There are dark things hiding that will steal you away... Last Things by Jacqueline West (Review)

Last Things
By Jacqueline West
YA Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 416 Pages
May 7th 2019 by Greenwillow


When strange things start happening to local music idol Anders Thorson, everyone blames his number-one-fan, Thea. But is she out to hurt him? Or protect him?

High school senior Anders Thorson is unusually gifted. His band, Last Things, is legendary in their northern Minnesota hometown. With guitar skills that would amaze even if he weren’t only eighteen, Anders is the focus of head-turning admiration. And Thea Malcom, a newcomer to the insular town, is one of his admirers. Thea seems to turn up everywhere Anders goes: gigs at the local coffeehouse, guitar lessons, even in the woods near Anders’s home. When strange things start happening to Anders—including the disappearance of his beloved cat, then his sort-of girlfriend, and, somehow, his musical talent—blame immediately falls on Thea. But is she trying to hurt him? Or save him? Can he trust a girl who doesn’t seem to know the difference between dreams and reality? And how much are they both willing to compromise to get what they want?

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My Review

LAST THINGS is a dark and twisted tale with a constant undertone of danger. It's like a mix of contemporary YA and fae, but where the fae hide in the shadows. But they're not fae and either is the girl who watches and protects. An overall riveting story.

This story had a very small-town secrets kind of feel to it except that most in the town are completely oblivious to the darkness that hides in the shadows. I found the characters easy to relate to. They have their strengths, weaknesses, struggles... things that we all deal with. I liked that romance wasn't the main or even a major part of the story. There's just a vagueness to some romance. I also liked the overall tone of the story and the voices of Thea and Anders. They're very different and it was interesting to see how they interacted and what connected them. There was a constant pull in this story - a constant feeling of something being out there, of these characters being in danger. It's not quite you're usual suspense as there is a paranormal/fantasy aspect. It's a dark and creepy danger that slowly unveils more and more as the story goes. It definitely made me flip pages to find out what would happen.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed this creepy, paranormal contemporary. The characters were interesting as was the story.

Content: Fade-to-black/closed-door love scenes, some swearing (including an f-word or two), drinking, violence.
Source: I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher through NetGalley and the Fantastic Flying Book Club, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

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