Summer Demons by Mia Hoddell

[First Review]

Summer Demons
Jenna Shaw ran away to escape her past. In fact, she jumped on a plane and flew to Portugal to try and forget it. However, it turns out leaving everything behind isn't as easy as it sounds.
She thought she could move on and break free of her fears - that if she had some space the pain would stop. But as memories resurface due to an ill-timed joke, the past crashes into her present once more and she didn't see it coming. Jenna's plans for normality are derailed by the charismatic Ethan Brooks. She sees him as an annoyance; he sees her as a challenge. But as he tries every trick known to him to impress her, they only serve to push her further away. He's never faced this problem before and Ethan has to work harder than he ever has if he wants to win over and help his mysterious girl.
A young adult romance, this novella would be a great book for teenagers or as a feel-good summer read.

Summer demons is a novella with a light romance and also about forgiving yourself and facing your fears.
Jenna is a young lady haunted about a tragedy that she feels responsible for, even though her best friend, Amy and everyone else keep saying that it wasn't anyone's fault. Jenna and Amy take off to Portugal to have a vacation and leave everything else behind. And that's where the book really begins.
Jenna can't forget what happened and that makes her afraid of being inside pools, lakes, ocean, anything with too much water around. 
Ethan is the whole, too good-looking and knows it, always get what he wants, and he knows the resort better than anyone else. He wants to get to know Jenna, but Jenna is only interested in having a good time with her best friend and forgetting her past, she doesn't need a boy that thinks he can get anyone and everything he wants.

Even though this novella is not too short but not too long either, it has a great story, it's a light read for someone that wants to read something that it's not too complicate, but that it's good anyway. The romance doesn't seen too rush given the fact that this book only has 160 pages, Ethan may have thought that Jenna was just another girl he could charm, but he seemed to really get intrigued about why she is so scared of water and I think he also learns a bit of how not treating woman like conquests. Jenna is reluctant in acepting Ethan advances most because she isn't over her past, and is insecure in expressing her true feelings. Amy is a really supportive friend, and the voice of reason when Jenna doesn't know what to do! She's fiercely protective and would help with anything Jenna needs.

Narration: This book has a third person narrative and unfortunately it could be better, but I guess it's not too horrible to the point of just giving up reading. The narrative goes mostly from Jenna to Ethan, but it's done mostly in Jenna's pov, Amy has a few turns in the narrative, but again it's mostly for some explaining about Jenna, and to show how Amy is sincere in her own way.
Some insight of Ethan let's us know that he doesn't see Jenna as a conquest. But the transition between each character narrative is too abrupt, so you have to pay attention to know who is talking.

Romance: Like I said, it's not exactly rushed, and it's kind of cute, so I liked it. 

Story:  We know how tragic the events in Jenna's past may seem, but I didn't really got too much into it, I guess when we just have some telling about an event in the past, we don't feel too connected to it. So I may imagine how bad that would be if I was Jenna, but with just a little information it's kind of hard to feel like her.

Cover:  The cover is cool, but I guess it just incite a wrong idea for this novella, adding the title, it may seem like a paranormal novel instead of a contemporary one. So I guess some people may read this thinking it's a completely different thing.

Stand Alone: This book is a Stand Alone but it's also part of a serial, mostly because you may see the characters of Summer Demons in the next book, which is Amy's story.

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