Review: Downcast by Cait Reynolds

Book Blurb

What would you do when faced with an impossible truth? Written with heart and passion, Downcast by Cait Reynolds is ripe with twists you never saw coming and love that defies the odds in this intense new Paranormal Romance retelling one of mythology’s greatest love stories.

It’s the start of Stephanie Starr’s senior year of high school, but sadly, this is no life of the prom queen. Stuck at the bottom of the high school social totem pole, Stephanie is forced by her domineering mother to wear lumpy linen dresses and eat organic tofu for lunch in a world of mini-skirts and pizza.

What Stephanie doesn’t anticipate is gorgeous and cocky Haley Smith who breaks social convention and pursues her with a determination that is both terrifying and flattering. Afraid that Haley is simply trying to set her up for massive humiliation, Stephanie does her best to push him away. But the more attention he pays to her, the more she runs, and the more everyone else begins to notice.

Instead of a loving family to support her as the mean girls make their play, Stephanie’s mother begins to unravel mentally, her possessiveness of Stephanie spiraling to new and frightening extremes. Stephanie is forced to grow up, find herself, and learn the truth about her past in order to save her mother, her friends, and her town. When the truth is revealed, nothing can prepare her for the outrageous reality of her existence…and nothing can save her from her fate.

Except Haley.


Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Stephanie Star is about to start her senior year. It’s just she and her mom. In fact they are not allowed to even mention her father, whoever he is. She has been a good daughter and let her mother influence her decisions.

Now that she is about to turn eighteen and be officially an adult, she is starting to question what she wants to do with her life and how she really feels. At school she is a member of the snub club, in other words, not popular. She knows her place and wants to get through the year and live her life. Unfortunately her year and life are about to change.

Two new students are joining the senior class and their lockers are located right next to Stephanie’s. Zack and Haley Smith are brothers and the center of everyone’s attention. Apparently Haley seems to have eyes for Stephanie. She doesn’t believe or trust his attention. Her paranoia causes her to believe he is setting her up.

However she is wrong. In fact she and her mom are not who they always appeared to be. Stephanie is forced to realize who she is and who Zack and Haley are. Once she begins to question her life and learning the truth, the one person she trusted most turns against her.

This was a cool story. I liked the fact it was based on the Greek Gods story which I caught onto early on. The similarities with the brothers and the Gods was evident as I read the story. I really liked how the author created this parallel story where they are seniors in high school. I loved the characters and how Stephanie came into her own as she started standing up for herself. Her friends Helen and Morris were awesome. They were loyal and brilliant. Their relationship with each other was fun to read. Everyone needs friends like that.

Then you add in the brothers and you have an interesting spin. Zack lives to drive Helen crazy which is hilarious. Haley is the brooding one who has to get Stephanie to choose him by realizing who she really is. They were sweet together. It was a fun story that had a Greek Mythology twist. I give it a 4 out of 5.

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