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When my parents sent me away, little did I know it would turn out to be the best and most heartbreaking summer of my life.
My complicated existence began once I moved to Feather Lake, North Carolina. A job offer and a bus ticket, and I was gone for the entire summer. My parents just forgot to mention my “vacation” would last more than a week. A little detail that didn’t sit well with me.
The ban of my existence started there. When I got extracted from the perfect summer with my friends and left with only two pieces of luggage and an angry heart.
It took two days. Two days once I got there for me to notice him the first time. And to never forget him afterwards. Two days for him to infiltrate my heart, dig his claws into its beating parts, and bleed it to death.
That summer, I met him, loved him, hated him, and now I can never forget him.
Cast Away is book one in the Wrecked series. It is part of the Medora Beach universe.
The blade fell from my grip, landing next to the discarded letters on the floor as I watched the line of blood dotting my fair skin and trickling across the surface of my forearm. I held my breath, waiting for the sting of pain. The one I couldn’t seem to run away from. Something that would remind me I was alive. In the last three years, I had become an addict. To physical pain.
Every time the memory of who I lost took over my thoughts, it twisted my insides. Made me vulnerable. I couldn’t think straight, disconnected from my emotions, but dying to feel something. Anything.
Blood dripped onto the floor, and I followed the path, hypnotized by the pattern.
Still, I felt nothing. Blank.
My head spun, and I blinked.
My gaze drifted to my arm, mentally begging for the aftershock to kick in. For the physical pain to erase the mental one.
After what seemed like forever, the twinge on my forearm, just below the crease of my elbow finally hit me, and oxygen returned to my lungs as I took a deep inhale, escaping the prison of numbness that had suffocated me seconds ago.
My eyes flitted to the mirror above my dresser. I looked haunted. Shadows undermined my eyes. And sadness—I wished it would vanish—lingered in my irises.
The first time I used a blade was the summer after my thirteenth birthday. At the time, I had no idea how to cope with my grief. Until a girl from my gym class shared how she relieved the paralyzing emotions that sometimes crippled her after her mother’s death.
She put into words the feelings that were drowning me inside. The ones I refused to talk about because they hurt too much. Her words resonated with me. For once, they made sense to the confused and heartbroken girl I was back then.
In a way, grief broke me. It made me weak. And ashamed of myself when I let my emotions rule me. The ones I tried to conceal deep inside for as long as I could remember. Until I couldn’t bury them in anymore. That was the moment I started cutting myself. Because in a twisted manner, it helped It helped soothing my troubled mind. And releasing the tension coiling tight inside of me.
I liked this despite misunderstanding the blurb & not realising that this is only the beginning of a multi book featuring the same main character, who was 17 in this book. I thought it would begin with the summer she was 17 and then follow her on from there as she matures & see her interactions with the two boys over the next few years. I knew it was tagged as YA & it very much is YA, good given her age.
Ava has been kept in the dark about previous events & why Ryder is so close to her aunt & uncle, unfortunately this isn't resolved.
It definitely sets up the future potential storylines & heavily hints at past events & her parents current problems making me interested to read the next book(s).
Not what I was expecting but good all the same.
As a reader I would like to take this time to remind you to check the content warnings. And be warned this angsty read leaves you on a cliffhanger.
Emmanuelle has a way of writing books that are so emotional and heart wrenching that it surprised me that this was a YA book. I feel for these characters and struggled to put the book down last night. While reading I felt myself tensing and my pulse picking up and so I forced myself to step away and get my head on right-go make a cup of tea and breathe... The kind of writing it takes to elicit a physical reaction is just so immense. This book was so emotionally riveting.
This book starts as kind of a love triangle almost... Our FMC Ava meets Joseph on the bus ride down to her uncle's house in Feather Lake, where she is spending the summer at her parent's request. He quickly gets under her skin with his upbeat golden retriever vibes. You know the one who constantly brings you the ball and you want to tell him to go away but you can see he's so happy, you couldn't possibly ignore... THAT ONE. And Ryder gave me huge bully vibes from the gate. But later that bully turns into seriously protective. Which our FMC totally deserves, this poor girl has been through the ringer. It just makes you remember that you never know the struggles someone is fighting behind closed doors.
Cast Away by Emmanuelle Snow
Ok I was not expecting this book to suck me and lock me down as much as this book did from the beginning. I am so not going to say much because you guys this book is so good and you need to read for yourself so no giving any of it away. What I will say is that I am on the edge of my seat waiting for what happens next thanks to the way we are left with this cliffhanger. You are going to enjoy these three and you won’t know which guy you think is better for Ava. I mean on one hand I absolutely love them both but the way Ryder just stand out I can’t explain. He won me over even though at first he wasn’t my favorite but then he just stood out. Then we have Joseph who is this sweet perfect guy from the beginning. However he is just not it or is it just me I think there is something off about him. His sweetness and perfect personality almost seem fake and he is hiding something like he is acting. Too good to be true kind of thing. I don’t know you guys I’m so confused on who Ava should be with. I mean I know I pick Ryder but maybe I will change my mind when we get the continuation. Geez the wait will be torture. Definitely highly recommend.
This intense and emotional read had me gripped by the heart from page one and I devoured it all instantly. Ava goes through a lot of emotional moments that has her being sent to her aunt and Uncle’s for the summer and while this is not ideal for her, what she doesn’t know is this will be a life-changing time for her. There are those who are holding on to secrets that they just can’t tell her and it’s slowly eating away at her all the while she is trying to enjoy her time and her life. I don’t want to give anything away because this book is something that you will want to devour without anyone spoiling it for you I just know that right now I am Team Ryder even though he hasn’t come off as the best at times, I just know that there is something that calls to me the way it does Ava and although Joseph is just as amazing I can’t help but think there’s going to be something that doesn’t add up, but I could be totally wrong here. I’m on the edge waiting to see what will happen in the next book because this does end on a cliff hanger, and I need my Ryder fix.
This book.. I was sucked in after the first page.
The emotions...the fact that Emmanuelle knows how to bring out every single emotion in me with her writing is impeccable.
Ava is such a relatable character that I held my breath at some points and didn't realize it. There is just so much to her and why heart broke in so many ways knowing exactly how she feels, because I've been there.
The chokehold that Ryder has on me is something SO different. I can't even explain exactly how, but I just love and adore him so much. The banter between Ava and Ryder is next level and I cannot wait to see them actually have the conversation that is needed and Ryder is avoiding.
Joseph is such a happy go lucky, goofy, sweetheart. I like him, but for some reason I do not trust him. He does and says all the right things (it's me... I'm probably the problem here), but my gut does not Ava to be with him. Their relationship is sweet and lovable though. They don't have the chemistry that her and Ryder do.
I am over here waiting for ALL the answers to the questions that I have.