2015 · 5 Stars · Book Reviews · Retelling · Reviewed for NetGalley · Young Adult

Downcast – Cait Reynolds



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What would you do when faced with an impossible truth? Written with heart and passion, Downcast by Cait Reynolds is ripe with twists you never saw coming and love that defies the odds in this intense new Paranormal Romance retelling one of mythology’s greatest love stories.

It’s the start of Stephanie Starr’s senior year of high school, but sadly, this is no life of the prom queen. Stuck at the bottom of the high school social totem pole, Stephanie is forced by her domineering mother to wear lumpy linen dresses and eat organic tofu for lunch in a world of mini-skirts and pizza.

What Stephanie doesn’t anticipate is gorgeous and cocky Haley Smith who breaks social convention and pursues her with a determination that is both terrifying and flattering. Afraid that Haley is simply trying to set her up for massive humiliation, Stephanie does her best to push him away. But the more attention he pays to her, the more she runs, and the more everyone else begins to notice.

Instead of a loving family to support her as the mean girls make their play, Stephanie’s mother begins to unravel mentally, her possessiveness of Stephanie spiraling to new and frightening extremes. Stephanie is forced to grow up, find herself, and learn the truth about her past in order to save her mother, her friends, and her town. When the truth is revealed, nothing can prepare her for the outrageous reality of her existence…and nothing can save her from her fate.

Except Haley.


Thank you NetGalley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I was able to sit down and read the whole thing in a couple hours. It wasn’t for lack of of content but instead for the quality of the story. I just couldn’t, and didn’t want to put it down. Everything was so well detailed but it wasn’t exhausting. Everything was written with a purpose. In short I liked it, a lot.

I hate to admit that I am not knowledgeable when it comes to Greek mythology but I am definitely going to start educating myself.

I really like Steph as a character. I started off super worried that it was going to be an instant love kinda book. And ya in a way it was a little bit, but there was enough of Steph questioning what was going on to make it alright.

All of the character were so well written, they just jumped off the page. The book was also dripping in humor, which is always great in a book. 🙂

In conclusion I loved this book, and I can’t wait for the next one… there better be a second one! lol

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