a MEGA overprotective mother and is bullied at school. So when Haley shows up, she can’t  understand why he pursues her! But she can’t help but feel like there’s something weird about him-sometimes he’s cocky and other times he looks at her with such a sadness and hunger that she can’t comprehend.

First off let me start off by saying that Haley and Stephanie probably have the best chemistry so far! It’s one of those books that you just absolutely LOVE and can’t put down! Haley-SWOON! Such an intriguing character, i just couldn’t figure him out which really contributed to this mystery thing he’s got going on! Oh and his melodious and entrancing voice-okay point is, i have a new book boyfriend.

Stephanie was sweet and spunky, i loved her determination and stubbornness to get out of her shell. I also really appreciated that the other characters were well developed. They were not flat and you could really see them as characters. Helen, Stephanie’s best friend is so hilarious and head strong. Zack, Haley’s brother is a total tease and i loved the romance between the two! I’m also 99,9% sure the next book will be about Helen and Zack so it was so cool to get a feel of their characters from now on! I’m really looking forward to seeing more of them!

Okay now for the story itself- again i repeat myself -I LOVED IT!! Okay so the synopsis doesn’t say what Greek myth is involved and when i was reading the book i really could not figure it out. I was racking my brain and i still couldn’t find  it-i won’t tell you what the myth is! But when it was revealed in the book, i wanted to slap myself. How could i not have guessed that? It’s one of my favorite myths! And then when you mull it over you see that the story fits PERFECTLY with the myth and the author creates it in such a way that when it’s revealed, you’re left in complete awe!

I have never read a book with such a unique twist on a myth. There was real essence behind each character that complimented the myth just perfectly! Gah just give me moreeeeee!!!!!!! NEW FAV!! It will definitely be in my sidebar slideshow!

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