There are few books that I feel show strong character relationship builds…this book was one of them. The relationship between Hadley and Archer felt extremely realistic. Archer is not 100% perfect Mr. Prince Charming Swoon over him because he is so perfect. He is flawed. He has issues. He isn’t your “typical” loner bad boy that just needs some good girl to come along…
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Hadley reminded me a little bit of the characterization of Bella Swan in the Twilight series especially at the part [ about her dying in place of those she loves being a good way to go.
I liked her more though because Hadley also felt more realistic.
I loved Death as a character. Like I wish his character would have had more of a role.
Havoc was an interesting addition in, he felt mocking with the written ways he communicated, although it felt a little odd that nearly *everyone* in Archers family was getting into “accidents” etc. Just because of this whole life-for-a-life thing. Archer took himself out in the first timeline, so why should in a secondary one he then not take his own but then instead others around him get hurt? I get the basic idea, but so many others being affected felt like a little much. Also Havoc felt sort of like a juvenile bully who simply attacked because he could…which granted his name is Havoc….and that was wreaking Havoc….still I felt like that was a little much. Plus Hadley getting hit by not one but two cars? Overkill! Literally!
I totally ship Hadley and Archer. Their friendship to sort of tentative relationship felt like a true representation of how actual relationships shift over time.
I was impressed with the way Gervais wrote and upon further research found that she originally wrote this on Wattpad and it is now being re-released in this book form. That’s amazing! She wrote professionally and her story here is probably one of the best I have read this year. It is definitely in the top five (I have read almost 100 books so far this year).
I saw that she wrote a continuation story that if she does later publish I will check into as well. From the synopsis it looked like her continuation story was from Archers’ perspective so that would be an interesting read since we as the readers didn’t get to dive into the mindset of Archer in this one. I know I am looking forward to reading more of her future writing.
I am intrigued to read more by her. I think she has a beautiful story telling skill that is well worth checking out if you are a fan of the supernatural mixed in with some romance.
Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him.
Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer’s funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death’s terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known.
Hadley soon discovers Archer’s reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn’t as bad as he’d always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everything-including her life-to keep Archer safe.
Page Count: 352
Expected Publication Date: July 25th, 2017