Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review: Byronic by Sandi Beth Jones


By Sandi Beth Jones

When the creatures in her dark drawings come to life, Chelsea finds that the mysterious Geoff is the only person she can confide in. But she can't help wondering who she’s kissing: her tender confidant or the dangerous Byronic rebel bent on shocking his detached father.

Starting over in the South Carolina Lowcountry is just what sixteen-year-old Chelsea needs. Unfortunately, moving also means living with her mom's snobbish British novelist employer and his moody son Geoffrey. Knowing that her new home likely used to be a slave holding plantation doesn't make her feel any more at home.

Troubled and reckless after his brother's mysterious death, Geoff often mimics his father’s literary favorite, Lord Byron, acting "mad, bad, and dangerous to know." She's determined to keep her distance and buries herself in her art, though the darkness of her drawings troubles her and others who see them. When people in the Gullah and Geechee community point out that she has been drawing Boo Hags and haints -powerful and terrifying creatures of local legend and superstition- she starts to wonder about her own heritage and her connection to the Sea Islands. She begins to question her own grasp on reality when it seems those creatures start making their way out of her drawings and into real life.

It's clear that Geoff has some secrets of his own, but he might be the only person she can confide in. Chelsea must decide who she can trust, when nothing in the Lowcountry is what it seems.

Byronic is actually a pretty interesting with it's kind of dark and mysterious theme. I forgot that this genre had a supernatural theme to it because the beginning was pretty normal but then the story starts to really pick up with the weird things going on around.

The mysteries that Chelsea's experiencing and of course there's the mysterious Geoff. The relationship between Chelsea and Geoff was kind of complex and don't get me started with their parents' relationship.

Chelsea like her father is into arts but her art seems to be on a different level because she drew things that aren't possible (like the boohags and things she has never seen before). She also thought that she's like her father who seemed to be from the loony bin but then there are things that are happening around that can't be explained and she knows that Geoff's the only person she confide in.

Her relationship with Geoff started off the wrong foot but later you can see their relationship developing quickly. I won't go into details about that because that would spoil it. Chelsea also was experiencing trouble in the adjustments she had to make since they moved. With her mother's co-writer, school, and the society. Apparently, Geoff's father was rather infamous.

Back to the story at hand. There are some things that were explained and others not. I actually though this was a stand alone novel but it isn't. The ending may not be a terrible cliffhanger but it isn't an all out HEA. It makes you wonder if Geoff's older brother was still alive? And what Geoff's mother about someone not being happy if another situation occurs.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read but just some parts was just a bit confusing. I can't wait for the next book and learn more about the secrets that weren't revealed yet.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.