Monday, September 26, 2016

Review: Raw

Raw Raw by Belle Aurora
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

WTF.. I can't even begin to come to terms with how this played out. Belle Aurora warned me from the beginning, "This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong." and yet I still had my hopes up! Twitch is not a nice person, he's not even a decent person. Lexie is everything he is not, hopeful, kind and compassionate. Somehow these opposites attract and it's part magic, part tragic. There are quite a few times of disbelief while reading Raw but the end will twist your mind. Of course, that just guarantees I pick up the second book to find out how Aurora could possibly redeem this story.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Review: The Piper's Son

The Piper's Son The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I added this to my to-read shelf several years ago. For the life of me, I don't know why I waited so long to read it. Marchetta is brilliant at doing Real, with a capital R. She creates characters that are so in depth, and it's amazing to watch them grow.

Tom is headed down the wrong road, but after the last few years, it's not all that surprising. Having a father that is your hero, and then losing him to his addiction has to be worse than never having one at all. After his uncle Joe died in a tragic bombing in London, his whole family was rocked to the core. His dad turned to alcohol, forcing his mother to leave to shield his sister from the person her father had become. Tom sticks around because he can't bear to leave him alone. Then his father walks away from him. His Aunt Georgie is dealing with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of 42, and if that's not bad enough, she is pregnant by the love of her life, who broke her heart seven years ago. The Piper's Son is a traumatic story, of an amazing family..

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Review: Left Drowning

Left Drowning Left Drowning by Jessica Park
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know that feeling when your throat is about to close off because you're close to tears? That's how I felt for most of this book.

Blythe is living in her own personal black cloud since her parent's death. Unless she is out boozing it up with random people, she is alone in her dorm room. So meeting not one, but two different people on the second day of sobriety is clearly out of character. When Sabin, who has the most entertaining personality, decides they are friends, who is she to argue? Meeting Chris, and feeling their instant connection is alarming, not only the connection but she opens up to him about things she has never opened up about. Sabin and Chris are brothers attending school with their younger siblings Eric & Estelle. Blythe isn't the only one with a traumatic family history, but the extent of it, she never would have guessed.

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