REVIEW: Undertow ★★☆☆☆

22924235Seventeen-year-old Eila Walker’s new home has defied the brutal Atlantic for over 160 years. Abandoned since her 4th great grandmother Elizabeth vanished, the town legend declared that she drowned.

Unbeknownst to the town and Eila however, is that someone does know what really happened to Elizabeth and he has returned to the Cape, determined to protect the last surviving Walker from a history of violence. A soulless killer himself, Raef will attempt to keep Eila, safe from his own kind who murdered her grandmother so long ago.

But what starts out as a quest for redemption evolves into something more and soon Raef is forced to reveal the truth to Eila.

My official verdict on Undertow is: Meh.

We open with the instant friendship formula followed shortly by “Oh, gee, who is that mysterious stranger?”

That mysterious stranger who is not really mysterious at all. Maybe I would feel differently if there weren’t the prologue in the beginning. To be honest, I was more intrigued by the prologue than I was by chapter one, and I wish I had read Elizabeth’s story and not Eila’s.

Eila was just too… boring? Is that the right word? She wasn’t above or below her age range but if I were a teen I wouldn’t be friends with her. I’d probably wave at her because I knew her from class, but as for hanging outside of school? Nah.

I stopped reading halfway through. Which I hate doing but I simply wasn’t enjoying it enough.

I will say that I enjoyed the premise. Hence the second star in my rating. I’m a sucker for a good ancient family mystery drama, but I just don’t feel like Conway took me along the right path in Undertow.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.