What is there not to love about a story that follows a sassy, confident Gremalian teen on the hunt to find a boy who’s supposed to save her people in a war against Gobels? Nothing, really. I enjoyed every minute of Alyssum Bracken’s story.
As a huge YA paranormal fan, it was quite the treat to stumble upon a novel with creatures I’ve never read about. Heather Young-Nichols does a fabulous job bringing to life such a sarcastic, funny, and rebellious female lead. Alyssum captured the essence of what it’s like stepping into adulthood by learning to make her own decisions when it comes to her life and what she wants to do.
Apart from Alyssum, who was a great lead, I loved several other characters, including her love interests, Jensen and Aric. Heather crafted the perfect story between them that didn’t disappoint. I also felt for Alyssum’s father, the leader of the Gremalians, and thought his character perfectly portrayed what it would be like having to be a leader all the while wanting and needing to protect his family. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for his and Alyssum’s relationship.
Another thing I loved about Grounded was the world building and how little pieces of Alyssum’s life and power were woven throughout the story. I liked how she knew she could stand up for herself, fight along with the best, and also not let others hold her back. It was refreshing.
I highly recommend this story to those who enjoy YA paranormal romance, love triangles, unique creatures, a fierce and feisty female lead, and some hot book boyfriends. I look forward to the next book in the series!
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About the Author (from Amazon)
Heather Young-Nichols has been writing since she was little. After a life hiatus from all things fun, she returned in full force and hasn’t stopped since. It’s unusual to find her without her computer, a book or her kindle unless she’s spending time with her family. And the real fun comes out during baseball season. Then, all bets are off. Heather grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a degree in Sociology. Although she’s currently living in the country, she’s always been more of a city girl.