The Pull by Chelsie Shakespeare

Evie Remington had always done what people expected of her. As a result, at twenty-six she finds herself the unhappy owner and manager of a Denver hotel. That is, until deep-rooted memories of a past life and the hidden knowledge of a promise she made in that other lifetime pulls her away from it all. Without knowing where it will lead, Evie sets out on a cross-country journey that will challenge what she believes about life, death, and love

When I was contacted by the author to review this book, I didn't understand why this novel was labeled as "Young Adult". The main character is twenty-six, although there was no overly mature content in the story, it does not deal with teen or even young adult issues in any way. It does however fit into the new publishing niche of "new adult" that is becoming more popular these days. After finishing the story I figured that maybe some of my blog readers would be interested in picking it up and decided to post about it.

The book is really kind of a sad story. It starts off with the death and deciding to get away from her current situation. There was a lot of flashbacks of her childhood and her loss. The relationships of her past and why she could not return to her life as she knew it. There is a very heavy weight of the despair that she feels to this book, saddness and loss and the unknown.

Later in the book it starts to take a turn with an idea of reincarnation. The idea that maybe it's like Deja Vu or always feeling that you can't quite remember things or her dreams coming true, only with the person that they are remembering now has a different face. It was interesting to find out how the story unravels, and what her dreams turned out representing.

Overall it did take me a little longer to get through this one, I am not much of a romance reader and the story had a little bit too much saddness in the opening of the book that I took it slow, but I do know there are some of you that like the stories that have interesting twist, some romance and overcoming a loss.


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  1. I've never heard of the book niche "new adult" before. Are there many books with this label?

  2. "New Adult" is a term I first heard used by author Angela Corbett when I went to a speech her and Lani Woodland were giving here locally. She was referencing her new book Eternal Starling and how the publishing companies were calling books written for older "Young Adults" 18-24 as "New Adult"
    As far as I know Pendrell has not specifically put a section on their website regarding "new adult" books but I do know that is how Eternal Starling and the last book of Lani's is being promoted as the main characters will be graduating from or already graduated from high school.
    The only other publishing company I have seen come straight out with the term to help promote books is Entangled Publishing. in which they actually have a section on their website clearly labeled as "new adult"
    So far new adult books have been a hit or miss with me as they don't quite fit into any genre but if you had to put them in one it would be young adult or teen because although they have graduated, they are not really dealing with "adult" issues yet, they are still trying to figure out who they are in the world, but maybe with some more mature content. Like drinking and sex, talk of marriage and "courting" instead of just dating.

    Hope that helps!


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