Review: Deeper by Robin York {3.0}

 

Title: Deeper
Author: Robin York
Series: Caroline and West #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Pages: Kindle, 132 pages
My Rating: 3 Stars

In Robin York’s sizzling debut, a college student is attacked online and must restore her name—and stay clear of a guy who’s wrong for her, but feels so right.

When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger—even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

They hang out, they talk, they listen. Though Caroline and West tell each other they’re “just friends,” their feelings intensify until it becomes impossible to pretend. The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself—and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

When all seems lost, sometimes the only place to go is deeper.

 

After Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend Nate posted pictures of her naked online, the whole school began discriminating her and calling her names and her reputation is ruined. When West Leavitt punches Nate, Caroline warned him not to get involved with her life. But Caroline is drawn to him, as he is to her. They start spending time together, and the attraction becomes undeniable.

I didn’t know what to expect when I read this book, which is just as well because I know that I would be disappointed had I had any expectations. I’m still debating between 3.5 and 4.0 stars for this one.

What I liked: 
I liked how this book explored an issue that people tend to stay away from, but needs to be discussed. What started out being just a little prank had a great effect on Caroline, and I loved how the effects were explored. I liked how a story was already established before all the sex began, unlike many of the New Adult books out there nowadays. I liked how Caroline became stronger and stronger and was able to stand up for herself to everyone in the end. I also loved how she was flying solo at the start to how she found her niche in her group of friends.

What I didn’t like: 
I wasn’t really able to connect with the story or the characters of the book. There were times that the story felt dragging, and I was always consciously aware of how many the pages were left. I think the characters were not explored well – their backgrounds were clearly mentioned, but not explored, leaving me to question things about the main characters. I also didn’t like how it ended because I didn’t know what happened to the families. It’s like it had a proper ending closure-wise, but story-wise, not really.

Overall, I was able to enjoy this book because I liked bits and pieces here and there, but I think that it could have been better.

could-have-been-better stars

Review: Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Title: Before We Were Strangers
Author: Renee Carlino
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: August 18th, 2015
Pages: 320 pages
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…

I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?

M

“Once there was you and me
We were lovers
We were friends
Before life changed
Before we were strangers
Do you still think of me?”

I’ve had Before We Were Strangers for quite a while, and I’ve been wanting to read the book for so long now, but for some reason I have been putting it off. I remember being completely captivated by the synopsis of this one, and I immediately ordered a copy off The Book Depository because I haven’t seen a copy in the bookstores here in the Philippines. To be honest, when I started reading this the other day, I was debating whether or not this book was worth it. I was thrown off guard because I thought that this was going to be centering around adults around the age of 20-25, because the genre is new adult after all. However, I got two perspectives, starting with an already working male main character who was already divorced once, followed by their perspective set years ago back in college. It was not what I signed up for, and I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it because of that. However, as I read on, I felt more and more connected to the story, and I began to love it.

“The present is our own. The right-this-second, the here-and-now, this moment before the next, is ours for the taking. It’s the only free gift the universe has to offer. The past doesn’t belong to us anymore, and the future is just a fantasy, never guaranteed. But the present is ours to own. The only way we can realize that fantasy is if we embrace the now.”

I’m not sure about this, but I think most of the story takes place when Matt and Grace were still in college years back. It shows how they became friends, and how their friendship developed into something more. Although it seemed like there was always something between them, Grace didn’t want a serious relationship then. It gave us a glimpse of how Matt’s photography career began, and how Grace developed her skills with the Cello. Separated by Matt’s leaving for a job in another country and some misunderstanding, the two never saw each other again. At present, Matt still works for National Geographic with his ex-wife and his boss as his best friend. Then, one day, Matt sees Grace on the train, so he created a post on Missed Connections, which created the bridge for them to meet at the present again.

“It was like the universe was teasing us; we saw each other just a second too late.”

My goodness, this book ripped my heart out to sheds! Although it has been more than a week since I read this book, I can still feel the hurt whenever I remember what transpired in the novel. There was a lot of deceit, hurt, misunderstanding, mistrust, and of course, love. It wouldn’t be complete without love, wouldn’t it? I really connected with the characters and the story, and although it was kind of predictable, it still ripped my heart to shreds. I felt like I could relate to the characters, although I wasn’t sure why. I was really able to put myself in their positions, and experience the story as they were experiencing it. My tears didn’t even care that people would judge me. It just continued to flow, because the emotions that this book made me feel were just too much.

“Life was passing me by at high speed as I sat back with my feet up, rejecting change, ignoring the world, shrugging off anything that threatened to have meaning of relevance.”

I really loved how the story turned out to be. It was kind of slow in the parts when they were in college, but the present point of view makes up for it in excitement. I love how the story was still kind of realistic, in how people just don’t forgive easily just because they love someone; especially because they love someone. I think the ending was a great way to tie things up, but of course I still can’t help but wish for more. Perhaps a companion novel from another character’s perspective?

“That’s why my mother always said we memorialize our past. Everything seems better in a memory.” 

Anyway, I really, really loved this story overall, and I would definitely recommend it! I really connected to the story, and there were so many amazing quotes in the novel as well. The emotions were just a shot straight through the heart for me, and although it hurt like hell, it felt amazing to feel all those along with the characters as well.

4.5 ughdssdfs stars. 

Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover



Title: Confess
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Atria Books

My Rating: 4 Stars

  Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

  For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

  The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

  I usually trust Colleen Hoover enough that I don’t read her books’ synopsis before buying or reading them, and this one is no exception. And just as always, Colleen Hoover didn’t disappoint!

  I only have to issues with Confess, and the rest of the book is perfection. First, I didn’t like how Owen felt like he’s the one who has the “power” or the one who calls the shots. He feels like he owns Auburn, and he tells her that he’s the only one who deserves her. I mean, it’s kind of true, but that didn’t bode well for me because Auburn should be the one calling the shots in that case. Second, I didn’t like the cheating. Auburn said so herself that once she makes a commitment, she follows through. But then she cheated on Trey. I get that Owen came first, but it’s still cheating no matter the reason. And I know that it’s all part of the story, but still. It’s hard for me to read something against my morals.

“I’m afraid if I listen to my heart once, I’ll never figure out how to ignore it again.” 

  That said, I still deeply enjoyed Confess, but maybe just a little bit less than her other books. Right from the start, this book made me feel all the feels, with words as well as with the art. The book is short, but I felt like CoHo was able to incorporate so much into the story. There’s also a sense of mystery to it, and added with CoHo’s beautiful writing style, I just couldn’t put the book down!


“I think love is a hard word to define,” I say to her. “You can love a lot of things about a person but still not love the whole person.” 

  Gosh, the reveal at the end of the book! I just had to close the book and stare at my ceiling and smile at nothing for a while, imagining things in a chronological sense while everything started clicking into place. Ughhh, just. The feels! I can’t wait to read my next CoHo book! I can’t wait for November 9!

4.5 almost-there stars


Mini Review: Becoming Rain


Title: Becoming Rain
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: Burying Water #2
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 3rd 2015
Publisher: Atria Books

My Rating: 4 Stars

  Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set—one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

  Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game—at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

  As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.

  I received an ARC copy in from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  I requested Becoming Rain mainly because I read Burying Water, although by the time that I started reading this, I already forgot most of the details from Burying Water, which is a total fail. I must say though that I like this book better than the first one. This one has more excitement and feels and I just really enjoyed this one better.

“Such a precious sun it is, the one that shines after a cold, harsh rain.”

  This book was a really fun read to me since I’ve never read a book about an undercover Fed before. Also, I just love romances wherein you are not supposed to fall in love with each other but do! I find it cute and entertaining watching the characters battle their feelings for each other. I was also happy to see Jesse and Alex in this book again.

  This book is weird because I enjoyed the book, but I had a very hard time writing the review because I have nothing else to say rather than I liked it.

4  stars


Review: Incubus

Title: Incubus (Alternative Title: Demon Lover)
Author: Carol Goodman
Series: The Fairwick Chronicles #1
Genre: NA, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication Date: July 21st 2011
Pages: 466
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

Callie McFay has just moved to Fairwick, New York in the search of a job in the local University, despite her dreams of working in New York City.

Obsessed with Gothic Literature, when she finds out an old, abandoned house in the town was once inhabited by author Dahlia LeMotte; she can’t help but move into it, drawn in by the mystery of it. But it turns out that the house isn’t the only mystery in Fairwick. When she moves into the house, she is stalked by erotic, haunting dreams of a dark stranger and she finds notes from LeMotte that suggest she was also visited by this stranger. The towns people start to tell her about the foundations that the town is upon, magic. Incubi, Demons, Witches, Fae…

In Fairwick, you better watch what you dream…It might just be true.

My first impressions of this book were great, the cover was stunning and as much as I hate to admit it, I do judge books by their covers. I’m a very aesthetic person, looks are important when it comes to books in my opinion and Incubus by Carol Goodman did not disappoint.

 I went in completely blind, not even bothering to read the blurb, it had been recommended by Benjaminoftomes on Youtube so of course it must be good, or so I thought. I quickly realised that this book was more NA than YA due to scenes a bit too saucy for my liking. The writing was coherent and straight to the point, so the story was very easy to follow. However, many of the scenes just seemed irrelevant to the overall bigger picture of this book.

 Callie was a self-obsessed and annoying character who rarely thought outside of her own bubble. The only times she showed concern was when something major happened, she didn’t seem overly bothered when she noticed one of her students losing a large amount of weight, she didn’t really seem to care about other people, especially her long-time boyfriend, Paul. Since they don’t live together, apparently it was totally okay to kiss strangers at your front door or dream about having a demon lover and not pay your boyfriend a second thought.

 Maybe this just wasn’t my story. I love Paranormal, demon reads but this just didn’t win my affections. I mightn’t be ready to tumble into the world of NA just yet, I’ll happily stay in my bubble of YA witchy reads. I would however recommend this book if you’re a fan of NA paranormal romance novels.

2.5 not into it stars

Review: A Starstruck Kiss

Title: A Starstruck Kiss
Author: Lauren Blakely
Series: Wrapped Up in Love #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: September 29th, 2014
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

  A sexy and swoony new adult romance…

  There are no two ways about it — William Harrigan is a certified babe. He’s sexy, smart, and British, and he wants nothing more than to charm the pants off fellow college senior Jess Leighton. Well, he does want other things; he just can’t tell her about the job he’s working on since it maybe, possibly involves her. Jess, who moonlights as a celebrity photographer, is laser-focused on earning enough money snapping pics to pay her way through grad school, but when the criminally handsome William starts moving in on her turf, she’s got to fend off the competition from him as well as resist her desire to smother him in kisses because William makes her heart race and her skin sizzle.

  Too bad this man is not to be trusted.

  Right? Except if Jess wants to snag the million-dollar picture she desperately needs, she’ll have no choice but to trust Will, and he’ll have to come clean about everything he wants from Jess. Including her.

  A Starstruck Kiss is definitely a refreshing read for me – whereas many books are written from the point of view of a celebrity or a celebrity’s love interest, this one focuses on Jess, a paparazzo who is trying to pay her way through college with this job. It’s definitely interesting to see things from this perspective mainly because celebrities always hate paparazzi and sometimes even treat them like trash. Whereas paparazzi are always cast aside, this book focuses on them and somehow, gives them lives. Suddenly, they’re not merely unknown faces behind the lens of a camera, but people trying to do their jobs right and keep up with life.

  All those said, I was really able to enjoy A Starstruck Kiss. It’s light and it has a hint of humor, kind of perfect for the mood that I was in when I read the book. I loved how this was told in dual POVs because I’m a sucker for those. I also loved how both main characters were family people. Mainly, I just loved the idea for this book.

  However, I did find things I didn’t like here and there, preventing me from giving this a higher rating despite me enjoying it. First, I don’t get why everyone Jess knows are connected to showbiz, and have other connections as well! It seemed very unrealistic to me that her family and even her roommate has connections. Second, I was not sucked into the story as much as I would like to. For the first few chapters, I felt really disconnected to the story and I didn’t feel compelled to read the book. However, at the last 30% or so of the book, it began picking up and I began loving it! Third, for the first part also, it felt like the story was without purpose and not going anywhere, but I’m glad that it all became good in towards the end.

  Everything aside, I would still love to read the next book when I get the time. Luckily for me, I already have a copy in hand, which I got for free from Amazon! Hopefully, I’ll get more of a glimpse on the main characters as a person, as I didn’t get to in this one.

Review: Suddenly Royal

Title: Suddenly Royal
Author: Nichole Chase
Series: Suddenly #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2013
My Rating: 5 Stars

  Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

  Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

  While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

  Samantha Rousseau is used to doing hard work, what with having to juggle taking care of her father, working with birds, and getting a master’s degree. So when Lilaria’s duchess visits her to tell her that she is a Lilarian royalty, no one is as surprised as she is. She then decides to visit Lilaria. There, she meets Alex D’Lynsal, Lilaria’s crown prince, who is more complicated than he appears to be. 
  Reading the synopsis of Suddenly Royal, I couldn’t help but want to read the book. So when I finally got a copy, I dove into it immediately. Despite the not-so-high ratings on Goodreads, I found that I really love this book! At first, it felt weird and slow for some reason, but as I read on, it just became better and better! 
  Suddenly Royal has a cute story that was deeply enjoyable, while not being shallow. I loved all the characters, even the minor ones. Also, I loved how in a way, this book was realistic. Not the commoner-finding-out-she’s-a-royal part, of course, but in terms Sam’s problems, her personality, her friends and her family, which made me love the book even more!
  This book had the right amount of romance, friendship, family, fun and drama mixed together to form one hell of an amazing book! I truly loved reading it, and I will recommend it to my friends endlessly.
“Sometimes all our plans for life go to shit. You end up doing something you never dreamed of and you know what you do? You make the best out of it you can. Nothing is ever as good or as bad as you think it will be. It’s what you make of it.” 
“We usually need exactly what we think we don’t want.” 

ARC Review: The Accidental Assassin

Title: The Accidental Assassin
Author: Nichole Chase
Series: The Assassins #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: December 4th, 2014
My Rating: 3 Stars

  Ava McKenzie is a creature of habit. Life is passing her by and she has nothing to show for it. She’s had the same job since she started college, she orders the same dish every time she goes to her favorite restaurant, and only reads books from authors she knows. There is nothing new or surprising in her life… until her best friend marries a man from London. When her newlywed friend asks her to house-sit while she honeymoons, Ava jumps at the chance. She thinks this could be the very thing she needs to shake up her life. Ava throws herself head first into her new lifestyle; she wants to try everything, go everywhere, and never get stuck in a rut again. Of course, offing a man in a car garage hadn’t been one of the things on her list to try.

  Owen Walker spends every day in a new place with a new case. As one of the most renowned assassins in the world, he has his choice of marks—and he’s never failed in a mission. When a new hit takes him back to his hometown, he looks forward to spending time somewhere familiar. What he isn’t expecting is to help an attractive, confused American woman find out how she’s ended up on a hit man’s list.

  As Ava and Owen dodge bullets, will they be able to escape their undeniable attraction to each other? Or will all of that chemistry blow up in a shower of hot and dangerous sparks?

  Realizing how routine-based her life is, Ava McKenzie accepts her friend Tessa’s offer to house-sit for her in London and throws herself to the English lifestyle. That is, until she accidentally kills a man with her car and she gets thrown in with Owen Walker, one of the most renowned assassins in the world.
  After reading Nichole Chase’s Suddenly series, I had quite the expectation going into this one, and sadly, I was disappointed. The premise of this book had so much potential, but the book was not able to live up to it. It definitely was not what I expected, and I was disappointed.
  I hated how Ava didn’t seem human because she felt so little remorse after killing Mr. Song. Yes, she puked her guts out, but that was mostly it. Because of that, I was not able to empathize with the characters, and I felt detached to the book. I had a hard time going through it and I had to force myself to finish the book because it had no hold on me. It’s not that the book was boring – certainly not, because this book has quite the adventure! It was quite interesting, just not interesting enough to be able to hold my attention for a period of time. 
  I felt like this book fell flat because even though there were interesting parts, I just can’t help but feel like the story lacks some things. I feel like the story itself is just short, and it was just dragged on somehow to make it this long. 
  I’m so sad that I did not like this one because I really thought I would. That said, this still won’t stop me from reading Chase’s future works, just maybe not from this series, because it clearly is not for me.

Review: My Favorite Mistake

Title: My Favorite Mistake
Author: Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: My Favorite Mistake #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: September 28th, 2012
My Rating: 4 Stars

  Taylor Caldwell can’t decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him.

  On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome, blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he’s a tattooed, guitar-playing bundle of bad boy. Maybe that’s why Taylor’s afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn’t want to get burned, and even though her other roommates adore him, she wants him gone before it’s too late.

  Hunter himself has been been burned before, but the fact that Taylor calls him out on his crap and has the sexiest laugh ever make him decide maybe love isn’t a lost cause. They make a bet: if she can convince him she truly loves or hates him, he’ll leave the apartment–and leave her alone. The problem is, the more time they spend together, the less she hates him, and the more she moves toward love.

  But when the man who holds the key to Taylor’s fear of giving up her heart resurfaces and threatens to wreck everything, she has to decide: trust Hunter with her greatest secret, or do everything in her power to win that bet and drive him away forever.

  When one of Taylor’s roommates backed out on them, she didn’t expect a guy, Hunter, to be the replacement, and she definitely didn’t expect them to be sleeping in the same room! From the first time they met, Zoe couldn’t stand Hunter and his sexual references. But as time passed and they started getting to know each other, feelings also begin to develop.
  Being tired of the whole ‘tragic past’ theme most books have these days, I was quite surprised by how much I loved this one. This book has been sitting on my virtual shelf for quite a while now, and I’m so glad that I finally picked it up because it turned out to be a really amazing read!
  To be honest, I can’t really explain much about why I loved this book so much. I just know that I loved all the characters, even the minor ones – Taylor, Hunter, Taylor’s roommates and Hunter’s friends. I loved how supportive they were and how they were there for each other, even in just tiny ways. I also felt really connected with the characters even though I have never experienced what they have experienced.
  I definitely will read more books by Chelsea Cameron. If any of them are close to this one, then I definitely will enjoy it! 

“Love is simple. You fall and that’s it. You’ll work the other stuff out. You just gotta let yourself fall and have faith that someone will be there to catch you.”

Review: A Different Blue


Title: A Different Blue
Author: Amy Harmon
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: May 29th, 2013
My Rating: 5 Stars

  Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.

  This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.

     I have no idea how to write a review for this one because there are no words to justify the beauty of it.

  To be honest I was wary of reading this at first because I read and loved Making Faces, and I was worried that this one would not be as amazing as that one was. But boy was I wrong – and I was glad – because this book is just a good, maybe even better than Making Faces. And even though it has over 400 pages, I was still left wanting for more.

  Amy Harmon’s writing style was just so uniquely beautiful that I couldn’t help but love this book. She writes in a way that she was not shoving Blue’s struggle or strength to the readers’ faces, making it too obvious of every struggle she’s been through. It wasn’t like that at all – it was very natural and it seemed realistic that way. It was the same with the lessons – it wasn’t written and shoved to the readers; instead, it was just learned by reading on. Also, Will wasn’t consciously being cruel jerk in a fucked up way like most books these days are, and I just loved that!

  My favorite thing about this book though is how Blue was never once whiny throughout the whole book, even though she had every right to complain. She was strong in that she was able to go through all the struggles that life has given her, and she knew how to own up to the consequences of her actions without blaming anything on life.

  I think this is the only contemporary book not centered on romance that I loved, because it was centered on life instead. I mean, the romance was always part of it, but that wasn’t the highlight.

  FOR THOSE WHO’VE READ THIS, you’ll understand: I loved how the ending was not left up to fate or anything cliche and unrealistic as that; instead, it had a reason behind how things turned out to be, and the execution was just perfect.

  This book is just perfectly amazing, and I don’t understand why this isn’t more popular, why it isn’t the talk of everyone. Amy Harmon is up there, along with Colleen Hoover and Katie McGarry, and she deserves more buzz. Even though it’s only January, I am already certain that this book will be my favorite, or at least among my favorites, of the year. I recommend everyone to read it, because it is just perfect, and I love it to bits and pieces.

“But there’s no way to avoid regret. Don’t let anybody tell you different. Regret is just life’s aftertaste. No matter what you choose, you’re gonna wonder if you shoulda done things different. I didn’t necessarily choose wrong. I just chose. And I lived with my choice, aftertaste and all.”
“Why don’t you focus on where you’re going and less on where you came from?”
“I was scarred but I was not broken. Beneath my wounds I was still whole. Beneath my insecurities, beneath my pain, beneath my struggle, beneath it all, I was still whole.”