February 28, 2018
Sarah Hansen / Okay Creations
Lost in the shadows of a tragedy that stripped Aurora June of everything she once loved, she’s back in the small town of Balsam Grove, North Carolina, ready to face all she’s kept locked away for seven years. Or so she thinks.
As one of the victims of a string of mysterious disappearances in the small, picturesque Appalachian Mountain town, darkness has become her home—her safe blanket when the world reveals its true colors. But as the walls of darkness start to move in on her, she knows the only way to free herself from her past is to face it, head-on. She just needs to figure out how.
Upon arrival, Aurora isn’t expecting her first collision to be with the boy she left all those years ago. The boy who betrayed her trust with no regrets. The boy who is no longer a boy, but a man with the same stormy eyes that swept her into his current before she ever learned to swim.
She’d thought he was safe. He’d thought their path was mapped out. Turns out neither of them was ready for the crash at the bottom of the cascade.
*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
“He gave me adventure when the rest of the world gave me rules.”
If you’ve been following my reviews for a while then you know my epic love for K.K. Allen right? Well if you didn’t then welcome to a(nother) glowing review for this wonderful woman. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the masterpieces she manages to put out into the world. Each story she comes out with is tremendously better than the last even though they were already amazing to begin with. I’m so proud to say that this was no exception.
I was already half in love with this novel due to its title. Give me any word that relates to water and I am yours. With that said, my expectations were already way too high before diving in but a part of me just didn’t want to admit it in case I was insanely let down. But I shouldn’t have worried since K.K. Allen only managed to blow my high expectations to smithereens and left me gaping like a loser. Her writing is always incredibly addicting but here it only increased in momentum with every page.
This story introduces us to 18 year old Aurora who is the only survivor of serial disappearances that happened in her town. She is forced to leave everything she used to find solace in behind because of it. Then the story skips 6 years and we follow her as she is forced to face her dark past once again. I loved and appreciated Aurora as a main character to no end. It was one of the most interesting rides I’ve ever been on as we got to discover who she was alongside her. She broke my heart way too many times every time she questioned her own darkness. I wanted nothing else than to hold her tight and chase her demons away BUT, that’s where my second favorite character comes in.
My beautiful Jaxon.
Aurora and Jaxon have a past that got in the way of their happiness once but we got to see their relationship develop into something beautiful and enchanting. I couldn’t get enough of Jaxon’s heart and passion. The way he treated Aurora had me tearing up and melting into goo. His patience with her as she struggled with panic attack after panic attack made me sob like crazy. I didn’t only fall in love with his heart but I also fell in love with their relationship. All I have left to say is that I loved the way they ended up and I couldn’t be happier for them. The ending of this book was the least they deserved and I will forever hold this book close to my heart because of it.
Now, let’s talk about the setting of this novel.
Waterfall Effect takes place in an Appalachian Mountain town that is mush too beautiful for words. I was ultimately excited to see how the title would tie into the story and I couldn’t have asked for a better move in K.K.’s part. The way she described the details surrounding this town made me feel as if I was actually there, right beside these wonderful characters. I never wanted to live inside a book as badly as I did in here. Another reason I bonded with Aurora was through our overwhelming love for waterfalls. The only difference between us was that she actually got the opportunity to spend time among them, unlike me. From now on, whenever I feel like experiencing a waterfall, I will surely pick up this novel so I can live vicariously.
Also, this novel was FULL of sharp twists and turns. I felt like I couldn’t even get a chance to catch my breath before K.K. threw another epic turn at me. I still can’t believe how masterfully she wielded every plot line in here. She had my undivided attention even after I had finished the book and that’s the least I could expect from an author. I will definitely be recommending this book to everybody I stumble across.
I can’t wait for the next one!
“Perhaps it wasn’t the darkness that kept me from remembering. Maybe I was just avoiding the light.”
About the Author:
K.K. Allen is an award-winning author and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences graduate from the University of Washington who writes heartfelt and inspirational Contemporary Romance stories mainly about “Capturing the Edge of Innocence.” K.K. currently resides in central Florida, works full time as a Digital Producer for a leading online educational institution, and is the mother to a ridiculously handsome little dude who owns her heart.
K.K.’s publishing journey began in June 2014 with the YA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy, The Summer Solstice. In 2016, K.K. published her first Contemporary Romance, Up in the Treehouse, which went on to win the Romantic Times 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best New Adult Book of the Year. With K.K.’s love for inspirational and coming of age stories involving heartfelt narratives and honest emotions, you can be assured to always be surprised by what K.K. releases next.
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