Hello and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal 🙂 This is my stop for the Feel blog tour! I can’t wait to share my thoughts about this beauty of a book with you. Check out my review, leave me your thoughts and while you’re still here, enter the giveaway too! Have fun 😀
I was a sensitive, at least that’s what I was told by the boy who saved me from the overwhelming emotions that consumed my soul, the boy who saved me from myself when my gift became stronger. Through the years, he was my redemption, my reason to take my next breath…then, he was gone.
Jensen always told me I was strong, but I didn’t believe him until I was forced to be strong on my own, and I kept breathing without him. I’ve taken 42 million breaths since the moment he sent me away. Now, four years later, he’s standing in front of me, and I can barely breathe.
This isn’t just a story about the abilities I possess; it’s a story about something much stronger…the love of the man who possesses every part of me.
***Disclaimer – Feel is intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.
Feel by Karen-Anne Stewart is the story of Saige, who, thanks to her supernatural ability, can feel the emotions of those around her. Kind of like an empath. But that’s not all she can do. She can also sense death. And more often than not, this ability gets her into real trouble.
Jenson Rider, Saige’s childhood love, deserted her when he shouldn’t have and his one decision led to a series of events that have forever embedded themselves into Saige’s mind.
I think the most important part of this book is to properly understand the backstories of the characters. I was a bit confused—okay, a lot confused—at the beginning of the book, owing to the fact that not everything was clear and I had little to no knowledge of what was happening. But as I moved along the story, the individual events started making sense and I was addicted to the book, unable to put it down.
A series of parallel stories continue to run alongside the main story itself but once you get past the first 20%, pieces of the dual narration seem to fit together seamlessly. One other thing I absolutely loved about this book? The side characters. They were so, so involved and not at all phony so I know that the author has done a fantastic job creating a good background for them too.
If I were to talk about Saige alone, then I’d say I had a little difficulty understanding her. The entire first part of the book, she was both jittery and scared. Quite understandable, of course, because as shunned from society as she was, she didn’t quite seem to be comfortable in her own skin too. It took me quite a few chapters to understand exactly how her ability worked and just how much she despised her “gift.”
But the quiet, shy girl seemed to dissolve right in front of my eyes as soon as Jenson entered. She became a sassy, punch-throwing, swearing super-chick. That seemed to be quite a bit of a stretch for me, considering the reason for which Jenson left her and how she should have hated him, childhood love notwithstanding. Saige’s character showed a lot of bipolarity when it came to her emotions throughout the book; Whether that was because of the fact that she was an empathy or that was just her personality remains unknown.
Jenson, on the other hand, I really didn’t like. He’s all inked and wannabe-badass and romantic and all, but he seems to be defined by his love for Saige. Their kind of love kind of rules him, breaks him, hell, his love for Saige is what makes him. Now, while I don’t think this is a necessarily bad thing, but it’s just something that doesn’t work for me. It seems too…I dunno, obsessive?
Inspite of all my qualms about these two main characters, I still loved the story, especially the dark, creepy-as-fuck parts. There were struggles and bombings and kidnappings and of course, some schmexy times!
Like I said, I’d love to read more about the side-characters, especially Andy and Sam. Andy was the best 😛
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Up for Grabs!
- One signed copy of Feel by Karen-Anne Stewart
- 3 eBook copies of Feel by Karen-Anne Stewart
Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards and is a nominee for the 2013 RONE Awards.
When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.