Reviewed by Author Holly Newhouse for Eternal Book
What would you do when faced with an impossible
truth? Written with heart and passion, Downcast by Cait Reynolds is ripe with
twists you never saw coming and love that defies the odds in this intense new
Paranormal Romance retelling one of mythology’s greatest love stories.
It’s the start of Stephanie Starr’s senior year of high school, but sadly, this
is no life of the prom queen. Stuck at the bottom of the high school social
totem pole, Stephanie is forced by her domineering mother to wear lumpy linen
dresses and eat organic tofu for lunch in a world of mini-skirts and pizza.
What Stephanie doesn’t anticipate is gorgeous and cocky Haley Smith who breaks
social convention and pursues her with a determination that is both terrifying
and flattering. Afraid that Haley is simply trying to set her up for massive
humiliation, Stephanie does her best to push him away. But the more attention
he pays to her, the more she runs, and the more everyone else begins to notice.
Instead of a loving family to support her as the mean girls make their play,
Stephanie’s mother begins to unravel mentally, her possessiveness of Stephanie
spiraling to new and frightening extremes. Stephanie is forced to grow up, find
herself, and learn the truth about her past in order to save her mother, her
friends, and her town. When the truth is revealed, nothing can prepare her for
the outrageous reality of her existence…and nothing can save her from her fate.Except
This book had me completely hooked from
page one! It took me on a suspenseful, emotional, on the edge of my seat,
roller coaster ride until the very end and still left me wanting more, more,
more! I am praying and hoping there will be a book two coming out! I am going
to be ever so patiently biting my nails as I wait until this absolutely amazing
and brilliant author writes more books for me to read with my beloved
characters: Stephanie, Haley, Zack, Helen and Morris. I want to visit
Darbyfield High School just to see these amazing and complex characters in
action! I may be a middle-aged woman, but I am in love with Haley and the
others and never guessed there was more than met the eye until the very end.
Author Cait Reynolds is one of my new
favorite authors! She has a gift for writing that is out of this world! The
storyline is complex and engaging. The plot is well developed, only giving this
reviewer just enough details to make me wonder, become frustrated with the
wanting to know more and finally, determined to read a bit more, and more, and
more. Then, when I think I have it all figured out, I find out I really don't!
The many twists and turns I never saw coming and kept me with my hands gripping
the edge of my seat and constantly guessing.
is easy for this reviewer to tell that Author Cait Reynolds put a tremendous
amount of hard work and dedication into the creation and crafting of this truly
majestic story! The character development, for example, proceeds at just the
right pace. The scenes and settings are given the perfect amount of description
and still highly engage the reader's imagination and at the same time, is not
too much as to be telling instead of showing. Author Cait Reynolds manages this
fine line for authors flawlessly and I highly commend her for it. the dialogue
is refreshing, engaging, and very realistic. This author also brilliantly
writes the story in the first person point of view which is a true
accomplishment as not many can write this way and have it turn out as wonderful
as Author Reynolds has.
Overall, Author Reynolds has created a
suspenseful, suck-you-right-in and hold-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of
story that every reader delights in that is as profound as it is entertaining.
Once you begin reading, be prepared for this story to haunt your waking
thoughts as well as your nightly dreams as it calls you right back to it until
you have read it in it's entirely. I can speak from experience as I thought I
could get away with reading a few chapters a night and cherish such a great
story. I was wrong and ended up only getting to the middle before I had to
finish reading the second half straight through, unable to put it down for a
This is a truly magnificent blend of
realism, paranormal, mythology, romance and laughter-provoking. Author Cait
Reynolds, I applaud your amazing writing ability! You are a true master at
weaving a breathtaking story. If I had to have one downside or complaint, it is
that this book has not been made into a fantastic movie yet! Thank you deeply
to this author for her truly beautiful abilities that she has shared with the
world! This book deserves a rating of twenty plus stars, not a mere five!
of Material Connection****** I received a free copy of this book from the
author, Cait Reynolds. I was not required to provide a positive review. The
opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with
the Federal Trade Commission's 16CFR, Part 255.