Thursday, 5 June 2014

Review ~ Ransom (Ransom Brothers #1) by Rachel Schurig

Ransom (Ransom Brothers, #1)ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 28th 2014

Daisy Harris has no reason to suspect that her day will be any different than usual. She’ll go to class, alone. She won’t speak or make eye contact. She’ll spend her entire day doing her best to go completely unnoticed. That’s what life is like for Daisy now—an endless cycle of loneliness and fear. A life lived hiding behind the walls she so faithfully maintains. 

Then she sees it. A magazine, left behind in class. A simple picture—just his face. And it changes everything. 

It’s been a year since she’s seen Daltrey Ransome. A year since he and his brothers left town to pursue their dreams of rock and roll superstardom. A year since he left Daisy behind—left her to watch as everything she knew crumbled around her. She’s been running from Daltrey ever since, desperate to keep her secret.

But she can’t run anymore. And now that Daltrey has found her—the girl he’s loved his entire life, the girl he’d give up everything for—he’s determined never to let her go again.

My Opinion

I was honestly surprised by this book. When I requested it I was interested in the story but then I looked it up on Goodreads and saw some of the reviews going on about the suicide and bullying aspects so I was slightly worried it was going to be a depressing read. However, I had a really hard time putting this book down and found it an engaging read.

Ransom was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I loved the playful conversations between Paige, Karen and Daisy. When the girls were together the relationships were believable and each of the had a strong voice and personality. I also liked Daisy's transformation with them and how they brought her out of her shell. The development was believable.

As well as this, the happy, jovial sections contrasted with the serious side of the book giving them more of an impact. Although what happened to Daisy is no secret and revealed quite early, I didn't feel it was overdone to an extent where it became the sole focus of the book and brought the narrative down into this pit of despair. I liked that although it still affected Daisy she was beginning to try and move on and it was in the background more. It also allowed a lot of focus to be put on the relationship with Daltery and the two reconnecting--even if the secret was always lingering.

Moreover I liked the romance in this book, even if I wished it had happened sooner. There was a lot packed into the ending of this novel and some of it  I wished had been developed a bit more throughout rather than it suddenly coming to light. There were also a few loose ends that weren't tied up. I don't know of this is a standalone or the start of a series but I would have liked more detail on the people in her home town too.

Overall though, Ransom was a fast-paced, engaging read that I couldn't put down. The characters were crafted well with believable bonds and each one had a strong personality. The story as a whole was interesting and had many layers to delve into. Would recommend to those who like more serious romances.


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