Resthaven by Erik Therme
It's never easy being the strange kid in a strange town, but for Kaylee, it was downright awful. Caught in the middle of her parent's divorce, Kaylee wanted nothing more than to stay in her room and keep to herself. So, when Kaylee got invited to a sleepover by her only friend, her mother insisted that she go. When Kaylee arrived at the party, she met with Jamie, Wren, Sydney, and Anna. Anna was the one who'd invited her, but the other girls were practically strangers, and Kaylee had no idea what was in store for her. She soon found out when Jamie led her to a decrepit building a few feet away from the main house. They all gathered next to a sign that said "Resthaven" where Jamie announced that they were going on a scavenger hunt through the old retirement home. This plan quickly turned into a nightmare when Kaylee realized that Resthaven still harbored secrets... and some secrets are better left unsaid.
Where should I begin? This book was intense and emotional, and I couldn't put it down!
Kaylee is your typical depressed teenager, and her constantly conflicting emotions made her real and believable. Wren, Sydney, and Annie all brought something to the table, but they were mostly there as plot devices. Mr. Riley provided a very real threat, and Corbin was just the glue we needed to hold the story together.
And then there's Jamie. I don't know if I've ever hated a character as much as I hate her. She's rude, arrogant, bossy, and has an insufferable "better than thou" attitude. The most frustrating parts of the book were when Kaylee tries to stand up to Jamie, but it always fails because Jamie just doesn't care.
I've been in that situation before: you're trying to stand up for yourself and dish out a bit of needed revenge, but the other person doesn't even flinch because you are that far beneath her. It's frustrating as hell, and I want to give kudos to the author for making me hate a character with the passion of a thousand suns.
I don't have any complaints. The settings were well done, the action was real (and terrifying at times), and everyone was just...human. They made mistakes, fought amongst themselves, and found the courage to help others when it seemed impossible.
I'm happy to rate Resthaven a 5 out of 5, and I can't wait to see what Therme comes up with next!
About the Author:
When Erik Therme is not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his youngest daughter’s volleyball team or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He's thrashed in garage bands, met Darth Vader, and unintentionally harbored runaways. Resthaven is one of three titles thus far, and the other two are Mortom and Roam. To learn more about this author and his works, check out his Amazon Page, his Website, connect with him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter. To read Resthaven for yourself, check out the link below!
The author's photo came from his website.