Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eternal Mercury by Elaine Pinter ~*~ Giveaway ~*~

Title:  Eternal Mercury
Author:  Elaine Pinter
Published:  January 31st 2013 by CreateSpace 
(first published January 20th 2013)
Page Count:  324
Genre:  NA Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Can true love survive the boundaries of death?

Eighteen-year-old Chelsee Taylor has been in love with her boyfriend, Max, since they started kindergarten together. She has no idea that high school graduation will be the last perfect day of her life. After a deadly car accident, Chelsee refuses to accept Max's death because she can still feel his presence. No one believes her and she is completely alone. Until Blake Andersen shows up. It's not just that he believes her . . . or even just that he's so understanding . . . . But why is Max's presence so strong when she's with Blake?

Eternal Mercury is two books in one. Book 1, Chelsee's Story, is bittersweet and moving, while Book 2, Blake's Story, is gritty and inspirational.

My Review:

This novel definitely takes you through an emotional wringer. It didn’t just bring tears to my eyes, but actually made me cry, repeatedly. Pinter tackled some very tough topics in a very tactful yet approachable manner that lets you really see them for what they are. When all is said and done I want to say that I couldn’t put this novel down, but that isn’t entirely true. I read part 1, Chelsea’s story, in a single sitting and was so emotionally wrung out that I had to force myself to put it down. That didn’t last long, however, and then I was diving headlong into part 2, which I again couldn’t put down. If Chelsea’s story broke my heart, Blake’s shattered it and then put the pieces back together again. This was such a bitter-sweet story that you can’t help but for the characters.

Pinter allows such realism to shine through her story that you can’t help but feel connected to it. The contrast between the two parts is phenomenal and highlights how different two sides of a coin can be. The author paints brilliant images with her descriptions. I quite enjoyed how she replayed the same scenes from each character’s perspective. The differences in their views really shines through in the minute differences in the way that they see the world around them. By melding their two lives into a single story Pinter really develops the world around these characters. There was also a seamless overlap between the two parts of the story. There were no discrepancies (other than differences in the characters’ perspectives).

The characters in this novel were also brilliant. The main characters were fantastically developed. Because the reader gets to know them as they get to know each other they are developed in a natural manner. They also grow and change into more mature individuals throughout the course of the stories, in conjunction with the issues that they must overcome and recover from. These two characters are complete opposites yet perfect for each other. The supporting cast rounds out this novel well. Through Pinter’s development you can really see how they are a family, whether or not they are related by blood.

Overall, this novel made me really think about how life can change so completely in the blink of an eye. It was an amazing, life altering story. Even though it was bitter-sweet, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone, and I am dying to read more from this brilliant author.

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  1. I love reading and this sounds like a good book. I would LOVE to have a copy. I usually keep the signed books that I read looking brand new and get the ebook to read. I just love them to stay in great shape so when the author gets famous I will have a signed copy and can say "hey I knew her/him when they just started out". lol Thanks for this wonderful chance to win.. :)

  2. I liked your review for Eternal Mercury. It sounded really interesting.

  3. Maybe I am a screwed up dork but I am a hopeless Romantic, hopeless being the key word, so really looking forward to read this one. *Can true love survive the boundaries of death?* I guess, we just have to find out :-)
    PS: Great Review.

  4. I usually don't read this genre but would in this case because of your review. I also know quite a few people who would most likely enjoy this book as described in the review. If it is good I would recommend it to these friends.

  5. I love reading and your review of Eternal Mercury was truly fascinating i would love to read this book

  6. Hi Jonel, I'm struggling with this Raffle thing so will try it with Chrome as Storm Chase.

  7. Hi, this book looks interesting.

  8. First off I must say your review was amazing! You really make me want to read it. I would totally sqeeeeeee and jump up and down possibly wetting myself in the process...all to read this book!!! ; )

  9. I love the idea of two books in one. Sounds really intriguing.

  10. I teach 7/8th grade in a small town and am always trying to find books for my kids which is getting very expensive so finding these book give aways is becoming so important..thank you

  11. Love your review, sounds like a good book to cry with ;-)

  12. Not a big fan of this "feeling something after they're dead" stuff but I'm willing to give it a shot. Let's see if it works. :)

  13. The book sounds interesting, plus your review makes it more so. And Elaine Pinter is a new-to-me author, so yeah, I'm definitely interested in getting this book. :)

  14. Eternal Mercury caught my attention back on March 30th when I added it to my "to read" list on Goodreads! Now with a review of 4.75 on Goodreads, I really want to read it! Young Adault Romance are my favs!