April 06, 2012

Review of "Anew" by Chelsea Fine

Anew by Chelsea Fine

Whoa. I love this cover art. It’s a little bit Vampire Diaries, a little bit Cinderella and a whole lot of awesome. The cover alone was enough to make me buy the book.
Main Characters:
Scarlett - 17 year-old girl with amnesia.
Gabriel - Scarlett’s love interest
Tristan - Gabriel’s twin brother
Heather - Scarlett’s feisty, boy-crazy best friend
Laura - Scarlett’s guardian for the past 2 years. 
Seventeen-year-old Scarlett wakes up in the woods, alone, scared and with no memories. All she knows is that she is fifteen and her name is Scarlett. 
Jump forward two years, Scarlett is trying to live a normal life, but she’s intimidated by the idea of dating until she meets the new boy in town, sexy, fun loving, Gabriel Archer. 
With her best friend, Heather’s, encouragement; Scarlet decides to live a little instead of hiding in the shadows because of her unknowable past. Gabriel accepts Scarlett’s amnesia without question, but keeps his own secrets even after they start dating. She decides to get some answers and discover’s Gabriel’s twin brother, Tristan. He is aloof, rude and angry but Scarlett is inexplicably drawn to him. 
My thoughts:
I enjoyed this YA paranormal romance with an undercurrent of darkness and mystery and plan to read it again before I read the sequel. 
At first, I thought the plot could have moved a little quicker, but that’s what I thought about “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” so take that comment with a grain of salt. Once I got involved, I couldn’t put it down. 
One of the things I especially enjoyed was the slow reveal of character motivation that caused my impressions of Gabriel and Tristan to evolve over the course of the story. This would have been hard to do with faster pacing, so I’m glad Ms. Fine took the time to properly develop her characters. It’s difficult to explain what I’m talking about without spoilers, but I’d love to discuss it with anyone that’s read the book.  
I’m intrigued by the backstory and hope Ms. Fine delves deeper into Scarlett, Tristan and Gabriel’s history as well as their original world of witchcraft, curses and betrayal. The glimpses I caught of this multi-faceted system of magic left me hungry for more. 
Even though I figured out a few of the plot twists and secrets before they were revealed, I was completely blown away by the ending. WHOA! Not at all what I was expecting. Talk about a cliffhanger! All I can say is, there had better be a sequel -- and soon! (Awry is scheduled for release this June! WooHoo! I can't wait!)
Five stars for an original plot with intriguing characters. Fans of the Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle will enjoy this book. Don’t get impatient with the pacing, keep reading! The ending is to die for!


  1. Oh, that sounds really good. I am gonna have to pick up a copy for my Easter reading. hehe. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. I really loved this book. I'm glad that it didn't involve werewolves, vampires, fairies, mermaids, or any of the currently popular fictional beings. This book also had an interesting take on the love triangle. I'm really happy about Scarlet and how realistic she is.

  3. Thanks for commenting, Ceska. I can't wait for the next book in the series ;-)