Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Days Lost

5-Star Review:

Let me start by saying that I absolutely loved The Days Lost and for so many reasons! But I do have a confession... what drew me to the book in the first place was the author's bio and the fact that she lives in Greenville, SC.  No, I do not live in Greenville, but I love it there.  It's a silly reason to read a book, I know, but hey... this was so worth it!

Ellie is a regular girl, dealing with the loss of her mother in the few months leading up to her starting college.  She is intelligent, stubborn, and wounded. What gets her through day-to-day is running.  On one of her daily runs, she seems to step back in time... a long way back.  This time element made the sci-fi fan in me leap for joy, even though this is far from a science fiction book.

The relationship between Ellie and Sam is great! You have the natural initial awkwardness.  Because let's face it, any time you meet someone who is stuck 150 years in the past, the communication is going to be awkward.  Their exchanges and discussions on common colloquialisms are absolutely hilarious and bring a level of levity to stressful stretches of time in the plot. 

There is also a good deal of action and adventure to the story. Ellie and Sam together embark on a journey to find people from Sam's past who might hold the answers to what has happened with time and other family members and friends. There were times that I was biting my nails, unable to put the book down until I found out what was going to happen next.

You know that a book is really good when you get to the end, whimper, and hit the page back and forward buttons a few times hoping to find a few more pages or chapters hidden away. I didn't want the story to end, but loved the ending none the less.

Author: Shannon McCrimmon
Release date: December 10, 2013
Age Group: YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Action & Adventure

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Book Description:
On the heels of her high school graduation, Ellie Morales is spending her summer vacation in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her dad and brother, Jonah. Having lost their mother only months earlier, all of them are trying to cope with the loss in their own way.

Part routine, part escape, running is Ellie's way of dealing with her grief. Shortly after sunrise each morning, Ellie and her dog, Bosco, set out for a lengthy run on the path that passes by her house and leads deep into the woods of the Blue Ridge Mountains. One fateful morning, Ellie is lead off of the trail and discovers a secret that will change her life, as well as the lives of the family she meets, forever. One member of this mysterious family is Sam Gantry, who seems unlike any guy she's ever known.

This meeting sparks a series of events, causing Ellie to question everything she's ever known and believed. The more she learns about Sam and his family, the more she wants to help him find the missing puzzle pieces.

About the Author:

I'm a Florida native who currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina with my husband and toy poodle. When I'm not writing, I can be found drinking Earl Grey tea with honey and cream, singing ineptly and butchering the lyrics to my favorite songs, and asking my friends ridiculous, hypothetical scenario-based questions. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for participating in the tour. I'm so glad you loved the book!