Locked, by Parker Witter

20 Apr

lockedFormat: e-book, 96 pages

Publisher: Poppy Books

Published: August 19, 2014

ISBN: 9780316366496

Genre: YA fiction

Back cover blurb: “It had always been the three of us, and then it was the two of us – Ed and August. There was not, nor had there ever been a chance of a Noah and August. And that was fine. Because the truth was I had known Noah forever but I still had no idea who he really was. Especially not now. ”

In this sizzling novella, one girl must choose between loyalty and love.

August had the two best guy friends a girl could ask for in Noah and Ed. Then Ed confessed he felt more for her – and their new relationship changed everything. She had hoped it would be Noah that she’d end up with someday, but it’s clearer than ever that Noah’s just not interested in being a one-girl guy.

When the small seaplane the three of them are on crashes, August finds herself injured and marooned on an island with … Noah. Unsure of what’s become of Ed, August and Noah do their best to not lose hope as they fight to survive on an island that is not as deserted as they first believed. But fighting the elements – and their attraction to each other – becomes a losing battle.

Soon, a secret from Noah’s past that could bind them to the island forever is revealed, and August must choose between giving into her feelings for him, or struggling to make it back home.

My review: This wasn’t what I was expecting. Locked is the book upon which the movie in Rebecca Serle’s Famous is based, and which the author also decided to write under a pseudonym. I met her at a book event last October and got a signed copy of Famous, so I figured I would read this one first so I knew what the movie would be about. What I wasn’t expecting were the paranormal elements of the story, which seemed to come out of left field and be accepted as perfectly normal.

Maybe it was the short length of the book, but everything seemed quite rushed. I liked Noah and August (strange name for a girl), even though she was a terrible girlfriend to Ed, and the suddenness of the ending left me wanting more. I will read Famous now and hope this story gets developed more.

My rating: 3/5

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