Blog Tour Review: Summer’s Edge by Dana Mele

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I had no idea where this book was going and I honestly still don’t know how to feel about it.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Dana Mele for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: YA Horror
Publishing Date: May 31, 2022

I Know What You Did Last Summer meets The Haunting of Hill House  in this atmospheric, eerie teen thriller following an estranged group of friends being haunted by their friend who died last summer.

Emily Joiner was once part of an inseparable group—she was a sister, a best friend, a lover, and a rival. Summers without Emily were unthinkable. Until the fire burned the lake house to ashes with her inside.

A year later, it’s in Emily’s honor that Chelsea and her four friends decide to return. The house awaits them, meticulously rebuilt. Only, Chelsea is haunted by ghostly visions. Loner Ryan stirs up old hurts and forces golden boy Chase to play peacemaker. Which has perfect hostess Kennedy on edge as eerie events culminate in a stunning accusation: Emily’s death wasn’t an accident. And all the clues needed to find the person responsible are right here.

As old betrayals rise to the surface, Chelsea and her friends have one night to unravel a mystery spanning three summers before a killer among them exacts their revenge.

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Dana Mele is a Pushcart-nominated writer based in the Catskills. A graduate of Wellesley College, Dana holds degrees in theatre, education, and law. Dana’s debut, PEOPLE LIKE US, was published in 2018 and shortlisted for the 2019 ITW Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. A second YA thriller, SUMMER’S EDGE, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in Spring 2022, followed by TRAGIC, a graphic novel retelling of Hamlet from Legendary Comics.

Author Links:

Review (no spoilers)

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Hello hello! I’m apparently continuing my marathon of YA horror/thriller novels with my review today.

Summer’s Edge is a book that I have no idea how to rate. I think I’ve ultimately settled on calling this book a 3.75 (something not possible to notate with WordPress’ star block). I was thoroughly enjoying the first 1/3 of the book until I suddenly felt like the story was becoming too convoluted and nonsensical, making it hard for me to follow what exactly was going on. It felt like I was reliving my experience of reading The Taking of Jake Livingston—a book I rated 2 stars because all it did was confuse the heck out of me while being incredibly grotesque. By the time I was 2/3 into the book, I was convinced I was going to be rating this 3 stars. Right when I thought I was set in my rating and enjoyment level, a twist occurred (one that not entirely unexpected), the narrator changed, and I was suddenly back to enjoying myself. How do you rate a book like that?

The entire cast of this book are unlikeable and unreliable, but that is the whole point. The reader is constantly forced to try and piece things together themselves, questioning everything they’ve read up until that point. Unlikable characters is usually something that makes the reading experience unenjoyable for me, but somehow the execution in this novel made it work. If you’re looking to pick this up, you’ll have to be ready to adapt to this aspect of the plot and accept that you’re not always going to be able to rationalize and understand the events that are occurring. Suspend your disbelief, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

Summer’s Edge was released this week, so if you’re interested, don’t forget to grab your copy at the links above!

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