“Aria Darwin has always considered herself cursed. She is obsessed with finding a cure for the bad boyfriend plague. Worse yet, she’s in denial about her weird abilities and terrified of her mysterious stalker who causes the earth to quake violently with the snap of his finger.
With her two best friends, Aria enters her first semester of college armed with a “no more men” pact in an effort to demagnetize the sleaze balls. Unfortunately, the agreement proves difficult when she meets Liam, a charming foreign exchange student, on the first day of school.
Aria quickly discovers that Liam is not only Mr. Perfect, but he also somehow ignites her supernatural side. Upon the invitation of her dream guy, Aria travels to Ireland through the study abroad program, dragging her friends along with her. But her world of euphoric bliss quickly comes crashing down as she uncovers the truth about her past, revealing who she really is and what she was born to do.” -synopsis from Goodreads.com
Have you guys ever played a wack-a-mole game? For those of you who are unfamiliar, a wack-mole-game consists of a player using some sort of mallet to smash whatever critters are randomly popping out of the holes. While fun and stress-relieving to play, I can only imagine what it feels like to be a “mole” in the game. It probably feels a lot like reading Unearth. There are countless instances where the reader is constantly smashed by copious amounts of description and adjectives. Everyone likes descriptive writing, but instead of gently provoking mental pictures, Jenna Bernel muddies her sentences with too many adjectives at once.
Excessive adjectives and slight headache aside, I was quite please with the story line. Aria tends to be naive to the point of frustration, but she exhibits an admirable strength of character. I blame her terrible luck with boys on lack of common sense. Liam, or Mr. Perfect, gave me the creeps from day one (and for perfectly good reasons that you discover later on). Stalker-guy didn’t freak me out too much (probably because I wasn’t the one being stalked), but then again, my mom always gets onto me because I would’ve gone with the stalker-like Phantom instead of Raul (if you get this reference, I love you). While discovering more about who and what she is, Aria finds herself in the center a dynamic war between the Fae and the evil Famorii. As if the Fae weren’t enough, throw in war and you’ve got me hooked.
Unearth is great for a quick and FREE summer read! As long as you can make it through the periodic mounds of adjectives, it is both fun and entertaining! I will be reading and reviewing the other two books in the series soon! I’d love to hear your thoughts on The Secret Trinity books!
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