Book Review: In Place of Never (YA)

I received this book for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In Place of Never by Julie Anne Lindsey

To be published on February 2, 2016.

Goodreads Summary:
Can the truth set her free?… 

A part of Mercy died the summer her sister tragically drowned. Now Mercy has a chance to discover if Faith’s death was an accident—or murder.  Her first step is to confront the lead suspects: a band of traveling gypsies—the last people who saw her sister alive. But Mercy finds an unexpected ally in Cross, the soulful musician in their ranks. He’s a kindred spirit, someone who sees into her heart for the first time in, well, forever. Yet stirring up the past puts Mercy in danger… 

Suddenly someone is shadowing Mercy’s every move, making her even more determined to uncover the facts. With Cross by her side, she is ready to face it all, even if that means opening up to him, knowing he may one day leave her. What she discovers is a truth that rocks the foundation of her small river town—and a love worth risking everything for…

My Review:
The story in this book was interesting. Mercy is still grieving over her sister’s death three years ago, and she’s determined to uncover exactly what happened before she heads off to college. The traveling sideshow that was in town the summer Faith died is back in St. Mary’s, West Virginia, and Mercy is certain they know something about what happened to Faith. She and her younger sister, Prudence, team up with a new member of the show, Cross, to track down what happened.

I enjoyed the characters, especially Prudence and Cross. And the romance between Cross and Mercy was fun to read, but there was something off about the writing in this book. It was kind of choppy. Plot elements kept coming out of nowhere to surprise me. Not in a good way though. More in a “what is happening here” and “did I miss something” kind of way. I’m pretty sure I didn’t miss anything though.

I’m not sorry I read this book, but I’m a little disappointed because I really wanted to like it more. The mystery did keep me guessing until the end, but the clunky writing style made it hard to lose myself in the story.

My Rating: 3 Stars
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    1. Their father was a pastor, but I got the vibe that neither daughter was really a huge fan of the church. One of the things that made the book choppy was that after that tone in Mercy's voice, she tells Cross she's going to college to study theology and she wants to be a youth pastor. It just seemed completely out of character. More religion would have made a lot more sense.

      Speaking of religious YA books. Have you read Devoted? It's so amazing.

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