Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gardenia by Kelsey Sutton

by Kelsey Sutton

My rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Diversion Books (February 28, 2017)
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Genre: YA Paranormal
Print Length: 260 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
In this haunting young adult suspense from an award-winning author, seventeen-year-old Ivy Erickson knows the exact moment when she will die, but what she does with her remaining days could end up saving more than just her own life.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been able to see countdown clocks over everyone's heads indicating how long before they will die. She can't do anything about anyone else’s, nor can she do anything about her own, which will hit the zero hour before she even graduates high school.

A life cut short is tragic, but Ivy does her best to make the most of it. She struggles emotionally with her deep love for on-again, off-again boyfriend Myers Patripski. She struggles financially, working outside of school to help her mom and her sister. And she struggles to cope with the murder of her best friend, another life she couldn't save. Vanessa Donovan was murdered in the woods, and everyone in town believes Ivy had something to do with it.

Then more girls start disappearing. Ivy tries to put her own life in order as she pieces together the truth of who ended Vanessa's. To save lives, and for her own sanity.

The clock is always ticking. And Ivy's only hope is to expose the truth before it runs out completely.

 Gardenia by Kelsey Sutton

GardeniaLike a time bomb counting down the seconds to explosion, everyone has a finite amount of time to live. It is a mercy that we do not know when we will die, but Ivy doesn’t have the luxury of not knowing. Ivy sees the exact moment a person will die. It is in a counter that looms over them and only she can see them. Ivy even knows when her death will be and there is nothing she can do about it, but make sure those around her are prepared to go on without her, prepared to make the most of the time they have left.

Can you imagine knowing your best friend will die and not being able to stop it? What if, on that very day, only moments before, your shattered your friendship with her, betrayed the one boy you will always love and never got the chance to say I’m sorry? Vanessa is gone, killed in the woods and now Ivy is determined to find out who did it before she dies in less than two months, all without telling people what she sees and what she knows.

Kelsey Sutton’s GARDENIA is a young adult paranormal suspense tale with a “killer” ending. Ivy is mature far beyond her years, and for some reason no one knows about her “gift.” Ivy is in love, but she foolishly shattered her boyfriend with one drunken mistake. Now someone is out to warn her off from investigating who killed her best friend. Her list of suspects is long, she endures cruel and quite frankly illegal assaults on her person and I am disappointed that she never did more than take it. NO MATTER THE REASON she was attacked and abandoned to die. Not sure I could hold it together as she did knowing she wouldn’t even live long enough to graduate. Truly a tale with huge highs and a concept that is both intriguing and terrifying.

I received an ARC edition from Diversion Books in exchange for my honest review.

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