ARC Review | Unveiling Ghosts (Unveiling #3) by Jeannine Allison

ARC Review | Unveiling Ghosts (Unveiling #3) by Jeannine AllisonUnveiling Ghosts by Jeannine Allison
Series: Unveiling #3
on March 2nd 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 275
Format: eARC
Source: via Author
Amazon US

Four years ago, Sherry lost everything. Her house. Her parents. And Hunter, the love of her life. She left the small town she’d called home and tried not to look back. He’s gone. Move on. Don’t think of him. But when she learns Hunter is alive, she’s forced to question that awful night when everything was ripped away from her.

Four years ago, Hunter lost Sherry. She was his home, his family, and the love of his life. He abandoned the town that held so many painful memories, but he couldn’t stop himself from looking back. Where was she? How was she? Did she think of him, too? But when his father’s death brings both of them back home, he must deal with the fallout from his choice all those years ago.

Hunter and Sherry were childhood friends, high school sweethearts, and everything in between. Hunter always told her…

Ours is a love people write stories about.

But will it be a fairy tale or a tragedy?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mature Content

This is a wonderful story about a girl in pigtails and a pink dress and a boy who loved to run.

Sherry’s graduation is supposed to be one of the happiest days of her life. Instead, it reminds her of what she’s lost—her parents, brother, and soulmate, Hunter. She’s spent the last four years barely living, still haunted by the ghosts of her past. But when she receives information that her soulmate is still alive, she drops everything and flies back to where it all started and ended. She has a lot of questions that need answers, and Hunter’s the only one who can give it to her.

“Hunter broke my heart four years ago, but he was also the only thing that could make it better. It was remarkable how the same thing that destroyed a person, could also be the thing that healed them.”

I enjoyed this so much more than Unveiling Chaos! Here we have a second chance romance, star-crossed lovers, and some slow burn going on, then add two likable characters who have been through a lot. This book has a lot of heavy topics—child neglect and abuse, cancer, death—but a lot of touching and heartwarming moments too as we saw the friendship and blossoming love between Sherry and Hunter. From the day they first met when they were ten ’til the day they were separated when they were eighteen, and the day they meet again when they’re twenty-two.

What I loved about this book the most is the realistic voice of the characters as they were growing up. It was like watching a montage of a person’s childhood. One day they were playing in the backyard, the next they’re experiencing their first kiss. Then they’re attending the prom, falling in love. It was easy to see when Sherry and Hunter were growing up and discovering their feelings and hormones, and it felt very authentic. I especially loved seeing the transition from innocence to awareness. There was an air of maturity caused by Hunter’s terrible experiences, but the youth is still obviously there.

There was an air of maturity caused by Hunter’s terrible experiences, but the youth is still obviously there.

The reason why I didn’t give this five stars is because although I loved the pacing in general, there were a few dragging parts in the book where I felt some things were over-explained, making some of the narrative and dialogue chunky. And I think I have a few questions about the past, most of them relating to Hunter’s family. Like what was Hunter’s father doing to afford a more opulent lifestyle? What happened to his mother?

Other than that, I enjoyed Unveiling Ghosts. I loved Sherry and Hunter’s story. I laughed, teared up, and fell in love with them. Hunter is such a swoon-worthy guy who was been consistent in his love and devotion for Sherry. As misguided as it was, his love for Sherry was one of the reasons why he left her. Sherry is also admirable. She’s resilient, strong, but still so kind. Other people would have hardened if they experienced everything Sherry did, but she was still able to keep a certain softness in her heart that hasn’t been buried by her pain and loss.

And the epilogue. AHHHH. It was so beautiful! After everything Shery and Hunter have been through, the ending was perfect for them.

Unveiling Ghosts is the third standalone story in the Unveiling series told in alternating POVs and in a nonlinear narrative. It’s a story of two people losing and finding their way to each other again. It has a perfect balance of joy, angst, and a slow and deep burning love. If you’re a fan of soulmate and star-crossed lover tropes, you might enjoy Unveiling Ghosts.

“I’d do it all again if it meant I got you.”


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