I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder by Cookie O'Gorman
on April 5, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, romance, Murder, Mystery
Format: kindle e-book
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
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In the south, everyone has a secret--and murder is served with sweet tea.
The word's out: Ethan Wilder’s coming back to town, and the people of Bowie, Georgia are in a southern tizzy. Everyone knows the story. He shot and killed his sister four years ago, and people say his father, Jim Wilder, the biggest holy roller this side of the Mississippi, sent him packing for just that reason. Even if her death was unofficially ruled a suicide, Ethan’s return has everybody talking.
Seventeen-year-old Delilah Doherty can’t go anywhere without hearing his name. Born and raised in Bowie, Delilah knows firsthand about the gossipmongers and how they love a good scandal. The daughter of a wild child and niece of the local psychic, she’s also the only one who doubts Ethan’s guilt.
After Ethan saves her life, the two start a slow and steady burn neither can deny. But when Bowie's spiritual leader is nearly murdered, it rocks the small southern town to its core. Delilah and Ethan are caught in the crossfire, their relationship threatened before it's even begun. Someone has it out for Ethan's family. With everyone convinced of Ethan's guilt, it's up to Delilah to unravel the mystery before someone else gets hurt or worse...dead.
YA Romance with lots of mystery and a bit of suspense.
Unexpected! Sweet! Cute!
This is not Ethan Wilder’s story. Yes, we learn about him (he is adorable), but this is Delilah’s show. She is the main character here and this book is about her daily life and how she lives it. Even her romance with Ethan Wilder.
- Addictiveness: The mystery is very well written and hooked me from the beginning. There is also the cute romance in the background as a bonus.
- Character: hero 5/5, heroine 5/5, secondary characters 4/5, growth 5/5, real 5/5 OMG! Really, they were all so good. Ethan is perfect! I love him. I love a brooding bad boy that is only tough on the outside. Delilah is also amazing. Really she is bully but she knows what she wants and she goes after it. She doesn’t let others misconceived notions bother her and she is always after the truth. Gutsy girl! So many amazing secondary characters, I love Delilah’s family. Now, I have to say I think the teacher/bully was a bit too much. It didn’t feel quite possible to be real. They were all easy to love, connect and understand.
- Cover: art 5/5, title 3.5/5, subtitle 5/5, color-font 5/5, buy 5/5 I love this cover. The boy is hot at the same time looks like a bit of a troublemaker. I don’t know, he got a James Dean rebel’s vibe. The title… I don’t know. I guess I find a crazy one, but because it is so crazy I felt the attraction. I think I would buy this book by the cover only.
- Freshness: Yes! Very fresh, different, original. Really, the YA romance behind this huge mystery was great. Unique!
- Plot: believable 4/5, conflict 5/5, dialogue 5/5, ending 5/5, enjoyment 5/5, opening 4/5, pace 3.5/5, setting 5/5, subplots 5/5, twists 5/5 Great opening and wonderful ending. Perfect conflict and dialogues very well written. A bit slow-paced at the beginning, but it picks up fast. Enough subplots to enhance the story. The story was believable and wonderful. Even though I solved part of the mystery early I was kept on the edge of my seat most of the story.
- Romance: believable 5/5, chemistry 5/5, description 5/5, development 5/5, steam 1/5 Great love story. Is very slow build, it is only one more thing going on in Delilah’s life, but is undeniable. Their story is sweet and very YA how it should be. I liked it. Ethan is almost the perfect book-boyfriend. Swoon-worthy!
- Writing Style: Great! Wonderful plot, with good mystery and sweet romance. Perfect characters with lots of depth. A perfect YA sweet romance.
- I know bullying exist and I even can believe some teachers can be part of it. But here is was over the top, I really cringe at those moments.
A very unexpected, great surprise. I guess I didn’t know what to expect of this book, since I haven’t read the author before. I have truly enjoyed!
32/35 STARS – 4.5 STARS (between 31.5 and 33/35 stars)
Addictiveness: 5 Character: 5 Cover: 4.5 Freshness: 4 Plot: 4 Romance: 5 Writing Style: 4.5
- Action 3/5
- Angst 2/5
- Darkness 0/5
- Humor 3.5/5
- Romance 5/5
- Suspense/Mystery 5/5
- Would I recommend? I would recommend this book for everyone that enjoys mystery with a dash of YA romance.
- Would I re-read this book? Yes
- Would I re-read this series? Is not a series.
- Would I read more from the author? I really would like to read more from the author.
You MAY read this because you like mystery; you SHOULD read this because you enjoy YA romance; you MUST read this because Ethan Wilder is Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable PERFECT!!!
“So,” Wilder said, “how much for the ride?”
I eyed him wearily. Seconds ago he’d looked like he was going to be sick. Now, he was teasing?
“Free?” He feigned surprise. “Wow Doherty, I didn’t know you cared.”
Alright, if he wanted to play, I wasn’t above a little teasing.
“Information,” I said, crossing my arms. Despite myself, I was still interested. “You like the truth so much, tell me something I don’t know, something about you. The real Ethan Wilder.”
“You mean, besides the fact that I killed my sister?”
His delivery was inspired, but I rolled my eyes.
“You did not,” I said.
“Oh?” His gaze narrowed. “You don’t believe me?”
“Not a chance.” I shook my head; no way did I believe that. “The truth, Wilder.”
Crossing his own arms, he said, “I’m gay.”
“You’re what?!” I nearly swallowed my tongue.
Ignoring my outburst, he went on.
“I’ve loved you, Delilah, half my life.”
At that, my heart skipped a beat. How could he say something like that so easily?
“I killed my sister.” He waited for his words to sink in. “If I told you only one of those statements is true,” he said, stare fastened to my face, “which would you believe?”
I thought it over. The first had to be a lie. I’d seen him with too many girls. No way Wilder was batting for the same team. I automatically discarded the second statement. It couldn’t be true either. I hadn’t met Wilder before this year, so his being in love with me for any extended period of time was simply impossible. His being in love with me at all was inconceivable. That left what he’d said about his sister. The idea flitted through my brain, in and out in less than a breath. The more I knew of Wilder, the more convinced I became that some terrible, terrible mistake had been made four years ago. I didn’t believe for a second he’d killed his sister, not even when he said it so convincingly. To think, the same person who’d jumped into that lake could be capable of such an unspeakable offense. No, whatever else he was, Ethan Wilder was not a murderer. He just couldn’t be.
Considering my options, I settled on the only possibility.
“So, you’re gay.” I shrugged. “No big deal. Next time I see Ronnie, I’ll let him know you’re fair game.”
Wilder laughed. The sound was real, filled with complete abandon. Hearing him laugh like that, knowing I’d caused that break in his cool façade, made a strange ache bloom in my chest. I wanted to hear that laugh again and again.
“You do that,” he said, stepping outside. “I’ll see you, Doherty.”
Unable to resist, I said, “Should I tell Ronnie to get your coffee from now on? I’m sure he wouldn’t mind, seeing as how you love it so much.”
Wilder peered through the open door.
“I hate coffee,” he said seriously.
“You do?” I asked confused.
He nodded. “Always have.”
“I’ll see you.”
Shutting the door, he took his time walking up the stone pathway.