The Scars Keeper
by Scarlet Wolfe | @AuthorScarlet
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: November 16
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4 LOVE IS HOPE CROWNS
Scarlet Wolfe has crafted an emotional story that not only tells of romance between two seniors in high school, but also reveals many truths about humanity. The Scars Keeper is beautiful and raw, and its message of hope and love will resonate with readers.
The Scars Keeper follows the story of Avery and Hayden as they navigate obstacles to heal and learn to love. Avery is suffocating in a world of expectations from her parents, her teachers, her boyfriend. She is trying to simply trying to stay afloat while carrying the heavy weight of this obligations, resulting in self-harm as a way to alleviate her anxiety. Her push to self-harm puts her in the path of Hayden, and helps to begin her healing. Through their relationship, readers see her become stronger, see her begin to take her life back, and, even when she is struggling after the climax of the story, see her survive. Within her story is an outlet for other youths that could be harming themselves. Part of her road to success lies in the hands of Hayden, the hero of the story, who is also running from his won issues. He has committed a crime and is in hiding from a rival MC gang. He tries to avoid getting involved, but the heart wants what it wants. Throughout his story the reader will absolutely fall in love with his huge heart. His compassion, kindness, and protective nature all serve to warm readers’ hearts toward his character. The two of them together better each other, make the world a little less daunting to face, and support each other in all aspects of their lives, which is the epitome of love.
The plot of this story has so many facets. There is the danger of the MC club, the self-harming of Avery, the social hierarchies of high school, and, of course, romance. But Scarlet Wolfe blends all of these aspects of the story perfectly. Each is given the appropriate time and attention to adequately develop the characters and plot, but more than that this story line gives voice to the idea of embracing differences of others. The Scars Keeper serves to show how each person struggles and has aspects that weight them down, but with the right support system we can survive it. It also reaffirms that idea that we need to be a little more understanding of each other and embrace differences instead of singling people out for them. At the end of the day, this novel is about more than romance and two kids, it is about being better people to create a better society.
Scarlet Wolfe has created a raw and beautiful story that exposes truths about the world and society, but it is also a story of hope and a better future where we will be more compassionate towards others. It is definitely one that needs to be on readers shelves and even in the hands of teens struggling with similar issues, as it would be a beacon of hope.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
My scars are mine alone. They’re the validation of my pain.
The anxiety, anger and sadness I bleed.
My dark secret. A grim, ugly truth.
Most of all, they’re the one thing in my life I control.
It’s inevitable that one day I’ll have to reveal them to someone. What I wasn’t expecting was to share them now with him … with Hayden.
Girls like Avery are all the same. They’re spoiled, superficial blondes who don’t appreciate mommy and daddy’s wealth.
Plastic shells that are empty on the inside.
Or so I thought … but I was wrong.
Avery’s heart is an abyss of emotions. She feels like no one I’ve ever met, wallowing in her insecurities and anguish yet savoring every exciting moment within her reach. I was blindsided by the immense love she was willing to give once she trusted me, and I was left with no choice but to trust her, too, exposing my own pain and scars.
I hate myself for caving in … for loving her. How do you let go of the one person you let in? How do you say goodbye to the girl who trusted you with her body and soul?
I have to leave Avery, and where I’m going, I can’t take her with me. She’s going to believe I built her up only to tear her down, but what she doesn’t realize is unlike her, I can’t change my destiny. I was born into the Knights Union MC, and it’s where I’ll go to die.
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Scarlet Wolfe began writing in January of 2013 as a way to distract and heal from some of the grief she was dealing with after the death of her teenage son.
She instantly fell in lovewith bringing characters to life. Releasing contemporary romance throughout 2013, she branched out in 2014, adding erotica and teen. In 2015, her first romantic mystery/suspense, The Cassano Series, came to fruition.
When not writing, Scarlet enjoys her time with family and friends and has an addiction to Pinterest. She loves bacon, coffee, stories about possessive, hot alpha males, and other flavors of ice cream besides vanilla. 😉
She hopes her writing will encourage readers to explore their sexuality.