Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice.
Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet is determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.
Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. But as she tries to piece together her history, Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her.
Wow, it is so hard to talk about this book without giving anything away. Anew starts as a blank slate for Scarlet. She wakes to find herself alone in a forest with almost total amnesia. All she knows about herself is her name and that she is fifteen years old. From there, it is almost best to let the reader discover the mysteries of her past as she learns them, so I won’t say much more about other than it has something to do with an American legend. Can you guess what it is? No? Then read this book!
Last month, I read and reviewed Chelsea Fine’s book Sophie and Carter. Fine’s ability to create strong, interesting characters truly impressed me. Anew proves that the success of Sophie and Carter was not a fluke. This author knows how to craft characters to a T. Scarlet is a girl who could have gone all emo about her situation, but instead, has chosen to make the most out of her strange circumstance. Her best friend Heather is hilarious, and provides an excellent contrast to Scarlet’s character. It is easy to see why they are so close.
And as for the boys....? I think I may be in literary love again. Unfortunately, I don’t know who I love more, Tristan or Gabriel. Both brothers are smoking hot, but so is every guy in a YA novel. I think what I liked best is the contrast between these brothers. Gabriel is fun and loving and laid back. Tristan is the brooder, but not without some serious reasons behind his angst. There is a love triangle in the book, but it’s not your typical situation. I think reader will find it a refreshing twist. I don't see how this can end well when I want both guys to win.
Anew is a fabulous start to a fun new paranormal series. Cliffhanger endings drive me insane, and this book is no different. I’ll be hopping up and down with anticipation until the next book in the series, Awry, comes out.
Overall, I give Anew...
Plot - 5 bookmarks
Character development - 5 bookmarks
Setting - 5 bookmarks (the Kissing Festival was a fun way to introduce the town of Avalon)
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Skyler Samuels (Scarlet), Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Gabriel/Tristin), Alexandria Deberry (Heather), Olivia Wilde (Lauren)