5++++++ ARC REVIEW: CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel by, Jessica Park

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~ Synopsis ~

CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel

Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads to coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.

When the lines between life and death blurs.

When and end is just a beginning.

When lust and rage rule.

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.

Welcome to death tripping.

A triller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.

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REVIEW

A story like this….. is very rare, so much that it’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. And I’ve read a lot – especially the last three years, out of the 400+ books on the list, CLEAR by Jessica Park is one that will stand out for a very long time. The synopsis says it all. This is a thriller, a paranormal and a very passionate and erotic story. I’ve been off the paranormal train for quite sometime but I’ll read anything this author writes – without even seeing a cover, reading a blurb I will pick it up and read it in one sitting. But after reading this blurb I was reeeeeally curious to see what she had up her sleeve, and she as always, did NOT disappoint.

This story blew me away – start to finish.

I love it when authors branch out, writing stories that definitively aren’t the norm for them – let alone one that crosses genres so fluidly. This story is it.

Stella Ford – I have so many feelings surrounding her; pity, fear, hope…. love.

Sam Bishop – Gah! The feels are overflowing: Love, adoration, hope and so many more that I can’t properly describe.

Costa – lustful, angry, I’m fearful of him, and for him – and in so many different ways, yet he drew me in so much.

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I went into this story with a very open mind hoping I could read it in one sitting while at work – with minor interruptions here and there because, well I was working. I found myself getting very short with my co-workers when they’d come to my desk to make idle chit-chat. They didn’t realize the all consuming story they were interrupting – the death stares I gave shooed them away, and at certain points through the story – the blush of my cheeks – goooooood lord, I was flustered….. lust ridden, so much that I talked my friend Amber’s ear off for twenty minutes chain smoking outside trying to explain the story to her, promising once it was released I’d send her a copy. Because, just in those short twenty minutes of me trying to explain the story without giving anything away – she was hooked.

It’s very hard to describe this story – without spoiling anything,  but do yourself a favor, don’t go into this book expecting it to be a typical paranormal, because it is anything but that. Stella and Sam, both suffering for different reasons are hoping that the moment they shared as teenagers, can continue on into their adulthood – because in a way, that night that Stella met him…. he saved her. And now, so many years later she might be able to save him to.

Stella is blissful now that she is away from her cruel mother, and junkie sister. No longer does she have to deal with the manipulative ways in which her mother raised her – making her question almost everything around her – did she really eat that food? Did she come in here and move her things? Take something? Constantly criticizing her and making her feel as though she’ll never measure up.

Once she leaves Chicago and heads towards Maine she can feel herself getting stronger, braver – the farther she gets away from everything holding her down. Once she reaches the coastal town, where Sam told her so many years ago his parents owned a hotel – she takes in her surroundings, loving the fresh ocean breeze and small quaint little town. Now, she just has to find Sam, see if he remembers her and if that night they shared under the snow blanketed sky of Chicago meant as much to him, as it did to her.

CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel is truly original, erotic and suspenseful. This book will make you feel, it will make you question things, and you might even shed a tear or two.

Enjoy!

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About the Author

3173f-jessicaparkJessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount of time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24

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