Sunday, January 26, 2014

* REVIEW * - Emerge (Evolve #1) by S. E. Hall

Reviewer : Cheryl
Rating: 5 Stars

Emerge is a fun, loving, quirky, sweet romance about coming of age and simply emerging as an individual and the mould of familiarity.

Laney and Evan are the best of friends.  They have been inseparable since the age of 10 and have always had each other’s back.  Laney, finally at the age of 18, notices there are more to her feelings for Evan than just best friends. They enter in to a relationship and before they both know it graduation is upon them and they have to make tough decisions because real life has come knocking at their door.  They are going to separate colleges and temptation comes in many forms. 

Laney and Evan get tested throughout their first year of college experience.  Laney's temptation comes in the form of Michael 'Dane' Kendrick.  Just a heads up the book is in three POV's: Laney, Evan, and Dane's.  The story flows between the three and each POV picks up where the other left off.  Laney finds new friends in what is called "The Crew" at her college while Evan discovers and figures out what college peer pressure really entails.  
The supporting characters Bennett, Tate, Zach, and Sawyer are great!  They are a fun, loving bunch and such a pleasure to know.  Their chemistry as a group of friends is immediate and the best part of it is that they are loyal to each other.  Laney is confused about her feelings for Evan and even more so because she feels attracted to Dane.  Her rambunctious and crazy crew of friends help her in her indecision, but Zach more so than the others.  I could not put this book down because it is bittersweet and a great romance of self discovery, love, friendship, and fate.  I know it sounds corny, but the story is really good.  There are twists you never saw coming, but in a sense expect them.  Pick it up and you will not regret it.

Laney Walker is a quick witted, athletic, southern tomboy who lets few get too close, using her sarcastic zingers to deflect. She also has no idea how others view her, Evan having protected and coveted her since they were children. But college puts a gap between Laney and Evan that neither of them were prepared for- old relationships are tested, new ones are formed and nothing will ever be the same.

Especially when in walks one Dane Kendrick, not at all the familiar, southern charmer of home, but an animal all his own.

A story of growing up, friendship, loyalty, first love, primal love...and life.

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