Friday, July 12, 2013

Death of a Waterfall by Kara Leigh Miller: Reviewed by Nikki

Death of a Waterfall
Hayden Falls Sage #1
Kara Leigh Miller
Released June 10th, 2013
Rogue Phoenix Press
Reviewed by: Nikki

Death of a Waterfall is a new book by up and coming author, Kara Leigh Miller. I must tell you that I am already a fan of Kara’s and was not disappointed in her latest work.

Teghan Jacobs didn’t think anything could be worse than learning she’s pregnant by a man she’s been dating less than six months. Boy was she wrong. Her mother, whose drowning in the river of denial, refuses to take a side on the issue. Her overbearing, manipulative father threatens to disown her and cut her off from her trust fund if she doesn’t have an abortion.

Donnie Marks couldn’t be happier. The woman he loves, the woman he fought so hard to be with, is going to have his baby. Life has never been better. But when she shows up in his dorm, sobbing and heartbroken, he learns the horrible truth of what happened. He vows to get revenge on the man who's responsible: Teghan's father.

I can’t say enough about this amazing coming of age story. It is about a girl who spent most of her perfect life pleasing people and the fall of what happens when she starts to live her own life. There is everything in this story, family loyalty, love, loss, tragedy, friendship and a bit of intrigue.

Teghan is a strong female lead. She is a spoiled little brat. Kara does an excellent job making her relatable and likeable at the same time. She has flaws like any girl her age, but her biggest flaw is she wants to please everyone.

Dysfunction does not even touch on a description of her family. She has an older sister who seems to be missing a lot. I did wish she had been more present in the storyline. She has an older brother Trevor, who is a typical college boy. Her mother Rachel is physically there, but no emotional support to Teghan, whatsoever. Jim is her father and makes an excellent villain. Other than that, I am going to follow the rule my grandmother taught me. “If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all”.

Donnie is the male lead. Donnie is a guy from the “other side of the tracks” and he and Teghan have an instant connection. He has many endearing qualities, but he loses my love eventually. We don’t know much about Donnie and that is the best part. There is much more to come about him.

The gang of friends that Teghan hangs out with is a likeable bunch. Annabel her best friend, could have showed more support. It was implied but I would have liked to see more from a friendship like that. There are a few in the group I would love to see expanded on in the nest book (There had better another.)

 There is a romance, but I have to say it has moments where it is dark. Meaning the subject matter is dark. It all adds to the story and it would not be the same without it but, dark still the same.

 I did not know there was a genre known as New Adult. This is my first title in it. I look forward to more in this and by this author.


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