Do you love beach reads? What about YA fantasy? How about stories with themes of found families, faith, and friendship? Then Iridescent by S. H. Everly is the next book for you!
Growing up most of her life in Chicago, seventeen year old Katrina’s world is shattered when her Aunt Jan tells her they are moving back to California. Not only is she ripped from the only home she’s ever known, but Kate’s best friend Brandon vanishes from her life – not returning calls or messages. Kate’s grief is palpable and relatable as she navigates her new life in California. Things aren’t easy for Kate. There are many secrets including what really happened to her parents twelve years ago and who her mother truly was – a single map left by her mother is the only clue (at first). Kate is not alone as she adjusts to her new life as she befriends Matt, who volunteers at the aquarium, and Kristen, a competitive surfer. She also meets and falls for Jared, a boy who’s literally been dreaming of her since before she arrived. However, after a trip to Hawaii, Kate’s life takes an unexpected turn. Will Kate be able to accept the truth? Will Jared accept Kate for who she really is? Will faith, love, and friendship persevere?
This was a beautiful coming of age story with fantastic fantasy elements. I am so excited for the Iridescent Series to continue! I will say that I guessed a pretty big twist, but I was so hoping for it that guessing it didn’t spoil the read for me – it made me love the story even more! Overall, I give this story 4 out of 5 stars. There were a few moments the timeline was a bit confusing, and I’m still confused on how she got a diamond at one point – but the character development, overall storyline, and Christian themes are all exquisite! I highly recommend this clean YA fantasy to teen and adult readers alike!
Thank you Fictional Friends Tours for including me on the book tour! As a book tour participant, I did receive a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.