Thursday, January 5, 2012

Indie Book of the Week: Holding Back The Day by Jamie Wasserman

Title: Holding Back The Day
Author: Jamie Wasserman
Series: Stand Alone
Published: Dec. 27, 2011 by Penumbra Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Description:
 Claire Vincent is a misunderstood and confused girl who has no friends her own age. The kids at school think she’s weird, and she’d rather be left alone than have to deal with their rude stares and hurtful comments. Her only friend is her bold and adventurous grandmother Millie, who’s traveled the world and done everything from going on safaris to flying planes. Claire wants to be just like her, but that’s much harder for her than anyone realizes. She’s not courageous enough to even try – and so she remains a loner, burying her nose in books and escaping into the imaginative magical worlds she reads about.

But when a new kid, Matt, moves next door, she finds herself slowly drawn into the world of the living, despite her misgivings. Matt would do anything to please her, and she finds herself depending on him for everything – friends, social life, and recognition. But it’s a dependence she eventually grows to despise because it just makes her own weakness that much more apparent. She yearns for more – real magic in her life, to sweep her away from the land of the boring.

When Claire’s father decides to throw her grandmother a surprise seventy-fifth birthday party despite her grandmother’s vehement aversion to celebrating birthdays, Claire finds out that a magical life might not be as desirable as she na├»vely believed. An unexpected guest at her grandmother’s party – Jack, a handsome boy new to town – seems to know Gran very well. Claire soon discovers her grandmother has been keeping a very big secret – and that secret might just be the perennially mysterious Jack.

My Review:

I really enjoyed Jamie's first book Blood and Sunlight but I have to say, this new one, is even better.

It isn't just the writing, although that is great, it is the story line and humor in this book as well.

I really enjoyed Millie and Jack's love story. And while there really wasn't ever any mystery over what Jack was, their love story was what held the mystery and getting to know them both, in love, was fabulous and sort of heartbreaking too.

Jack story was wonderful to read. I really liked Lazlo and their father son relationship, it too was a little heartbreaking to read but in a good way. It was also a little dark at times too.

I love that this book didn't necessarily end with all the answers laid out for you. That you could sort of imagine what the ending (the true ending of the story) was going to be.

Once again I think Jamie came up with a wonderful new approach to look at vampires that hasn't necessarily been told before. Something fresh and fun and a little dark and mysterious too.

I look forward to reading more from him in the future! 

This book also happens to fill one of my books for the Stand Alone  Book Challenge!


  1. I love how you always feature all these fun indie books. I am sure you purchase most for a low price. I am telling you, get an amazon link on your posts. I am more than willing to click amd buy some of these titles and you get a tiny kick back!

  2. I know! I really need to look into that.
    Is it hard to set up?