Thursday, 30 October 2014

Book: The Donor by Nikki Rae

I received a copy of The Donor in exchange for my review.

Casey's family is making it by on a shoestring, and though she knows that she is ill, Casey doesn't want to burden them with another set of bills. When she discovers MyTrueMatch.com she also discovers a way that she can make money, fast, as well as help hide the extent of her condition from her parents, not wanting them to know that she only has 2 months left to live. Meeting Jonah, who she felt a connection to online, only brings home the extent of her illness to Casey, but there are some connections that just can't be denied.

I'm not sure I'm emotionally stable after reading The Donor. I've read the Sunshine series by Nikki Rae before so knew that she could pack a punch emotionally, but even so I wasn't expecting The Donor to hit me quite that hard.

I'll be honest from the beginning, if you're looking for a happy ending then this isn't the place to find one, though I did find the ending peaceful (if that makes sense) so it wasn't a bad ending by any stretch of the imagination. There were two ways that the ending could go, and the more I read the clearer it became that the happier ending for Casey just wasn't the right fit, and I think that's what really packed the punch.

The paranormal elements of The Donor were subtle and worked well with the rest of the story. You could have the same hard hitting emotions if the paranormal elements weren't there, which shows how subtle they were, but it didn't feel like they'd been added in for the sake of it. In fact the whole story was woven together in a way that just worked.

As a character Casey was well developed. Her reasons for keeping such bad news to herself were human, there was no doubt that a lot of people would do the same and hope that the problems went away. How she dealt with them though was brave, and I doubt a lot of people would make the same selfless choice that she made at the end of The Donor.

If you read this book, make sure you have some tissues to hand. It isn't a light read but I feel that reading it was well worth the time. A hauntingly beautiful and tragic story.


Synopsis:

Casey Williams and her family are poor. Her parents work non-stop and so does she, just so they can keep the trailer roof from leaking.
They’re getting by fine enough when the headaches start. Then there’s the nosebleeds. And the inevitable doctor’s bills.
Fortunately for Casey, there’s MyTrueMatch.com: an exclusive, quick, and almost easy way to pay it all back before her parents even have to know.
All she has to do is give a man she’s never met whatever he wants from her body.

Author Bio:
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.
I've attached the book cover, some teasers, and ARCs, if you signed up for one, or just want to read it (if you've read the parts before, there's a new afterword from me in this version). : )

There's a book trailer that's private as of right now, but it'll be public by the time of the cover reveal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNxBlixAYb8&list=UUDVYdYJ6eop-FceC5CpBWAw
I'm also trying to get supporters on Thunderclap for The Donor and I need 100 people by  October 30th, so if you could share this link, that would be awesome: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/16150-become-a-donor
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