Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review of 'Hidden Falls (Knotted Roots #1.5)' by Ruthi Kight

Book Info-
Title- Hidden Falls
Series- Knotted Roots # 1.5 (Novella)
By - Ruthi Kight
Publication Date- July 3, 2013
Genre- YA Romance


The southern summer was back with a vengeance.

Helping out a friend was what Katy had in mind when she agreed to give Roxie a hand on the farm.

She expected it to be an easy job wrapped in the possibility of a break from her mother’s constant vodka stupor.

What she didn’t expect was to find him.

Brian spent his life in his brother’s shadow, constantly falling short of others’ expectations.

When he gets the chance to prove himself, he's forced to decide if there’s more to him than just the mistakes he’s made.

The summer was supposed to be easy.

It was supposed to be fun.

But sometimes, when you least expect fall.

**My thoughts**

This novella in the Knotted Roots series helps us get to know Katy and Brian a little bit better. From the first book in the series, we know that Katy is Roxie's best friend, who grew up next door to Roxie's grandma. Brian is Chase's little brother. The two of them were supporting characters in the first book, instrumental in pushing their loved ones together. But, they have their own dark secrets that need some attention. They also have an unrealized attraction to each other that is aching to be recognized.

They take turns telling their story from their point-of-view, through alternating chapters. As they do their dance around each other, we finally get to hear from Brian about his role in his father's death. We also get to know more about Katy's problems with her drunk mother and her absent father. I feel like I want to explore more about Brian reconciling his feelings about his dad and his jealousy of his brother. I hope this is covered more in later books, because I feel like it is really important to their healing process. Katy is given a chance to start to take steps to rectify her situation with her parents, though it doesn't end the way that you would expect it to. She has a long road ahead of her, but seems to be with the right people to begin that journey.

The focus of this book is definitely on the romance between Brian and Katy, who have been friends for as long as they can both remember. I like having another couple in the area, for Chase and Roxie to grow and mature with. I feel like some major changes continue to be in store for them and am curious what obstacles they will have to overcome next. I will definitely read book 2 when it comes out!

I gave this book 3.5 stars because I did enjoy the story a lot, but feel like I want more development in these storylines. I do think that you should read this if you are following the series, because particular events at the end will definitely play heavily into the start of Book 2.  I received a complimentary eARC in exchange for my honest review.

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About the Author:
Ruthi Kight currently lives in her hometown of Columbia, SC, with her fiancé and five year old daughter. She has an unhealthy addiction to books, music, and chocolate, but not necessarily in that order. When her dream of being a rock star didn't work out, she focused on her other passion: writing. She is the author of Knotted Roots, a YA Coming of Age story, and is currently working on two other novels that are due out this year.

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