July 5, 2013

Review: Untellable

Untellable by Suzanne Lilly
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 24, 2013
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Book Description:

Aspen Dwyer, recently emancipated from foster care, is searching for a place to hide from a past with secrets too dark to share. Honey Creek, Ohio, presents itself as the best place to start a new life and stay undercover. 

There she meets Colton Moraine, a man with strong family ties and an even stronger sense of loyalty.

His boisterous, loving family welcomes Aspen with warmth she hasn’t felt in years. She’s surprised at how quickly and deeply she falls for Colton. 

When a dangerous criminal comes to Honey Creek, intent on his revenge against her, Aspen must choose between two options. Should she stay and risk her life and the rejection of the people she’s grown to love? Or should she run again, and leave behind any chance of a happy future?

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Untellable by Suzanne Lilly wasn’t exactly what I was expecting when I decided to dive into this book and review it for my site, but despite my misconceptions it was actually a really cute story. Untellable follows Aspen Dwyer, a recent high school graduate who has aged out of the foster system and is hiding from her incarcerated Father.

Her social worker, Margot helped her get a summer job in Honey Creek, Ohio where she planned to hide out so her Father can’t find her. I love how the town is described. This small intimate place where people know each other’s business and are friendly (It totally reminds me of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls!)

I also really enjoyed Aspen as a character, Lilly did a nice job creating her, rounding her out, and making her someone we could genuinely enjoy reading about. She’s got fears and she’s very closed off, but during the course of the story we really get to see her open up to the people are her in this small town including Colton Moraine.  We see these really great relationships form and we see Aspen becoming more of the carefree person she was before the tragedy that she experienced.

The one thing that kept me from giving this five stars is the lack of development between Aspen and Colton in regards to their relationship. She comes into town and almost immediately they’ve got issues because of a misunderstanding and it sort of nosedives from there, but then they have one little moment and everything changes suddenly. It just didn’t seem all that realistic. I would have liked to see more meat in that part of the story.

Other than that though, Lilly delivers an intense yet sweet story filled with healing, pain, and drama that I blew through in just a few hours. I would definitely recommend this book to people who are looking for more than just romance, but a story of accepting yourself and being happy with the person you are.

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Author Bio:

Suzanne Lilly writes lighthearted young adult stories with a splash of suspense, a flash of the unexplained, a dash of romance, and always a happy ending. Her debut novel was Shades of the Future in 2012 followed by Untellable in 2013. Her newest novel, A Thousand Little Secrets will be available in August, 2013.Her short stories have appeared in numerous places online and in print, and she has placed and received honorable mentions in writing contests. She lives in Northern California where she reads, writes, cooks, swims, and teaches elementary students.

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