Genre: YA Paranormal
Page Length: 336 Pages
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Source: ARC via publisher; thanks Macmillan!
Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.
But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….
Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?
It's been a while since I've read a paranormal book, and I hoped Save Me would be the book to bring me out of my paranormal slump. Filled with clichés, fair writing, and flat characters, Save Me didn't do that yet brought an entertaining read that I somewhat enjoyed.
This book has a bit of everything: witchcraft, angels, demons, whales (yes whales), forbidden romance, it's busy! I thought the author did a good job of weaving in these various elements in a way that wasn't too cluttered. The writing was fair, a bit choppy in places but overall not bad. The descriptive nature was present, varied sentences, descriptive words, the works! I thought for a debut this writing was quite good. This book is riddled with clichés which can be taken as either fun and entertaining or pesky and overused. I side with the former.
The characters were a bit flat to me. I sympathized for them, Cara in particular, yet I couldn't connect with them. I appreciated their uniqueness, they weren't stereotypical in the least, yet they didn't have much personality. Although this book appears to have a love triangle, it doesn't. I really liked David and Cara's romance, it was cute!
What I really was yearning for in this book was information. I wanted to know more about the demonic possessions, I wanted to learn more about the witchcraft. Filling in readers with more "Whys" and explanations could have really helped along this book and bring a more fleshed-out story. I wanted more time with those whales!! I thought they would be more crucial to the story. The whales were one of my favorite parts of the book after all...
I felt the ending was resolved a bit too quickly, some things are a bit unclear and rushed and just didn't make sense. The ending brings the story to a satisfying end though so there's that. Overall I enjoyed this book, yet saw quite a few flaws that were hard to overlook.