Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Release Day Release ft. Review + Giveaway—Waterfall Effect by K.K. Allen

Release Date: February 28, 2018
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen / Okay Creations


Lost in the shadows of a tragedy that stripped Aurora June of everything she once loved, she’s back in the small town of Balsam Grove, North Carolina, ready to face all she’s kept locked away for seven years. Or so she thinks.
As one of the victims of a string of mysterious disappearances in the small, picturesque Appalachian Mountain town, darkness has become her home—her safe blanket when the world reveals its true colors. But as the walls of darkness start to move in on her, she knows the only way to free herself from her past is to face it, head-on. She just needs to figure out how. Upon arrival, Aurora isn’t expecting her first collision to be with the boy she left all those years ago. The boy who betrayed her trust with no regrets. The boy who is no longer a boy, but a man with the same stormy eyes that swept her into his current before she ever learned to swim. She’d thought he was safe. He’d thought their path was mapped out. Turns out neither of them was ready for the crash at the bottom of the cascade.



“Even heroes have their weaknesses.”

K. K. Allen has quickly become an author where I don’t even have to read the synopsis to know I’ll fall in love with the beautiful way she has with words. After Up in the Treehouse, I said I’d follow her anywhere. And here we are with Waterfall Effect—a story that’s about forgiveness, redemption, and love. It’s always about love. Then there’s me—the one whose fallen so deeply, I don’t know how to get back up. Do I even want to? Regardless, THIS IS A STORY you mustn’t skip. For so many reasons but the main one being that the writing is simply poetic and beautiful. 

“My mind is spinning when I give in to the memories of the boy that made my heart beat against my chest the way the water beats against the boulders.”

Aurora is the center of trauma and scandal from being taken, held captive, and left for dead by the hands of a monster. Resulting in Aurora becoming terribly broken. Leaving behind her home, the only boy she ever loved, Aurora seeks life elsewhere as she tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her heart. Then six years later, she’s back and everything’s remained the same yet everything’s different. But the town wants her out—and they’ll try their damnedest to do just that. Luckily, Aurora’s a strong character and when she arrives in Balsam Grove, idle threats aren’t going to make her back down.  

“He’s different than I remember in more ways than one, but the feelings swarming in my chest are all the same.”

Then there is the story of the boy she left behind, Jaxon. The love they had for each other is the kind of love thats one of kind, bone-crushing, and deeply passionate. How could two people who were always meant to be, fall apart the way they did? Even from the prologue, the story between the two was intoxicating. I HAD to know about Jaxon and Aurora and their impending downfall. Told between—past intervals—the present, with the POVs from mainly Aurora and sometimes Jax; we’re presented with a story full of raw pain, heartache, and in the end, hope. 

“I wanted to fall. 
To let his rapids carry me and take me over the edge. I wanted to live in his waterfall. 
Not drown in his cascade.”
I fully recommend this to all readers looking for something deep and meaningful. The story deals with a heroine that suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. I thought Allen did a great job with bringing to light the realistic effects that mental health can have on a person. I too, suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. At times it can be a complete nuisance. Overall, I’m completely and utterly enchanted by the Waterfall Effect. I think readers will feel the exact same way once they’ve read through the first few pages. 

“I just wanted to feel whole again. I thought it was this place that made me feel whole, but now I’m starting to realize it was you.”

*Thank you to the author for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 



Signed Paperback and $20 Amazon Gift Card

About the Author

K.K. Allen is an award-winning author and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences graduate from the University of Washington who writes heartfelt and inspirational Contemporary Romance stories mainly about "Capturing the Edge of Innocence.” K.K. currently resides in central Florida, works full time as a Digital Producer for a leading online educational institution, and is the mother to a ridiculously handsome little dude who owns her heart.
K.K.’s publishing journey began in June 2014 with the YA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy, The Summer Solstice. In 2016, K.K. published her first Contemporary Romance, Up in the Treehouse, which went on to win the Romantic Times 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best New Adult Book of the Year. With K.K.'s love for inspirational and coming of age stories involving heartfelt narratives and honest emotions, you can be assured to always be surprised by what K.K. releases next.  

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