Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Review: Into The Deep by: Samantha Young

Release Date: August 13, 2013
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 Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…"

My Thoughts:

What can I say about this book? I don’t really know where to begin? After On Dublin Street, I had very high expectations and those expectations were definitely met. Into The Deep is beautiful and heart wrenching and everything I want to find when I pick up a book. For those of you getting sick of the New Adult genre, I highly encourage you to pick this one up. It is like no other New Adult I have ever read. 

Charley is a great lead. She is tough and determined and despite the curve balls life throws at her, she manages to keep her cool. She doesn’t take crap from anyone. She is also incredibly witty and I adore that. She always had a comeback and I loved her banter. 

Jake was a character I couldn’t help but fall for. He is such a good guy and his situation hurt my heart. I refuse to say anything else on the topic of Jake since his story is a big plot development. But just know that I love him. The chemistry between Charley and Jake is palpable. It practically leaps off the pages and leaves you wondering how everything could have gone wrong. While I am mentioning characters, I need to take a second to talk about Jake’s girlfriend Melissa. She was boring and bland and I kind of hated her for that. I know that sounds wrong, but I couldn’t help it. 

As I mentioned before, this is not your typical New Adult. The plot does not follow the path that most others do. Sure, these two have a past and a lot of the book builds up to discovering what that past is, but I can guarantee you will never figure out what it was that caused those two to part. I loved guessing and I loved that I didn’t even come close to figuring it out. 

I also love the style in which this was written. It alternates between the present and the past, when Jake and Charley first met. This allowed the reader to get to know Jake outside the role of “Charley’s ex”. It lets you see who Charley fell in love with and it lets you fall in love with Jake too. It also makes you root for them whole heartedly.

All in all, Into The Deep is an incredible read. The attraction between Charley and Jake will leave you breathless. It is full of heartache and anger and misunderstandings, but it is also full of beauty and love and second chances. It is a book I highly encourage you to pick up.

11 comments:

  1. I've been very curious about Into the Deep, and wished I'd had time to review it. I'm glad it doesn't follow the obvious path, and I'm dying to know what broke Jake & Charley up. Great review, Teresa!

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  2. Oh I'm so happy that this one didn't disappoint. I enjoyed On Dublin Street so I guess I'll be reading this one too. Great review Teresa :)

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  3. Have never heard of this one before. glad you liked it so much :)

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  4. I'm waiting like crazy for this one! Your review now has me more excited for it! So glad you liked it!

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  5. Interesting. I do love a NA that is different. You know I love Samantha just like you so I have to check this one out soon. Great review!

    Vi
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  6. Sold! I love that you say it's not like other NA's because I am starting to get a bit worn out on them. I also loved that it kept you guessing. Great review Teresa! Definitely going to have to pick this one up!

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    1. Dont get me wrong, it does have some normal NA elements, but at the same time, it is different and the situation is different. Its not your typical broken girl saved by a schmexy player bad boy.

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  7. Oh, Wifey... this is going on the list immediately! I am so intrigued by the way you describe this book. I adored On Dublin Street, so I'm super excited to read more Samantha Young! Lovely review! xoxo

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    1. Wifey.... I have no doubts that you will love this one. Its just so so good and its our kind of book lol

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  8. I am soo happy to hear that this book brought something new to the NA genre! And I love figuring out the little mysteries thrown in NA books too, even though its not a typical mystery but still its fun to try and wrack your brain with. I love the sound of the characters, and I can't wait to read this! Glad you enjoyed this, Teresa! :D Puuurfect review!

    ~ Maida

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  9. I definitely want to check this one out since you said it isn't like any New Adult book out there! Would love something that is different! I also like the sound of the alternating writing style! Sounds awesome! Yup, I need to read this one :)

    GREAT REVIEW!!

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