Secrets of the Tally by Halie Fewkes

Synopsis

Meet Allie: she’s just woken up in an empty forest with blood on her hands and everything she’s ever known wiped from her mind. In her survival-oriented world, people are hunted by vicious predators and it quickly becomes clear that they are specifically hunting her.
Allie’s friends and sister have no insight as to why she’s a target, and her only clue is a list of tally marks she finds tucked away, detailing how many lives she’s saved and how many deaths she’s caused. Judging by the amount of ink slashed across the page and the fact that nobody seems to know about it, Allie knows she used to have secrets that need to be recovered.
Without knowing whom to trust, she finds herself drawn to a new stranger in the caves they call home, and even though he won’t talk about his own past, he’s ready to help Allie recover hers.
The problem now is that Allie’s instinct to survive is the only thing strong enough to bring her memories back. Flashes of her old self will only surface to save her from life threatening danger, so if she wants to avoid living as an echo of her former self, danger is what she must seek.

 As a note, an ARC/ finished copy of this novel was sent to me by the publisher and or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions in any way.

Review

I love the author’s writing style and clever ways of expressing things. There is a perfect blend of mystery and adventure in this book, and the emotional descriptions were well crafted. The world building is exceptional, and the backstory is intriguing. I had a hard time pulling away from the book to do real life things like sleeping.

First of all, I fell in love with the book cover, it’s so beautiful. The story is entertaining and it’s action-packed right from the very first pages, making it fast-paced and incredibly easy to read. There are usually some tell-tale signs that a book has been self-published but I honestly didn’t see any, and only knew when I got to the acknowledgments page at the end of the book.

Allie is a strong female character/ protagonist, despite her memory loss, I also really liked Archie- even when he turned out to not be what I expected. I don’t want to give too much away because it was such fun to have the mystery aspect to it while reading, and learning things at the same pace as the main character, and don’t want to take that away from anyone else.

All I have left to say is that you guys should totally pick up a copy of this book!

Pages: 320


Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5/5!

 

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