Saturday, January 12, 2013

Book Review: The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

The Secret of Ella and Micha
(The Secret, #1)
by Jessica Sorensen
New Adult Contemporary
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Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:

Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.

Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. 

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Pre-Thoughts: I read and reviewed Sorensen's novel The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden and absolutely loved it. I'm dying to read that sequel so while I was waiting I decided I'd read her other novel The Secret of Ella and Micha. That was not a smart move because the sequels for both of these novels aren't out yet and I'm dying to read both of the sequels now. 

My review for The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is here. And now for my actual review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Oh my gosh! I loved this book. Seriously this book was dang good. I wasn't expecting to read this in one sitting, I wasn't expecting to fall in love with the characters, and I certainly wasn't expecting to die while waiting for the sequel to come out. Boy was I wrong.

Ella was known for being the wild girl who could get riled up easier than almost anybody. She was reckless and had no problems breaking the rules. Then tragedy strikes and she decides she needs to run away. She decides to go to college and suppress everything about her. The last thing she wants to do is to be like her mom.

But now the semester is over and it's time for Ella to go home and that means facing Micha, her best friend and the guy that she may or may not have been interested in.

Ella's sudden disappearance left Micha stunned. He hasn't been able to get over her and has been trying to track her down ever since. Now, she's back—well, kind off. The Ella that showed up is not his best friend. She's completely different. She's no longer a thrill-chaser, but a rule follower. She's trying to suppress who she is and Micha hates it. He determines right then and there to get his best friend back, no matter what it takes.

Okay so I love Jessica Sorensen. Her books are so good. They look like they are going to be about a lot of sexual tension. Read her teasers on her website and you'll think that is all there is to her novels, but that's not the case at all.

Her novels talk about deep and profound issues that her characters have to overcome. I love that. Those are the type of books I enjoy most.

This book is New Adult and so is meant for maturer audiences. It isn't overly detailed and it definitely isn't erotic, but they are definitely steamy. There are several mentions of sex and several sexual scenes, so be prepared going into this book.

I didn't think I'd like this one as much as I liked Callie and Kayden's story going into it. I was right, but I still loved this one.

If you love new adult, books about college kids, or books with a strong heroine who has to overcome a lot of crap, then this is a book that you will really enjoy. 

Sorensen is a master at building characters. Ella, Micha, Ethan, and Lila are the main characters of this novel and all four of them had such distinctive personalities. I loved that. I hate cookie-cutter characters, and Sorensen's characters are never that way. 

Her writing is fantastic or at least it was so compelling that I didn't notice otherwise. If you like realistic novels that have a little more mature audience in mind, then check this author and this noel out. 

In Summary: Sorensen's name is quickly becoming synonymous with incredible. I've read two of her books and have loved both of them. The Secret of Ella and Micha is a quick read that will leave you a little bit breathless when you finish it. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Mature audiences. Strong language, references to drug/alcohol, and several sexual innuendos and references. 

The Wrap-up: This book was very enjoyable and I'm glad I read it. I can't wait to read the next one in the series, but annoyingly enough there isn't a release date posted yet.


Danica Page

Up Next: Shattered by Dani Pettrey


  1. The title is so interesting! I want to learn the secret!

  2. Hi there, the January edition of Books You Loved is open for entries. Here is the link Books You Loved January Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book/s you loved. Maybe this post? Cheers and Happy New Year!


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