Friday, April 24, 2015

THE CORE - A Book Review

There’s something strange about David, something that goes beyond the way he makes Ellie feel. He’s wealthy, poised, and a complete enigma. With nothing to lose but her heart, Ellie goes in search of the truth—a search that leads her down an eye-opening path that reveals secrets about the world she thought she knew.

The world’s order is held in careful balance, the essence of good and evil tilting the scale. When the fabric of reality is stripped away, Ellie is forced to make a decision to follow the path David’s constructed before her or simply walk away. The Core is missing and someone must step up and stand between the light and darkness, holding each back and maintaining equilibrium. 

THE CORE is an interesting book that found its way to my desk this last week.  The premise was such that it demanded that I jump places, and I pulled it from its rightful place in my TBR pile and crawled beneath my comfy snuggle with a “cuppa” and settled down to read.  Though the first in a Serial, it held promise to keep my brain ticking about the plot and characters as the opening pages immediately dove me into intrigue and romantic longing.  
Having taken the time to get to know the author a little, I knew that there would be more to the story than romance and intrigue.  I was not disappointed!  Initially, Kate Thomas introduced the reader to a three main characters.  Two of the main characters were twins, a brother (Jacob)  and a sister (Ellie), who also happened to be the CPA for the third main character, who was her good-looking, single, thirty-something, boss (David).  The only problem was Ellie could have sworn she saw her boss washing immense amounts of blood from his body at the office a few nights before and so with her brother’s help, was determined to discover what it was that her boss did to earn money for his clients and himself. 
Before they can uncover the income sources, David whisks Ellie off from New York City to Los Angeles for a business trip where he promises to answer questions and offer her a partnership.  Huh?  The mystery deepens before the book gets going, and this reader was sucked in.  No sleep coming till I had answers.
The storyline was not limited to romantic tension, which there was plenty of between the leading characters.  There was no shortage of mystery, as new characters were introduced and the questions continued to pile up instead of being answered.  Then worlds began to tilt on end and a taste of the paranormal started slithering its way between the lines and tingling down my spine as it became obvious that not all was as it seemed. 
Ellie was spooked.  Had she been pulled into something “wicked this way comes”?  Or could she depend on the realm of the norm, David finally start to open up.  The discoveries that Ellie makes about David, his friends, their clients, and finally about herself is at first mind-boggling, and then mind-altering.  Only time and more answers will help Ellie come to the decisions she needs to make. 
I am thankful that there are more novels in this series, as I, too have many more questions for David and his team of friends in the coming tales that they have to share.
As an analytical reader, I loved this book for the sub-story and potential for allegories that I read beneath the wonderful storyline that Kate Thomas wrote for our enjoyment.  Though not discussed here, they would be wonderful topics in group reads and discussions. 
I would recommend this book, and potentially this series for YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Romance.  This book received a good FIVE STAR rating for the depth of character development and multi-level plot that leads to much discussion.


Kate Thomas, is the author of the upcoming Equilibrium Series, a five-book supernatural new adult series, with plans for a few more series in 2015. 

She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can't help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn't seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

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