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Swift (Swift Series Book 1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2013
I loved this story from the first page to the last. It is well plotted and the characters were so real I felt as if I knew them. They could be your next door neighbors with an added twisted of magic. The romance between the two main characters had me longing for more. It is a sweet love story among other things.

This book and its sequel felt a little like the Twilight series but was written so much better and without the vampires and werewolves. In the Twilight series I wanted to smack Bella on the back of the head a few times, but in Swift and Crest there was no desire whatsoever to tell Meredith to grow up. Her feelings are written very true to life. I suspect we will be seeing a lot more from Ms. London and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this series made into blockbuster movies one day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2013
I was so impressed by this wonderful book that certainly exceeded any expectations I may have had prior to reading. The beautiful purple cover is simply stunning and I can state that it is something uniquely distinctive, and different within the YA genre. Highly readable and totally unputdownable, Heather London has produced something very compelling and exciting. I instantly connected with main protagonist, Meredith, and lost myself within her own personal journey and magical adventure. The sweet teen romance was also hypnotic and similarly to Lauren Kate's Fallen or Stephanie Meyer's Twilight, it had me under the spell! If you are looking for a thrilling new YA paranormal romance with a supernatural twist, then I urge you to read this brilliant book full of action-packed drama and suspense.

*Short Synopsis:

Meredith Martin is being hunted by evil, for something she is destined to become, but knows nothing about. After graduating from high school, Meredith is ready to leave the place that has been a constant reminder of what happened to her as a child. She was just eight years old when her family died in a mysterious car accident, taking the secret of her destiny with them. It's not until a new family moves to town that she realizes leaving may not be as easy as she once thought.

Meredith feels an instant connection towards the Harpers, especially the good-looking, mysterious Blake and his overly friendly sister, Abby. After a series of bizarre events that happen too often to be coincidence, Meredith begins to realize that she is at the centre of something larger than herself - possibly the same thing that killed her parents and twin sister many years ago. Nightmarish visions and resurfacing memories push Meredith closer to Blake, leading her to discover her destiny and other buried secrets.

As Meredith tries to understand her new world, she will be put to the ultimate test, and her strength and courage will be challenged more than she ever imagined...

Meredith's journey is full of twists and turns, which not only make you feel a real part of the story but that leave you sat on the edge of your seat anxious to find out what is going to happen next. The author cleverly combines current contemporary fiction with a teenage outlook, which certainly will appeal to a large readership (with the genre ever increasing in popularity). Sucked into this seductive story, I am now desperate to read on and continue the story in book 2 "Crest".

*I would like to thank the author for sending me a paperback copy of `Swift' to read and review*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2013
This was a nice 2 part series.

Its a coming of age story where a girl discovers a secret world of magic exists and that she is actually a powerful witch.

It's a sweet love story really and is light and not dark in any way. Good for teens and those who like happy endings
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2014
Going and against the consensus here but I found this a little weak. I liked the premise initially but found Meredith and blakes relationship a bit too much. It seemed to move too quickly - I like this build up. And then**********SPOILER ALERT***********
it ended with time travel ?? No thanks. :)
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I’m usually a massive fan of supernatural Y/A fiction, but for me, this one fell a little flat. I liked the premise – young witch discovers she has powers and a secret family history that puts her at the centre of a magical conflict that spans across time. But less than a month after finishing this book, I’ve already forgotten most that happened. It was readable, but it just didn’t have that ‘X’ factor that kept me hooked. One of the only things that has stuck with me is that the love story wasn’t entirely convincing. For the speed and apparent intensity that the two main characters fell in love, there wasn’t much passion in the writing to back it up. The male character also had pretty strong views on his duty to protect the innocent naïve female at any cost, which was quite irritating at times.
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on 22 June 2015
'Swift' follows the story of 18 year-old Meredith Martin whose family died in a car accident ten years ago. She has always felt that she never really fits in with others her age until she meets Abby and Blake Harper, a brother and sister new to the town. Strange coincidences begin to unfold until Meredith is revealed the truth about herself. I admittedly was not hooked from the first page and I found the story quite dormant in terms of action and revelations, which did not occur until about half-way through the book. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed reading Meredith's story and I liked how realistic her situation was before she found out her true identity. I will read the next book to discover what happens and would recommend this book to those who enjoy mystery/fantasy and romance.
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on 3 August 2013
This was a good well-written read that follows the classic path of girl meets boy with a mix of evil and supernatural powers and in this case time travel.
Meredith had a tragic childhood losing her twin sister and parents in a cat accident. She feels different from others and has a couple of friends at the beginning of the story who leave after graduation. She then meets Abby and Blake who she falls for very quickly.
I think that this, with a teensy bit more editing and some vocabulary changes and just a little bit more of Meredith's deeper feelings could have been much more. Blake's angst over their relationship too seemed to be glossed over and dismissed quickly.
However it is a good read and suitable for teenagers up.
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on 8 February 2014
This is a powerful story which takes the reader on a journey with the characters, giving it a real personal feel. I loved Blake's and Merediths relationship, however the story did feel slightly Twilight-y with the whole family and boyfriend situation. But it was a really pleasant read which made me want to keep reading- I finished the book in less than two days! Perfect book choice for someone wanting a light read to take their minds off everyday stress and worries :)
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on 18 July 2013
This book was so great i read it in 2 and a half hours continuous as soon as i picked it up i couldn't take my off it it was so clever just like Heather London as soon as Blake left i couldn't stop crying until they got back from the church wow so great!!xx
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on 4 June 2013
The book is so different and perfect and Crest follows it perfectly. If u buy this book be prepared to buy Crest as it is impossible not to crave more of this amazingly sweet story which is quite simply perfect.
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