Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review: The Lost Boys

The Lost BoysThe Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

OK, I admit stalling with this book. It's long and the reference to the Twilight books in the description does nothing for me. Luckily, we had a snow day here, so I figured this was the ideal time to pick this one up and push through. This was a heart breaking and wonderful YA (ish... there's sex) paranormal romance. I cried. This book made me cry, and that's a rarity. It was worth it, though -- all the emotional turmoil made the romance that much sweeter in the end.

Joe is a girl who has just moved to a new town, which is just about how all YA stories start nowadays. She's out helping a neighbor when she meets a hottie in the cemetery named Tristan. They hit it off immediately and hang out in the cemetery every day during winter break. When Joe starts getting ready to head off to boarding school, things take a drastic turn. I don't really want to spoil all the twists and turns in this book, but suffice it to say, Joe and Tristan are linked together in an unbreakable type of way.

No vampires, no werewolves, just your average witchy magic is the type of paranormal in this story. It was kind of refreshing to have a story that was based more on the relationships between the main characters and their friends ("The Lost Boys", their band), than the paranormal elements in their lives. There's catty high school drama, jealousy, relationship issues, and the inevitable misunderstandings, but the characters are what made this book stand out from the rest.

Joe and Tristan's romance and relationship was painful and beautiful from start to finish. There was a good dose of YA adorable-ness mixed with some grown up sexy times. There's drinking, partying, and other stuff that high schoolers probably shouldn't do, but made this book a little more "real" than the fade to black types.

If you want a book that will make you laugh, cry, and sigh aloud during first kisses, pick this book up for a good, solid read.

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