Review: Suppressed (Suppressed, #1)
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author.
There are strange things out there. Things I thought only existed in fairy tales. My name is Kailani Ericson and my life pretty much sucks. My mother is an indentured servant in this lonely house, serving a hateful old woman who gets her kicks by terrorizing me. One of my few comforts is the sea in my backyard. Diving into its frigid depths is the one thing that makes me truly happy. Then he shows up, and my entire world shifts. Bryce Howell is gorgeous, every girl’s fantasy. He’s also arrogant, insolent, and strictly forbidden. But he’s not normal. He’s something different. Something magical. Our attraction to each other just may be my downfall. As it turns out, I’m not normal either. I am the stuff of myths and legends. Suddenly, my love of the sea and its pull on me make a lot more sense. They say legends never die, and I hope that’s true. There are those who want me dead, and if I can’t put a halt to my seemingly inevitable transformation, there will be nothing I can do to stop them. I love the sea, but ultimately, it might just be what kills me.
My rating: 4 stars
I enjoyed this book! I was sucked in right away and had to force myself to put it down when I knew I needed to do some other things. As soon as I got time again, I picked it back up and finished it in one sitting. This book was intriguing from the beginning with Kailani imagining telling her employer off and hitting her before her mother interrupted. We learn that she works a maid along with her mother in an old woman's house. The old woman--Ms. Caroline--is unbearable and never misses an opportunity to treat Kailani and her mother badly and humiliate them. I did not like her right off and felt bad for Kai and her situation. As interesting as that was with Ms. Caroline, the book gets even more interesting when Kai gets to school and meets Bryce for the first time. He was unapologetically staring at her butt which only makes the red-head blush and take a disliking to him. From the moment they meet, Bryce and Kai's interactions cracked me up and they were so cute together. There is an instant chemistry between the two of them that sizzles off the pages.
I thought the characters were well developed and well written. I liked Kai and how rebellious she was. She never understood why her mother took Ms. Caroline's abuse and didn't just go get another job. She did not understand why her mother went along with whatever the old woman demanded. When Ms. Caroline forbids Kai from seeing Bryce, this really infuriates the teen. She doesn't get why her mother won't stick up for her and do something about it. Kai was cute in her naivety and innocence when it came to boys. I loved how awkward and cautions she was with Bryce. She'd never had a boyfriend before or even really liked anyone so her acting that way was authentic and true to her character. Bryce comes off as a arrogant prick at first but for some reason I saw right through that act and it just amused me how flustered and irritated he made Kai. I loved his devotion to her and how he was once he admitted his secrets and feelings for her. Ana was the best friend Kai could ask for. She took any unbelieving news from Kai with minimal skepticism and just wanted to help. I wish I could have saw more of Merryn, Kai's mother but I hope she'll show up more in the next book.
I cannot wait to see what's next in Resurfaced! Suppressed ended on a cliffhanger and had me opening the next book on my Kindle and reading the first couple chapters. I can't wait to see how Bryce and Kai figure everything out. Be sure to check out Suppressed on Amazon!