ARC Review: Catherine by April Linder

CatherineCatherine by April Linder
Release Date: January 2 2013
Publisher: Poppy
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 320
Genre: YA/Contemporary
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Synopsis:
A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.

Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?

Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.

Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed Catherine. It has been years since I've read Wuthering Heights so I will not be able to make an accurate comparison between the two. That being said I loved this book.

The dual POV's of both Chelsea an Catherine are great. We get an amazing glimpse of both the present and the past from both mother and daughter's perspective. 

As Chelsea searches for answers as to what happened to her mother, she unlocks the clues that lead her to a world unlike anything she knows. Driven to find out the truth, Chelsea helps bring closure to not only herself but to the love of her mother's life. 

This story has such a dynamic backgrond and the characters were well written. The life that Chelsea is currently living mirrors her mothers past and works well. I really enjoyed the flash backs of Catherine. Chelsea is a very determined character and I love that she didn't give up. No matter what obsticles she came across. Hence is such a damaged character. He is so jaded and wounded that he uses his anger as a defense mechanism. But even though he is rude and surely, you can't help but root for him. I wanted him to find his happiness so badly.

This was a great tragic love story with great hope and inspiration. I enjoyed the characters, plot and modern theme of Catherine. It was extremely heart breaking on so many levels. If you are looking for a romantic read then Catherine is for you.

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