Date Published: August 6, 2013
The Blurb:Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.
Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?
When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.
On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.
The Darkest Part is the first book in the Living Heartwood Series by Trisha Wolfe. I was already a fan of Trisha Wolfe's after reading Of Silver and Beasts, so I went into this book with some pretty high expectations. It didn't let me down at all. The main characters are wonderfully built. I felt like I truly knew them as I read, and the more I read the more I found out. I started this book in the morning, and didn't put it down until I was done with it. (Thankfully, I didn't have to go to work that day, and was able to read it all in one sitting, because I may have gone crazy otherwise)
I love that I'm still wondering, even after the book is over: Was it really Tyler or was it all in her head? I really thought it was all in her head, until Tyler said something. One little thing has me questioning what I thought I knew. If you've read it, I'm curious to know what you think too.
Whether it be a psychosis or not, Sam was a completely believable character. I was drawn into her life. The author is gifted in that she can truly have you feeling all the things her characters feel. Holden was amazing. I liked him from the start, and the way he treated Sam through this whole thing when he was grieving himself was so selfless. I'm hooked on Trisha Wolfe's writing. I can't wait for more from this series and her other books as well!
The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe was provided to me by YA Bound for review. The opinions are my own.
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I’m the author of the YA Steampunk/Paranormal DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing) and the upcoming YA Sci-Fi / Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My published short stories have appeared in YA literary journals, Fantasy magazines, and anthologies. I’ve written five books in the past three years, and I’m currently working on a new YA Sci-Fi / Dark Fantasy project.
I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional blog for the Young Adult genre. Also a proud member of YALITCHAT.ORG, SCWW, and The Apocalypsies.
And I’m also a business owner, partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.
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