Crushed Sugar by Kimber An

Title: Crushed Sugar
(Book One of the Ophelia Dawson Chronicles)
Author: Kimber An
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Publication Date: 3-24-2011
ISBN: 978-1-936394-90-6
Genre: YA, Paranormal romance
Length: 57 pages
Heat Level: Sweet
Reviewer: TJ
Date: May 25, 2011

Be careful what you wish for.

Ophelia's had a wicked crush on Martin since they were kids, but she was always just his geeky little friend. Then, on the first day of her junior year, he's suddenly and wildly attracted to her. She can't imagine what's changed, but shocking her small school's social order fills her with vindication for insults suffered.

Ophelia meets Adrian right after and true love extinguishes the wicked crush. In secret, he gives her courage against a specter threat.

Tristan is pale and hungry, and draws Martin's immediate ire. He knows things about Ophelia which she assumes are delusions brought on by an aggravated illness like her own, diabetes. When battle breaks out between his ancient race and new blood, even the courage of her secret love might be crushed.

I found this to be a very enjoyable prequel to Sugar Rush and it answered a lot of questions for me as to why someone as intelligent as Ophelia would ever be with a bully like Martin. It also left me wanting many more answers and a longing for another chapter in Ophelia’s chronicles. The young heroine and her sister are extremely likable and easy to relate to. I loved the fact the twins had such different personalities and that Ophelia was on the nerdy side. My only issue was that for a young adult novel some of the language and situations seemed a little too mature for younger readers. I look forward to seeing what else Kimber An can create and share with us.

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July 15, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Thank you, Valerie!

September 1, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Hey, Val, just FYI, that's not the cover of Crushed Sugar up there.

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