Series: The Countenance #1
Publisher: Addison Moore
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Free Download
Rating: 4 Stars
The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield.
Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely.
Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma.
In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says.
Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?
Laken is dead. Or is she? This is the not-so-reality that she is faced with, and she needs answers. In this alternate world that she awakens in, everyone around her seems to think that she is the confused one. Didn’t she die in a car accident? And why is her boyfriend, who is also supposed to be dead, in this world that she found herself in. Wanting answers and still wanting to keep her loved ones in this strange world, Laken doesn’t know where to begin. The people in this world are slightly different from the ones that she knows in reality, and it’s confusing her to the max. Cooper Cooper Cooper. This guy makes her feel all sorts of strange. Good, but strange all the same. And what about Wes? He’s supposed to be dead and she is still supposed to be grieving from his death. Can a girl catch a break from all this strangeness going on?
I really loved this story. It was all sort of twisted from the start and made me keep reading well past my bedtime. Laken is a very likable character, and while she wasn’t my favorite, I still found her to be quite funny at times. Wes really didn’t leave an impression. His character in this alternate world was off compared to how Laken remembered him. Which isn’t unusual since everyone that she remembers from her reality is different. I really loved Cooper! He was the only one who tried to help Laken figure out what the heck was going on. The thoughts she had about him were somewhat over dramatic, but who am I to complain about someone’s thoughts about a hot guy?
Aside from the hot guys and alternate people that she encounters in this world, there are also the un-dead. Yeppers, there are zombies in this already freaky world that Laken is subjected to spend eternity. She encounters one as soon as she wakes up and thinks that she should be dead. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series to see where Laken goes from here. The ending wasn’t that great in my opinion and I was expecting something major to happen aside from the obvious. Overall, a really good book that lovers of paranormal will enjoy.