Sunday, September 1, 2013

Book Review: Revelaing Hamiltonby Sarah J. Carr

Some time ago I read the Prequel to Revealing Hamilton… I was fascinated by the prequel and Sarah’s writing style, and wanted to see if she could capture me in her book as well. Did she ever. I was so not prepared for this book. In no way. (my review of pRevelaing Hamilton at Dangerous Romance)

Amelia is alone. Meaning, she has no family. The only one she remembers is her Grandfather, and that is something she would prefer to forget. But she has friends, and a boyfriend.  Not that I would call him that. Anyways…. Amelia works at the Ellie’s Diner. It’s boring, risky and hard work. The only thing keeping her up is her best friend Donovan, who also happens to work there. One day everything goes terribly wrong, and Amelia accidentally drops an entire plate of entrées on a customer, knocking him unconscious. As a result, Amelia quits (Lorenzo – the owner – behaves like a shit) and walks out of the Diner.

EVERYTHING snowballs from there. And I do mean everything. First her truck (Red) breaks down, then Connor (her boyfriend) don’t pick up the phone, her own phone dies, and she’s forced to walk home through a blizzard…. Only to find out exactly WHY Connor couldn’t pick up his damn phone. Heartbroken and pissed she leaves their apartment. But where to go, with little money, close to Christmas and a snowstorm rolling down upon her? In steps Max, a complete stranger. He offers her to stay with him for the night, which Amelia accepts after thinking on it. But it turns out it wasn’t so accidental that Max and Amelia bumped into each other. Max is the head of this division of The Insurance Agency, and he shows (and tells) Amelia what is coming for her. Her Grandfather isn’t dead, but has been banished to see her, until her 23rd birthday. There’s a reason for that. Something that Amelia has been trying very hard to forget. And with only measly seven days left, she will have to come to terms with that her entire life has been a made-up lie. In the end, who can she really trust?!

Amelia is a sweet person. She is not the first to cry foul, and it takes a lot before she loses faith in a person. She’s a bit naïve regarding her boyfriend.. Okay, okay, a LOT naïve. But that is part of her charm. On the other hand… I didn’t see the story behind her boyfriend coming. It hit me like a Mack truck straight in my face. It doesn’t excuse him in my eyes, but I understood a bit more about his actions.

Maurice Benedict – Amelia’s grandfather is… Oh boy. He reminds me of a historical person who did a hell lot of damage (when you read the story, you might agree). He’s brilliant in a way, but he sure uses it wrong. On all accounts. He’s the kind of person you really don’t want to meet… Not even in a brightly lit room during day time. With tons of people there too. But he sure has a way to trick people into doing his dirty work. His net isn’t small in any way. It spreads out and ensnares a whole lot more people than anticipated.   

As I said… I was so not prepared for this story. Revealing Hamilton was twisted, mind-boggling, fascinating, action packed, emotional, grip your seat “what’s going to happen now”, tear inducing and absolutely freaking amazing to read.  Just when I thought “Aaahh, now I get it” – Sarah (or her muse) laughs evilly and tosses something new into the mix, confusing you, claiming your attention and makes you want to rip your hair out. My nails have never been this short. Twist after twist, secret after secret, Revealing Hamilton will keep you glued. I loved every second of it, and I immediately bought Embracing Hamilton. I so do not want to miss anything!

BTW: Sarah, you owe me a couple of nights sleep. :-P
About Sarah:

Sarah Jayne Carr is a novelist who can be found most evenings with a cup of tea in-hand and her imagination racing from plot to plot. When away from her work, part of her mind is constantly brainstorming her next story and she always has writing paraphernalia within reach.
She wrote stories as a child, but became more serious about her passion during her twenties. In her spare time, she likes to read, splash in mud puddles, smell bookstores and eat Honeycrisp apples. Yearly, she participates in NaNoWriMo and has mentored others through the program. Due to her dedication to National Novel Writing Month, she is part of an amazing writing group.
Born and raised in Washington State, Sarah still resides in the area. Her life is richly filled with her supportive, yet swashbuckling husband and their golden Nugget.

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