Rating: 5 stars
‘My body was being torn apart, and my stomach felt as if it exploded. The pain was excruciating, and I was aware that I was dying… ‘Mom?’ My vision was murky, but I could see her face. It was bloody, and her eyes were large and full of fear. Her voice calmed. ‘Get out of the car, Attie.’ Her words sounded crisp and clear. I looked into the backseat in search of Melody and found her lying covered in blood in a twisted heap on the floor. I turned my attention back to my mother and out of the corner of my eye saw fire. ‘Get out, Attie!’ ‘Mom?’ Everything went dark.’
Attie Reed should have died in the wreck that stole the lives of her mother and best friend. But her life was spared. Why?
When Attie moves to Oklahoma to stay with the Bennetts for the summer, she hopes she has left her nightmares behind. But her battle is far from over, and Riley Bennett steps forward to help her fight the nighttime monsters. As the battle wears on, Riley begins fighting monsters of his own: his feelings for Attie. And Attie realizes she must begin to face the monsters of the night herself if she wants to conquer them for good. Can Attie’s life be Salvaged?
This book was so many things, but the biggest one in my mind is refreshing. Besides that, it is the most beautiful story I have ever read. Its pages were filled with things that brought so many emotions to light and had moments that will allow everyone to connect with the story and the characters in some way.
Reading Salvaged is an experience. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and so much more. At one point, I was crying so hard I had to stop reading. The scenes with Tammy and Attie’s other friends were so much fun. I loved Tammy – she said things how they were. Salvaged is written in alternating points of view – from Attie to Riley – which I absolutely loved. I love alternating POV, and in Salvaged it made the story ten times better. I loved hearing both characters thoughts, and it was fun to see how each saw the others case.
Attie the main character did annoy me at times. She let her insecurities just block her way too much. That aside, she is a character most people, especially teenage girls, can connect with. I also loved how throughout the story she goes through so much, yet her faith in God is rock solid. Riley seriously is a dream guy. You blows so many other literary hotties out of the water! Seriously, if I could ever find a guy just a fraction of how perfect and sweet he was, it would be amazing. Another thing about this book was the fact that Jesus was a main character. When I started reading, I had no idea he would be such a huge part of the book, and the scenes with him grew to be some of my favorite parts of the book.
The story was so heart breaking, but at the same time was a story of such strong growth. I mentioned above how Salvaged was refreshing. Let me tell you why – it was the most perfect love story and you didn’t need sex or anything like that to make it so. It was innocent and perfect.
Salvaged was a story filled with amazing characters that I could read about forever. I loved every single character and what they brought to the table. The story is just wow. A single girl has about everything that can go wrong happen to her, but she has the most amazing people in the world to walk through life by her. This is simply one of the best love stories I have ever read.