Friday, August 15, 2014

Joint book review of Surviving Raine (Surviving Raine #1) by Shay Savage

As the captain of a schooner catering to the elite on the Caribbean Seas, Sebastian Stark does his best to avoid any human encounters. Interacting with people isn’t his thing, and he prefers the company of a bottle of vodka, a shot glass, and maybe a whore. There’s no doubt he’s hiding from a checkered past, but he does well keeping everything to himself…

…until the night his schooner capsizes, and he’s stuck on a life raft with one of the passengers.

Raine’s young, she’s cute, and Bastian would probably be into her if he wasn’t suffering from alcohol withdrawal. As the days pass, DTs, starvation, and dehydration become the norm. Even the most closed person starts to open up when he thinks he’s going to die, but when she realizes their traumatic pasts are connected, it’s no longer the elements that have Bastian concerned.

He has no idea how he’s going to Survive Raine.

Melody: I had no idea what to expect when I started this book. It was recommended highly to me by MANY of my bookwormy friends.  You guys won this time lol.

Betsy: Um, YES.  I can't believe this sat in my TBR list for so long before I finally got around to it!!! Melody read it and that was the final push for me. Thanks, Lina!!! 

Anyone else watch Lost back in the day?! Although it was under different circumstances, this book reminded me so much of that show! I kept thinking of this when they got to the island (lol):

Betsy: This is the first book I've read in it's entirety from a males POV and I LOVED it. Thank you, Shay! As mentioned in the synopsis, Sebastian Stark aka Bastian, is the captain of a schooner. There's a big storm that capsizes said schooner and he ends up in a raft with one of his passengers.

Melody: This is probably the third book I've ever read that was entirely in a male POV. I didn't know how I would feel about it; sometimes I did miss the female POV but somehow Shay Savage made it work. I also really enjoyed reading a book set in a survival situation.  I watch a lot of survival shows so it was cool to feel like I was in survival mode.

Betsy: Bastian. He's an ASSHOLE. He is definitely one of the most infuriating fictional men I have ever encountered. Bastian is just such a  jerk!!!! As I read I kept thinking "This guy is something else!" but even from the beginning, I knew there was more to him than his rough exterior.

Melody: This book took me places I wasn't expecting to go! It was a little tough at first to be in Daniel (Bastian's) head but it didn't take too long to start to see his true colors. He's a complex character with a laundry list of traumatizing life events. Halfway through the book you just wanna hug him. His character growth was astounding.

Betsy: Raine is so much younger than what I felt her character is. Just based on how she carries herself and acts, I would say she was in her mid/late twenties. I really enjoyed her character because I felt that she was genuine. She was also a tough chick! I love that even when Bastian reached the highest level of douchebag, Raine stood up for herself. Also, I usually hate the whole "I'm pushing you away because I'm no good for you" thing but I loved that Raine was like "NO, SIR!"

OOOOH!  Something I found super interesting is the whole The Hunger Games thing going on! I'm not giving anything away but I really hope Shay delves more into it in the next installments of this series.

Melody: About 65% into the book. O_O

Betsy: Random Scene Squee: OMG THAT ONE SCENE where Bastian is on the other side of the island looking for food and he comes back and:

#toosoon #stillfreakingout #sohot

Betsy: Sometimes when a book isn't well written, going into details can be the death of said book. But in Surviving Raine, Shay nailed it with captivating and descriptive writing. I can't wait to follow this series!!! Go read this, ladies and gents. We highly recommend!

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