I am so excited to be participating in this blog tour. I loved this book so much. SO let's get to know more about the author and her books.
ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse--a gorgeous mare named Rainbow--and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of the East/West Literary Agency. Sacred is her debut novel.
Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop."
The boy—intense, beautiful—is Will Cohen, a newcomer to the island. For reasons he can't or won't explain, he's drawn to Scarlett and feels compelled to keep her safe. To keep her from wasting away. His meddling irritates Scarlett, though she can't deny her attraction to him. As their relationship blossoms into love, Scarlett's body slowly awakens at Will's touch. But just when her grief begins to ebb, she makes a startling discovery about Will, a discovery he's been grappling with himself. A discovery that threatens to force them apart. And if it does, Scarlett fears she will unravel all over again.
The cover is stunning but the story is magical and heart breaking.
Scarlett has grown up on a small island called Catalina where everyone knows everybody and is friendly but her family’s world is shattered by the death of her older brother. Scarlett starts to isolate from everyone she knows to deal with the pain but all she does is start to hurt herself but the arrival of a new boy named Will helps to heal her damaged and broken heart. At first Will’s attempts to help keep Scarlett safe from herself do nothing but annoy her that is until he tells her a secret about himself and that he understands the pain she is going through for he lost his mom at the age of thirteen.
This whole story flows so well. The world and characters are so real and well written that you feel every emotion. I loved the two main characters Scarlett and Will. Scarlett deals with a lot of things that nobody her age should have to go through but the author handles every problem well and makes you feel all the pain, heart ache, joy, acceptance, and love right along with her. Will is such a great guy he never let’s go of Scarlett even when he feels he should and when it matters most he comes through for her and saves her even more. My one complaint is Scarlett’s mom. She checks out on her daughter and husband from her pain of loosing her son and I so badly wanted to shake her and tell her you still have a daughter who needs you but she does redeem herself when Scarlett needs her the most.
Make sure you check out Elana K. Arnold's other books coming out later this year including the sequel to Sacred.
Thank you to Elana for letting me review her book and Thank you to Jean for letting me participate in this blog tour. Make sure you enter the giveaway.