AWRW Book Review: Here, by Ella James

Milo Mitchell’s life used to be charmed, but that was before her family dissolved, she went a little crazy, and her best friends started acting more like strangers. Spending Saturday morning in a treehouse with a stun gun for company and a herd of deer for friends is the only exciting thing in her life…until she shoots a fawn and finds her dart stuck in a guy.  

Her gorgeohereus victim is dressed in a Brioni tux and armed with a hanky. He has no idea who or where he is. Afraid her dart caused his amnesia, Milo takes him in, names him Nick, and vows to help him solve his mystery. Soon the pair find Nick’s face in a newspaper obituary, and Nick begins to have strange, ethereal memories of Milo–who is sure she’s never met him.

Suddenly Nick knows things he shouldn’t know and is doing things he shouldn’t do. When the Department of Defense shows up, Nick and Milo run–toward a shocking conclusion that could destroy both their worlds.

Nominated Best YA Fantasy at the 2012 UtopYA Book Convention.

Here Trilogy, Book I, by Ella James

Published February 15, 2012, by Barkley’s Books


AWRW Book Review:

Milo Mitchell bites off a bit more than she can chew when she mistakenly shoots a dart at a boy instead of a deer while working on her deceased father’s mule deer tracking project… The boy appears dazed, has a bit of amnesia,  but is  fortunately, (for them both), otherwise unhurt. Full of regret for her neglectful actions, she takes him home and tries her hardest to “fix” him.

“Nick” experiences strange hallucinations, he’s assuming from the dart, and discovers he has unusual abilities that no human should have. Despite his memory loss, he has a strange feeling that he knows Milo, from another time and maybe another place…

The turbines aren’t moving for the first time in forever, and the electricity is out. Milo tries to make sense of all the strange events, and can’t help but to feel a sense of fear and dread. Who is this boy she shot, and more importantly, where did he come from?!

Their attraction for each other grows, as they try to make sense of the mystery. Unfortunately,  and unbeknownst them, the Department of Defense is trying to make sense of it too… and they are hot on Milo and “Nick’s” tails…

Here by Ella James was so much more than I expected! It was so REFRESHING to read a YA that did NOT involve a love triangle! Boy, was I relieved! It was Milo and Nick, hand in hand, against the world! -With no “extras” to complicate their relationship! Because really, they did NOT need anymore complications for the crazy situation that they found themselves in! 🙂

I was VERY surprised about the story line, and like I said previously, it was completely unexpected. Ella James created a unique tale with this young adult romance!

And that cliffhanger! Grrr, Ella James how dare you! Now I HAVE to read book 2! I have no other choice! 😉

I am giving Here, by Ella James 5 stars for her unique story line, fantastic world building, and absolutely lovable characters!

***I was given an E-copy of Here, by Ella James in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review.

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About The Author:

Ella James is a USA Today bestselling author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising two children who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.

Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and the Amazon Top 25 overall; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Bestselling Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.

To find out more about Ella’s projects and get dates on upcoming releases, follow her on Facebook at and follow her blog, Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at

Ella is represented by Rebecca Friedman of the Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency.


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