Today I am sharing my thoughts about Undertow by Amber Lynn Natusch as part of the blog tour. I loved loved loved this book! Check out my review below as well as a giveaway!!!
When the day finally arrives for the Norwegian Queen to sail off into an uncertain future, Aesa can't help but fear the worst. Beyond the violent swells and impending storms, there is far more than death and danger awaiting her on her journey: love awaits her too.
Decker, a young but seasoned member of her father's crew, is a force of nature as strong as Aesa, He's her perfect match, and even she can't deny it. But he too is a man of the sea, and with memories of tragedy and abandonment etched so deeply into her mind, can she overcome her demons and let him in or will she drown in her darkness, forever caught in its undertow?
There are so many things that are right in this book. When you read contemporary books, YA, NA or adult, you think you have seen it all, read it all, every plot twist that has been done before. Each time you pick up a new book you truly don't know what you are getting. Undertow? I couldn't have been happier because what I picked up was pure gold. Lets go through all the awesomeness, shall we?
The setting: Set in Alaska with the focus on crab fishing, I was totally sucked in from the setting alone. It's like this setting just writes it self, the beauty and danger jumps out of you and feel like you standing at the edge of something that can take you to places you never thought. You feel as succumbed to the setting as Aesa, you feel the love and hatred Aesa has for her home. The side characters are all great and you can tell this is a family and the bonds they have are strong. If one experiences heartache, it affects them all. They protect and love each other.
"I think your cold runs deeper than that, Aesa."
In this book you see the relationships Aesa has with her father, a relationship she is trying to mend, and the one she has with the sea. Truly moving and emotion filled, both relationships. Aesa struggles with so much but still has the strength to go on, to move forward in fixing what was broken in the past. Along this journey she meets Decker. I am a sucker for the quiet, strong, and kind type. Decker, well he is a whole lot of man who a lot of admirable traits. You see Aesa fall for this man and you love it because you can't help but not.
“Disappointment and sadness don't have to be your life anymore. You can choose to have more,” he whispered, his head hanging just above me. “You can choose me...”
This book is also filled with action, heart stopping moments when you are asking yourself, what next? What happens?? There was a something that happens in the end of book, I won't give it away, that usually in books I just really don't like, but in this book? It worked, it made sense, I understood why she did it and I loved how Decker and her figured it out. Together. Aesa is one strong woman who has gone through her share of heartbreak but she still comes out strong and you can't help but wonder if the same sea that has caused this heartache isn't also the balm that soothes parts of her soul.
This is a book that is less about me telling you to read it but encouraging you to experience it. That is my best advice, just trust me and read it.
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