Title: Sublime Karma
Author: Peyton Garver
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 30, 2016
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.25 / 5 stars
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥/♥♥♥♥♥
When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her? Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?
*I was sent this book by the author and YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*
Sublime Karma follows two main characters – Brie and Jake. Jake is a popular guy, he is on the football team, and everyone seems to like him. Brie is the new girl, who has attracted the attention of a number of people – and not all for good reasons.
Jake wants to get to know her but she seems to keep everyone at arms length and doesn’t seem too interested in making friends. Not like that is going to stop him.
We learn that Brie has quite a bit of baggage, I’m not going to go into detail and spoil anything, but she has a number of demons in her world, trying to make her fail. I did enjoy her character in the sense that she seemed real. She had real problems that a number of people her age are probably dealing with. She was able to open up to Jake and get the help that she needed, and he stuck by her.
Jake had his own secrets, but not anything like Brie’s. He dealt with them the best way he knew how – by pretending they weren’t an issue. Eventually he tells Brie his secrets as a way of getting her to trust him, and because of that, he begins to heal also.
Sublime Karma is a great story of young love and how it conquers all. I was hooked on this book from the beginning, I wanted to know what their ‘secrets’ were. I really connected with the characters and the storyline itself. Overall, this was a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it, especially to those who enjoy reading about diverse topics and mental health issues.
Thank you for stopping by to read my review of Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for allowing me to review it.
Until next time, happy reading
About The Author
As a child, Peyton called places like Livorno, Italy; Orléans, France; and Augsburg, Germany home. She has since settled in Maryland, where she earned her degree in education at Towson State University, married her sweetheart of two years, and became an instant mother to three spirited young boys before adding another son to the brood. And, with their yellow lab George, it’s no stretch to say she’s outnumbered.
When not writing, Peyton is a full time teacher. Inspired by the individual spirits, heartaches, and triumphs of her students, Peyton has developed characters who resemble real world teens dealing with real issues: relationships, jealousy, bullying, and depression. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is a contemporary story filled with emotion, depth, wit, and suspense. Sublime Karma will be published in the fall of 2016 by Soulmate Publishing. When asked if she actually involves her students in her stories, Peyton answered that her stories are completely fictional, but then admitted to an activity in which she does involve them. “One quirky, fun thing I like to do with students who have read my book is develop a dream cast for my characters. That all started when a group of girls were arguing over which actor they thought best fit the character Four in Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent. They then turned their efforts to my manuscript. I’ve since added those dream casts to my website.” When she’s not teaching or writing, Peyton enjoys traveling. The Caribbean Islands have become a favorite vacation getaway for Peyton and her husband. “Nothing is better than sitting on a beach, in front of the crystal clear sea, enveloped in the warmth of the tropical sun with a frosty piña colada and a good book that I just can’t put down.”
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