Today, we have Save Me by Jenny Elliott, which I reviewed last January 4, 2015. I was lucky enough to be part of the official blog tour of Save Me, thanks to the awesome people at Swoon Reads and Macmillan Teen!
Let’s travel back to January 4, 2015 …here’s what I posted:
Publication Date: January 6, 2015 by Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
[Special thanks to Swoon Reads for the review copy!]
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?
I live-tweeted my Save Me reading experience using #SaveMe. Some of my tweets include:
To be honest, I had a hard time writing this review because I haven’t been writing reviews for almost three months. I can’t believe my hiatus took over everything–and I’m still busy catching up on the things that I wasn’t able to do. It’s sad, and I hope for it to never happen again.
With the cover, title, tagline, and summary, I thought Save Me was a story about angels fighting demons and humans getting involved in the fight. But Save Me turned out to be more than what I thought it would be.
Re: The Title Change
If you’re a Swoon Reads member when Save Me was still a manuscript posted on the site, then you know that Save Me is not the original title of Save Me.
Save Me is originally titled The Real Danger.
I agree with the title change. There was a lot of saving in the book. Humans were not the only ones involved in the saving, and that factor strengthened the plot.
I thought there’ll be a case of insta-love. But what is insta-love, really? (A post on that soon!)
What I saw in Save Me is a case of insta-crush, which is absolutely normal. I actually find it very cute.
Spotlight on David and Garren ❤
I don’t want to spoil anything–and it’s so hard not to spoil anything! David and Garren are totally swoonworthy guys.
I like how mysterious Garren is. There were times when he seemed weird, but that’s just because of his secret. And when he revealed what he is and who he is in Cara’s life, blood rushed to my head–because SWOOOOOON! ❤
And David? Oh, David. He’s a guy of good moral character, and I love that. ❤
Whenever those two guys speak, my heart beats a little faster. They’re my first two book boyfriends for 2015. Two book boyfriends in one book is a great start!
Teasers…(Because spoilers suck and teasers are fab!)
Heartbreaking scenes do not only involve humans.
A scene in Save Me reminded me of a scene in Eclipse. Clue: It’s between David and Cara.
More than one guy loved Cara.
Save Me reminded me of Ann Aguirre’s Mortal Danger in some ways.
A sequel? Yes, please.
Who wants more David and Garren? *raises hand*
Save Me held my heart until the last page. It made me go jelly for swoony scenes, it stopped my heart on the climatic parts, and it left me wanting to know more about whales. 😉
Initial Rating: 4.875
Bonuses: 0. 75
Mileventwelve’s Bookish Song for Save Me:
You’ll Be Safe Here by Rivermaya
“Put you heart in my hands…you’ll be safe here…”
Jenny also had a Save Me playlist, but sadly, I can’t sing any of those songs (sorry!) so I’ll just post them here:
- The Finest Line by Mike Sempert
- American Greaser by Whisky Trench Riders
- Can’t Stop Loving You by Van Halen
- Perfect Love by Alpha Rev
I actually planned to sing Hero by Enrique Iglesias and Your Guardian Angel by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus but I tried and failed to sing them. (Either my pitch was too low or too high! There were unreachable notes–especially with Your Guardian Angel. But I would have loved to have them here!)
Final Rating: 5.63/5
Guardian angels love you, no matter what.
Now we’re back in the present, and we’re going to talk about the quotes! ❤
One thing that I really love about Macmillan is that they post quote roundups of their books. However, the quotes that they post may or may not include the quotes that I want to post. If a quote I love is in their roundup, I’ll post the quote image from their site. If a quote I love is not in their roundup, I’ll just type the quote here. 🙂 (Click here if you want to see the full quote roundup!)
Don’t let fear rob you of something that means so much to you.
David made it to my list of book boyfriends in an instant because of this quote. ❤
Part of the thinking-positive thing is to not let yourself obsess about what you can’t have.
Some advice for you, and for me, and the entire human race. *sings the song*
Humans are free to make their own choices. And those choices have consequences.
We must be ready for the consequences of the choices we make, but I don’t think anyone should regret anything. We make wrong choices for a reason.
That’s why I feel guilty. Because I don’t think it’s wrong, either. But maybe I should.
This is related to the quote above. And this quote made me swoon for David even more. ❤
You sound like an inexperienced, immature schoolgirl who believes that the first guy she feels romantically about is somehow her soul mate.
Our parents just want the best for us, and Cara’s mom is just worried. But I understand both of their sides in this part.
I’m not going to let you destroy this relationship before it even has a chance.
This is Cara fighting for love. That’s why I understand her side, because I feel what she said here. They key terms: before it even has a chance. We should be open for all possibilities.
It’s hard to know who you can trust…we get it wrong sometimes…and then sometimes we get it right.
Trusting people means taking great risks. I believe that we have to trust ourselves in deciding if the risk is worth it.
See? David says a lot of great words. #MuchLove
The only thing that would be too much for me would be if there were no us.
SWOOOON! ❤ (You’ll swoon more if you know who she said this to!)
Prayer. How strange that something she’d never thought about much before, but had been doing a lot more of lately, could be so powerful.
This is my favorite quote because I’m a living proof of the power of prayer and it’s very nice to see people believing in it, too. 🙂
I love you, Cara Markwell, more than anyone on Earth.
I won’t say who said this because it would spoil a lot of things, but hey, isn’t this very swoonworthy as well? ❤
It’s a gift…just like you.