A fantastic beginning to Abbi Gline’s Too Far Trilogy, Fallen Too Far is a quick, yet deliciously well written story full of sexy romance, sassy characters and tantalizing family secrets.
I’m almost sad to say that it’s taken me a while to start this series. As a self-confessed Abbi Glines fan, that’s almost shameful to say, but as we know all too well, sometimes life takes priority. That being said, Abbi Gline’s stories are a delicious escape from reality and Fallen Too Far is no exception.
This book is typical Abbi Glines through and through. Featuring a lusciously interwoven storyline set on the simple base that she is famous for, Fallen Too Far introduces Blaire and Rush, two young adults brought together by their parent’s marriage, but whose family’s history is more intertwined than it appears.
Admittedly, I didn’t love Blaire and Rush as I have some of Glines’ previous couples, but I did enjoy their story. As individuals they’re likable. Blaire did wear on my nerves more than other heroine’s Glines has featured but she was nice enough to read about. Rush was exactly who and what I expected him to be---a naughty playboy brought to his knees when he least expected it.
Together Blair and Rush had a saucy relationship. Their chemistry was great and their romance swift but sweet. The shocking revelations about their families weren’t entirely surprising to me—kinda put it together half way through---but make for some interesting future stories.
Sexy, fun and very addictive, Fallen Too Far marks the first book in Abbi Glines Too Far books. The ending has me eager to dive right into book two and find out what’s in store for Blaire and Rush next! (less)
Breathe marks the first book in Abbi Glines Sea Breeze series and is a highly entertaining NA filled with fantastic characters and sizzling romance!
So. I'm an Abbi Glines fan. Plain and simple. What can I say? The woman knows how to write! And she certainly knows how to keep me entranced by her stories. I may have broke with tradition, reading the 2nd book in this series Because of Low first, but in no way do I feel it detracted from Breathe as each book in this series focus's on a new set of main characters in a brand new story!
Breathe tells the story of Sadie White, a sweet girl from the small costal town of Sea Breeze who has a mess of a mother and a tough home life and Jax Stone, the lonely and fed-up rock star who escapes to Sea Breeze every year only to meet the one girl who manages to see him like no other and who manages to worm her way into his heart.
In all honesty, I found Breathe to be a really enjoyable read. Abbi Gline's writing is simple, I admit that, but it flows perfectly and she manages to write great characters into simple stories that are a hell of a lot of fun to read. The storylines can be simple at times, but they're none-the-less entirely captivating and it was quite impossible for me to put Breathe down. I wanted to stay in Sadie and Jax's world.
Sadie was a real sweetie. I liked this girl with her big heart and her attentive attitude. Sadie took care of her mother Jessica and was so kind to everyone she knew. I liked how Glines wrote every part of Sadie, from her ability to take care of a mother who I might say was a right mess and who's actions were discugsting at times to her sweet friendship's that developed between her and those who worked in the Stone household.
What girl has never dreamed of a rockstar falling for them? I know I certainly have in the past and Glines makes our every dream a reality in the form of Sadie when she becomes the object of Jax Stone's affections. Oh, Jax! What a babe! Honestly, Jax Stone was a really awesome male lead. Despite his rock star status, Jax really was a good guy. He had a good heart and his actions were incredibly sweet. There was never a moment where I didn't like Jax. From beginning to end of Breathe, Jax Stone was the perfect match for Sadie.
Chemistry wise Jax and Sadie had it from the beginning. Glines writes their relationship both sweet and sizzling at the same time with the anticipation building for them to really be together from the very beginning. My only issue with this book was that I felt Sadie and Jax fell in love with each other way too soon, especially on Sadie's part. Don't get me wrong, Glines builds up to it, with moments spent together, but I feel like the whole "love of my life" thing happened a tad too quickly for me to believe. If it had of only taken a little bit longer then I may have found it more believable. And yet, I still felt Sadie and Jax's connection and attraction to one another, I just didn't out right accept their "love" as I my otherwise would.
Featuring perfect character relationships and even characters from the other books (hello Marcus!), Breathe was/is a great start to this series and is the perfect book of Abbi's to pick up if you're considering reading her books! (less)
Twisted Perfection is the sizzling Too Far spin off by Abbi Glines that finally tells the story of one of the series best loved side characters; Woods Kerrington. Fans will finally have the chance to dive into Woods head, and heart, as Glines details his sexy and steamy romance with a free spirited girl whose demons threaten to tear them apart!
Like so many others, I’ve been a Wood’s fan ever since the first Too Far novel, Fallen Too Far. As one of the minor, but no less intriguing characters, Woods won me over with his strength and honor and his determination to stand by Blaire. He may have lost her to Rush, but the opportunity to see him discover his own happiness in his story was one I was not going to pass up!
In Twisted Perfection, Abbi Glines introduces us to Della Sloane, a beautiful and kind-hearted young woman who suffers from a painful past and who is as fragile and traumatized as she is carefree and fun-loving. I have to say, Della Sloane is a very fractured individual. Showcasing a bunch of flashbacks to Della’s earlier life, Twisted Perfection details Della’s journey of meeting Woods and ultimately falling for him; twisting together their steamy romance with Della’s hidden past and issues. Abbi Glines weaves together a sizzling romance, with hard-hitting and deep issues as Wood's stands by Della as she struggles at times.
Let me just say this….I..….love….Woods…..Kerrington! Abbi Glines has penned my new favorite leading man of hers in the form of Woods. If I thought I loved him before, Twisted Perfection just made me fall all that more harder as Woods demonstrates the amazing guy he is in this book. It’s always been obvious that despite his lavish lifestyle, Woods in an honest, good guy but it isn’t until Twisted Perfection, told in dual POV, that we have the chance to see inside Woods head. I adore the fact that despite everything Woods is a fair, honest guy who doesn’t look down on anyone and does right by his friends and staff.
In Twisted Perfection as Woods falls for Della he becomes a bit possessive and protective, but in honesty I found this to be quite sexy. You can't over think things in this kinds of novels. Seeing Woods brought to his knees by Della and seeing how deeply he came to care for her was a beautiful thing. He accepted her despite her flaws, weaknesses and issues and loved her anyway. Della was someone who deserved love. She’s had some a traumatic life for someone still so young and as Glines shares their intimate moments, the sexual tension and sexual escapades of these two off the charts.
It’s impossible not to support Woods and Della. Sexual relationship aside, seeing Woods put someone before his family and his money and seeing Della let someone into her heart as fantastic to watch. The smoldering sex scenes gave way to kinder, sweeter moments to leave a perfect balance to their relationship.
Becoming immersed in this world is something unavoidable with Abbi Glines at the helm of the story. Twisted Perfection marks a fantastic beginning to Wood’s spin-off series and with the ending a bit of a cliffhanger that threatens to change Wood’s and Della’s circumstances, I’m very much looking forward to the next book! (less)
Never Too Far is the second installment in Abbi Glines Too Far series and continues Blaire and Rush's riveting, and often emotionally traumatic journey in this fantastic sequel in the series.
Picking up not far after Fallen Too Far left off, I genuinely found Never Too Far to be a worthy sequel to the first book. Detailing the next phase in Blaire and Rush's difficult, and often turbulent relationship, this book takes their relationship to the next level and allows Abbi Glines to continue to explore their relationship and their relationships with the characters around them.
Unlike the first book in this series, Never Too Far is actually told in dual POV, with both Blaire and Rush having a voice in this installment in the series. Whilst I enjoyed the way Glines wrote the first book, the ability to read through the eyes of both main characters always enhances the reading experience; something quite evident in Never Too Far. If ever people doubted Rush's sincerity and depth of his love for Blaire, this book allowed him to share his voice as never before and put those doubts to rest.
All the characters I loved, and loathed, in the first book are back, both to help and hinder. I was thrilled to see Blaire experience strong and ongoing friendships with both Bethy and Woods throughout Never Too Far. Bethy, despite her saucy nature, or perhaps even because of it, continues to be a true friend to Blaire, supporting her and standing by her in her current situation. Woods, even after his failed attempt to woo Blaire proved to be a sense of strength for Blaire and continues to win me over with the good and honorable guy he truly is.
Never Too Far is a very emotionally driven rollar-coaster ride for Blaire and Rush. An unexpected development in their situation forces them to face their issues and there's never a lack of uncertainty, pain and strife as the two must decide whether they're going to be together or not. Even though at times admittedly I've had my issues with these characters, there's something so undeniably addictive about their story. No matter what some people may think, Glines writes it well.
Blaire and Rush are in no way perfect. Blaire suffers from a mountain load of insecurities and her inability to believe she's good enough continues to hinder her relationship with Rush. She's young, insecure and sometimes (I believe) too forgiving, but she's also incredibly strong. Her ability to pick herself up time and time again after everything she's been through and keep going is admirable. So is her desire to do it herself. Here is a girl not afraid of hard work if it means surviving and throughout each book Blaire has displayed how far she's willing to go to take care of herself if she has to.
Rush on the other hand, struggles to balance his relationship and feelings for Blaire with his relationship with his family and makes more mistakes at times than it seems a person should be allowed to. He's rash and possessive and at times unthinking, but as he stumbles through his relationship with Blaire it's so very evident that he wants to be better. He isn't intentionally cruel or unthinking, he's just never known how to be any other way. He's learning. Throughout this series Rush is learning to be a better man; to become the supportive and attentive person Blaire needs and it's hard to fault him when you see him. try so hard
Both Blaire and Rush are human. And Glines doesn't shy away from this. Rush and Blaire have a lot of issues to face. The trust they had was shattered at the end of the last book and during the sizzling story in Never Too Far, they need to rebuild their relationship. As always the sex scenes were hot and with Blaire hormones in over drive, the connection between Blaire and Rush was never lacking, even as they stumbled over rebuilding their relationship.
Never Too Far was fun, sexy and very, very emotional. There's pain, laughter and love to be found within it's pages and with more revelations coming to light towards the end, Glines has set up the storyline for the final book very nicely. Never Too Far ends on an incredibly sweet moment and has me ready to pick up the third, and final, book pronto! (less)
Launching straight into an exhilarating storyline, Unbreakable is a fast paced and highly addictive read that will draw you in from the very beginning with it's perfect blend of action, romance and all things supernatural!
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed Unbreakable. Kami Garcia manages to capture her readers attention from the opening chapter of this story and the excitement doesn't let up all the way through. Unbreakable turned out to be a surprisingly quick read; it was impossible not to breeze through this story as everything that unfolded just seemed to get better and better with the turn of every page.
The storyline within Unbreakable was something I really enjoyed. In a way it's very simple, but the intricate way Garcia connects the characters and the society made it just that more exciting. Honestly, who doesn't love seeing some good old fashion, and well told, ghost hunting? I know I certainly do, and seeing our heroine Kennedy discover her place in this dangerous world she's suddenly discovered she just may be a part of was fun to witness!
Kami Garcia's writing is never too over baring with this book and instead lends itself to tell a perfectly paced story. I loved the characters in Unbreakable and the sharp, riveting dynamic they come to share made reading about their adventure all that more satisfying. Garcia has done a great job with the storyline; it was certainly enough to keep me immensely entertained, so I was very happy to see how well her characters complimented it.
Our main character Kennedy is the perfect girl to follow in this story. Garcia writes her insecurities and conflictions well, and her desire to fit somewhere only makes you feel for her more. Priest and Alara are entertaining as the weapons genius and resident "tough girl" with a soft interior and add some substantial friendships to the story.
Twins Jared and Lukas provide the very different love interests for Kennedy as two brothers that couldn't be more different and whose tedious relationship often spills over into their work. I have to say, Jared and Lukas are reminiscent of Supernatural's Sam and Dean Winchester; something that, as a fan of the show, I reviled in. It's impossible not to draw similarities as the plotline takes on a similar feel at times, but I found that this didn't bother me too much as it was too well written and exciting.
Unbreakable features just the perfect hint of romance to compliment the action and supernatural based storyline, and with two very different brothers distinct possibilities for Kennedy, I'm quite happy with who her heart has begun to belong to as one brother stands out in my eyes with hix quieter nature and hidden depth mixed in amongst the capable and fierce ghost hunter he is.
With a shocking ending that I for one wasn't expecting, but that promises so many possibilities and complications for the rest of the series, I cannot wait for the next book in this series! Featuring ghosts, dangers and delicious romance, Unbreakable will take you on one hell of a ride you won't want to end! (less)
Just For Now marks the 4th book in Abbi Glines's wildly successful Sea Breeze series and follows in the tradition of the previous with all the romance, attraction and love you can handle!
Ugh. Why does Abbi Glines do this to me? I mean, really? How can she write a book that I love so completely and yet still want to throw at a wall? I don't want to give too much away but Just For Now certainly took me on one hell of NA ride. Honestly, I'm at a mixed mind when it comes to this story. On one hand I loved it and on the other.....not some much.
As with the previous three books in this series, Just For Now features two fantastic characters and a really addictive storyline. The attraction and chemistry between Amanda and Preston is off the charts, but I really, really struggled with Preston's deception in this novel. I understood why he did what he did and why he had to....I even agreed with him at times, but to me the why's didn't matter....what he did was still cheating, even if he wasn't in it emotion, the physicality of it made it cheating.
And yet saying that, I actually appreciated this story. I didn't like what Preston did, for so many reasons and in so many ways, but Abbi Glines managed to write Preston's confliction and despair so well that I felt for this lost boy. This poor soul who was backed into a corner and saw no other way out; who did what he did for his family and the little ones who depended on him simply because he had no other choice
With Preston's life so difficult and messed up, the complication of Amanda Hardly, his best friends little sister and the girl who makes him want things he doesn't think he should is a perfect recipe for excitement. Amanda really is a sweet girl. In a way she's sheltered and spoiled, but she's also so very kind and likeable. My only issue with her was that I felt like she forgave too easily at times. If it wasn't Preston and I didn't know the man he was inside, seeing her let a man walk all over her and treat her how me does at times, would have been too much for me. Amanda deserved only goodness and love and I'm glad she ended up getting it.
Preston and Amanda's relationship is all kinds of forbidden. She's his best friends sister and he's the notorious playboy, but they have such a great chemistry from the beginning. They're attracted to each other so intensely and it's interesting seeing Preston fight it in the beginning only to give up in the end.
The family dynamic Preston has with his younger sibling is a delightful extra in this story. Abbi Glines really rattles things in this book, facing some tough issues and not shying away from the harsher things in life.
Just For Now was very sweet at times, sizzling at others and heart wrenching the next.....there's a wedding, a death and a new beginning. I cannot wait to see what Abbi Glines has in store for this series next!
While It Lasts is the 3rd installment in Abbi Glines Sea Breeze series and this time tells of womanizer Cage York and the woman who finally manages to worm her way into his heart in a sizzling, addictive read that will have you breathless.
Abbi Glines continues to explore her characters in her Sea Breeze series with While It Lasts. I'm fast becoming a seasoned Abbi reader and boy do I love her books! Abbi Gline's writing is fun and easy and very, very enjoyable. Every book sucks me in and I find myself eagerly turning pages, very engrossed with the story.
I was so looking forward to this book after Because of Low. The opportunity to see Cage's story was so exciting. He proved to be so interesting in the previous book and I just knew he was going to be more than he seemed. Something Abbi Glines certainly followed through with in While It Lasts.
Cage York is a womanizer and a party animal. He's someone who doesn't apologize for who he is and the things he does. After being caught with a DUI, Cage has no choice but to go to his coach's brothers farm or facing losing his baseball scholarship. Having to work for the summer, Cage expects to be miserable, he certainly doesn't expect Eva. Oh, I love Cage. I really do! Cage really tore my heart out in this book with his unexpected insecurities and his sweet side. Cage has always been a fun, naughty boy but we've never known the other side to him.....until now. Once more told in dual POV, While It Lasts lets us see Cage as we never have before and I definitely enjoyed seeing him fall and then fight for Eva.
When Cage ends up at her fathers farm for the summer, Eva Brooks is still a very shattered young woman. Lost in the past, she has no plans for the future, until bad boy Cage York manages to show her exactly what she is missing....and exactly what she needs. Eva, oh Eva! In the beginning of the book Eva is so consumed by her pain and lost in the past. She's unable to let go of her lost love, but Eva is no great match for Cage. He manages to open her eyes and allow her to be the strong and independent woman she is. I really enjoyed seeing her grow and manage to move on in this book.
The thing I loved most about how Abbi Glines wrote Eva and Cage's relationship was that Eva had actually loved before. She was someone who had been in love and knew what it meant to love. She wasn't some girl experiencing love for the first time, she was a young woman finding love again after experiencing a devastating tragedy. The loss of her fiancé left Eva broken, but over the course of While It Lasts she manages to open her heart again to Cage. To me, the power that comes from this made her relationship with Cage all that more meaningful and powerful. What they have is completely different than what she had with her fiancé, but it's no less important. Eva brings out the best in Cage and sees the parts of him that no one else sees and in turn he makes her feel alive for the first time in a long time and shows her what it means to love inexplicably.
My only issue with this book would be that I felt it ended too soon. Seeing how big and impact Eva and Cage's love had on each other I really don't feel like their story was finished. So in saying that, I think it's excellent that Glines will be giving them a sequel in the future....they deserve it.
Love, romance and endearing friendship, Abbi Glines continues to satisfy with While It Lasts! (less)
Because of Low is a fun, sensual tale by Abbi Glines that really will have you rapidly turning the pages, yet at the same time, desperately hoping the story isn't about to end!
From start to finish, Because of Low really is a great read. While this isn't actually the first book in Glines's Sea Breeze series, this is this first one I have read, although I definitely know it won't be the last! Chronologically, Because of Low takes place after the first book in the series, Breathe, and considering I'm yet to read Breathe, I must point out that you don't necessarily need to have read Breathe to pick this novel up....it can quite easily be read on it's own, or as part of the rest of the series.
In Because of Low, Abbi Glines introduces us to Willow "Low" Foster, a sweet, vulnerable girl who's had a tough run in life as well as Marcus Hardy, who's own family is falling apart and who was also the unlucky love interest in Breathe, although he's the leading man this time around.
Told in dual POV, this book tells the story of Low and Marcus as they connect with each other amidst their joint trust issues and family drama, seeing them ultimately fall in love. Considering that Because of Low is a fairly short book (I read it in two sittings), the relationship between Low and Marcus does come on strongly, and their love for one another fast, however it was easy to overlook this fact as Glines creates such a great dynamic between the characters in the story.
It was nice seeing this story unfold. The plot is admittedly simple, but in this case the saying less is more really does fit as the simple story is easily addictive to read about. Abbi Glines has done a great job with her flawed, yet very likable characters. There are a number of great characters that litter the pages of Because of Low and as she explores the relationship between Low and Marcus, Glines also allows us to read about the relationships between Low and Cage as well as Low and her niece Larissa, which I found both to be interesting for very different reasons.
I found I liked both Low and Marcus very much. I admit, I had a few problems with Low's character at times, especially towards the end of the book, but for the most part, I really enjoyed these two. Both together, and as individuals. Together, they have a really sweet chemistry that coats the pages. By herself Low has a lot of fears and a few problems, but she's a really nice girl and someone you can easily like for the most part. As for Marcus, he's a typical guy. This golden boy makes mistakes and makes the wrong choices, but he does care for Low and dearly loves his family.
As Glines weaves together Marcus's and Low's lives, there are a few interesting twists throughout the story that make it so much juicer. This book really showcases how human we can all be; we all have fears and we all make mistakes. That's part of life and we have to forgive and move on. Glines makes this abundantly clear where Low and Marcus are concerned and as their story ends, I find myself very eager for Cage's.
Glines has definitely made a fan in me, and I'll be on the lookout terrific tales from her in the future! (less)
Poison Princess marks Kresley Cole’s sizzling debut into the YA genre, and with is electric romance, constant danger and unparalleled mystery, this post apocalyptic thriller is a far cry from any dystopian novel I’ve read before!
What a fantastic book this was! Considering this is actually my first Kresley Cole novel, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Admittedly I had high hopes and luckily, what I discovered was a harsh, richly, descriptive dystopian with a stunning freshness and idea that stole my heart! Honestly, this book was addictive.
I truly don’t want to give away too many spoilers but the Acarna that Cole explores is such a fabulous idea. Cole’s personification of the Tarot cards was incredibly unique and very clever—I love it when authors strive to give us new ideas! I admit at times the non stop riddles and often strange comments by certain characters confused me but the mystery never let up and as question after question was raised so was my desire to discover the secrets of what was truly going on.
This book was undeniably gritty. While many dystopian’s are, Kresley Coles ability as an adult writer also began to shine through as some of the interactions between our main characters Evie and Jackson had an undeniably “adult” feel, especially on Jackson’s part. The setting was also quite interesting too, with the book starting out with a quite evident Cajun and Louisianan vibe.
I found Evie “Evangeline" Greene to be a really wonderful heroine of this story. Evie fit so well within the story and her voice was such an easy one to follow. From the abilities she’s had for many years and the anguish they’ve caused her to her desire to know what she is as the novel progresses, it’s impossible not to feel for her. While she’s very guarded and not quite ready to trust Jackson with her secrets Evie handles herself quite well for someone with an upbringing such as herself.
And as far as Jackson Deveaux goes, I really don’t know what to make of him. At times I thought he was a brilliant character and at others I wanted him to get eaten by a Bagman. Of course, in a world where so many male leads seem the same, I certainly appreciate what Kresley Cole has done with him, but at times it seemed like too much. That being said, Jackson was a Cajun boy through and through. From his outright sexy good looks to his accent and his pitiful upbringing, Jackson was rude, crude and just plain mean at times. I must say I got sick of his “me’s” and his “goan’s” real quickly, but there was just something under the surface of him that made me intrigued. He cares about Evie extensively, even if he has a funny way of showing it most of the times, but she’s obviously the most important person to him now.
As the book switches back and forth from before the “Flash” to after, the various time periods allowed for a very detailed look at our heroine Evie’s world. At first it seemed strange to me that we witnessed so much of Evies life before the world as everyone knew it ended but as the novel progressed and the dystopian aspect of the book came into play I really appreciated those glimpses of normality in Evie’s life. It allowed me to see her better as a character, and also witness her growth. It also explained the hostility between Evie and Jackson’s relationship.
I found it refreshing how Cole wrote the relationship between these two. Instead of having two characters meet in the middle of such a disaster and then have them form a straight away dislike of one another, as seen in a lot of books, these two had history from before the Flash. Their relationship was rocky from the beginning, so as they were forced to rely on one another and team up, it added a greater depth to their sometimes rocky friendship and growing romance.
And considering Evie and Jackson could never be more different, I appreciated seeing where they came from to where they were currently at. The wealthy, popular girl and the poor, Cajun hick....these two seem like the oddest pairing, but in the midst of despair, they begin to find something together. They struggled to stay on the same ground quite a bit (which drove me up the wall) and I hated the trust issues Evie had with Jackson considering how hard he tried to earn her trust but in the end they had a chemistry that I really enjoyed reading about.
Kresley Cole mixed dystopian adventure perfectly with romance and excitement in this book. It was the perfect balance and I was thoroughly interested the entire way through. The revelations revealed at the end of Poison Princess seem just like the beginning and as Jackson’s shocking discovery about Evie concluded the first instalment in the Arcana Chronicles, I’m early awaiting getting my hands on the next instalment to see where Kresley Cole will take the series next! (less)
Thank you SO VERY MUCH to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with an ARC of this to read and review!
**READ in 2013**
Walking Disaster is t...moreThank you SO VERY MUCH to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with an ARC of this to read and review!
**READ in 2013**
Walking Disaster is the sensational 2nd novel from Jamie McGuire and is the book fans have been waiting for--Beautiful Disaster in Travis's POV! And with all the scorching romance, intensity and passion Abby and Travis generate, this book does not disappoint!
To say I was excited when Simon & Schuster offered me the chance to be one of the very few lucky bloggers to get my hands on an ARC of this would be an understatement. Beautiful Disaster was an unexpected favorite of mine last year so I've been eagerly awaiting the publication of this Walking Disaster since hearing McGuire was writing it. Jamie McGuire once more proves what a talented writer she is with this book. Retelling the events of Beautiful Disaster this time through Travis's eyes, we're once more drawn into the raw, intense love story we fell in love with during the first book!
It goes without saying that I love Travis and Abby. Obviously, I already knew these characters heading into this book and I already knew what was going to happen, but Walking Disaster gave me the chance to explore them even more, especially Travis. Now, in no way am I going to give away spoilers--I already made a promise to myself that I wouldn't, but if you've ever wondered about the origins of Abby's not quite traditional nickname or even what happens after the final page of Beautiful Disaster turns, this is the perfect chance to find out!
One of the things that was a standout for me during this book was that McGuire doesn't shy away from the raw, gritty character Travis is. Nor does she change him unexpectedly just to please us, but instead stays very true to the flawed individual we met in Beautiful Disaster as we witness his fears and inner demons first hand. The true goings on inside Travis's head reflect quite accurately his actions.
It's through this honest and authentic insight that I saw his mistakes and his reckless actions through new eyes. I can't quite say this changed the way I think about him. Let's face it...I already loved the guy, but it certainly helped me to understand him better. Seeing the world as he saw it and seeing certain events unfold through his eyes and with his mindset allowed me to see an entirely different side to this story. Writing a book like this was certainly genius on Jamie McGuire's part! This is a chance book lovers dream about--the opportunity to jump into the head of our favorite male leads and McGuire certainly couldn't have done a better job!
Now, I must say I know there is always going to be a lot of debate surrounding this book. It's easy to look at aspects of Abby and Travis's relationship that are unhealthy and intense but in doing so it's easy to miss the really good parts. Yes, together they're insanely passionate and volatile to the point of being obsessive, but there's also something very redeeming about them as a couple too. Here are two individuals, each flawed and broken in their own way and who can be somewhat destructive together, but who also managed to flourish together in unexpected ways.
People make mistakes. It's human nature. It's who we are, but we grow, and we see people grow, becoming better versions of themselves, despite all the obstacles and their self destructive natures and that's when we're seeing something special. That's what Walking Disaster is about at it's core and it's because of this that I think Jamie McGuire has penned her highly anticipated follow up to Beautiful Disaster perfectly!
Beautiful Disaster is an electrifying, utterly addictive read that will steal your heart, steal your soul and leave you completely breathless!
Trying to put her past behind her, Eastern University student Abby Abernathy’s life is about to be shaken up when she meets Travis Maddox, the university’s biggest “bad boy” who’s pertinence for fighting, drinking, smoking and using women is well known throughout campus. Abby quickly proves that she won’t be like one of Travis’s other girls and when their initial meeting blossoms into an unexpected friendship that soon cascades into something more, something thrilling, desperate and completely unpredictable, Abby soon finds that Travis is willing to do anything to keep her with him and it’ll mean doing the ones thing she’s no sure she can do......surrendering her heart.
My goodness.....this book......I have no words! Honestly, I don’t know how to properly articulate my thoughts and emotions towards Jamie McGuire’s deliciously addictive novel Beautiful Disaster. From the very first page, I was glued to this novel; stuck, entrapped, totally and completely and this is considering this isn’t my usual type of read. Beautiful Disaster had my complete and utter attention from the very first chapter and only got better and better as the novel progressed. I’m easily adding it to the list of the best books I’ve read this series, not to mention my all time fave list!
I have to say, going into this I didn’t expect too much from it. Normally, I’m not a fan of contemporary romance, not to mention destructive relationships, but the intense, perfectly written tale Jamie McGuire weaves together in Beautiful Disaster is so complex and layered that it really does work. While it’s certainly for a mature audience, my mind was blown with the rich, steamy story McGuire has written where the chemistry between main characters Abby “Pigeon” and Travis is so thrilling, so compelling that the entire story bleeds with their attraction, their passion and desperation for one another.
Beautiful Disaster encompasses a lot of the collage spirit in a very dark, harsh way. Set in Eastern University, this book has a fantastic cast of characters to shape the novel, including Abby’s best friend America and her boyfriend Shepley (who also happens to be Travis’s cousin) but none more so that main characters Abby and Travis. It’s undeniable that Pigeon and Travis’s relationship is in fact destructive at times, but the histories and complexities that McGuire gives these two characters makes it understandable and allows it to work. And, as the author Jamie McGuire never shies away from the fact that Abby and Travis relationship is a disaster, pointing it other through the eyes of her characters many times throughout the book.
As our heroine and leading lady Abby is the perfect match for Travis. While painted as the good girl; innocent and sweet, Abby is far from fragile, easily able to stand up for herself. From the very beginning Abby makes it clear that she’s not willing to take any of Travis crap and proves just how strong she can be as she meets him head on. I must admit Abby’s inability to admit her feelings annoyed me at times, but you know what....I still love this girl. It’s hard not to. She was stubborn and hard headed, but sweet and vulnerable at times. And no matter what anyone says, she had the strength to walk away from Travis at times.
Gah. Travis Maddox! Wow. Not quite sure how to tackle him. What a character. Really. What a character! The ultimate bad boy, Travis is incredibly flawed and raw. He’s a womanizer, he’s intense, he’s stubborn, he’s dangerous. However he’s also insecure, over protective, irrational and about a dozen other things I’m not going to name. His rash personally blends with his stubbornness and temper to create a Molotov cocktail of a man who just lights the pages of this book up. It seems irrational to adore Travis.....but I do. Jamie McGuire created the ultimate destructive boyfriend and made me like him. No, she made me love him. There’s a vulnerability in Travis that Abby sees; that you in turn see as the reader and it’s this allows Travis to steal you heart, even as he slowly steals Abby’s. He has his flaws and he makes his mistakes; good golly does he make his mistakes, but he truly, truly does change once his “Pidge” is a part of his life and it’s this grow, this change within him that makes him the amazing character he is.
It would be impossible to speak about this book and not talk about the relationship between Abby and Travis, especially as this book is ALL about the relationship between these two collage students. Oh golly, the chemistry in this book....just wow! I’ve mentioned it earlier on in my review, but it’s just a never ending rush; weaving, twisting and bleeding out of the pages. Abby and Travis’s relationship is passionate and desperate relationship and drives the novel. There’s a sweetness and tenderness to it that’s impossible to ignore and a comfort that both these two people find with one another. Their romance can border on unhealthy at times but that doesn’t make it any less spectacular or brilliant.
With intense, passionate romance and loveable, abet flawed characters, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is truly a “beautiful disaster” to read. This book isn’t for the faint of heart however while it may not be for everyone this book could quite possibly become your new obsession...... (less)
Andrew Fukuda’s debut novel The Hunt is an exhilarating novel that will give you chills and shivers even as he enthralls you with his mesmerizing storytelling and excitement driven plotline!
This book was simply brilliant! Honestly it was. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when beginning this novel, but the desperation and pace of the story sucked me in from the very opening chapters. The Hunt met and easily outdid my expectations and in a genre where so many books share similar concepts, I have to give Fuduka props for thinking out of the box and having a really ingenuous twist on something I’m sure we’ve all seen quite a bit.
In the tradition of The Hunger Games, The Hunt depicts a harsh, creepy dystopian world where humans are practically extinct and instead the inhuman creatures that inhabit it are a far cry from anything you’ve seen before. Forget vampires and zombies, author Andrew Fuduka creates a new type of being that scratch their wrists instead of laughing, show no emotion and share some of the traits that have made vampires and zombies popular in YA fiction. And yet, they’re oddly normal creatures. Inhuman teenagers attend school and people go on with their everyday lives, and yet they’re slaves to their bloodlust should they ever be in the proximity of on of the rare humans, known as “hepers” that exist in this novel. This contradiction between man and beast was oddly intriguing. They weren’t the odd ones here, they were normal; they were the “people” in this world—I loved it!
Perfectly paced, the tone of this book was exceptional! For a debut novelist, Andrew Fuduka’s writing is first class. Descriptive and flowing, his pose truly enhances the aura of desperation and hopelessness that encompasses the novel. Our hero Gene is a heper, living within this harsh society and managing to keep his true identity a secret from his classmates and teachers by living by a few important rules passed down to him by his late father. However, even as Gene manages to live a relatively normal life, he acknowledges that it could all be over in a very moment; his true nature revealed.
When Gene is picked to participate in the hunt, his whole world is turned upside down. Unable to shave in a world where everyone is hairless, unable to bath when no one emits body odour and completely unable to get access to water, Gene is struggling to maintain his secret even before the hunt has officially begun. Fuduka writes Gene’s emotions brilliantly. I felt his fear and desperation; there was never a moment where the severity of his situation was lost on Gene....and in turn me as the reader. Fuduka in no way shies away from the gruesome, gory parts of his created society. His vivid prose tells darkly of decapitation and cannibalism, terror and bloodlust, and this just makes disturbing, creepy feel of the book all that more intense.
I truly loved the characters Andrew Fuduka has brought to life throughout The Hunt! I’ve already touched on the “people” in this novel, but as our protagonist, Gene was also honestly great to read about. It didn’t even bother me that he was male; nor did this impact on how in felt about him or his choices because Fuduka simply wrote both he and all other aspects of the story so brilliantly. Ashley June was an excellent enigma in this story to me; a mystery I wanted to solve for half the book—just what was she and what was she hiding? Could she be a true friend to Gene or was she a foe in disguise? Why did she watch him and then want to team up during the Heper Hunt? Everything just made me more intrigued and by the time all was revealed I was just so enthralled and caught up in the mystery.
The other Hepers in this book were another delightful surprise. Despite their primitive upbringing, and their limited exposure to the outside world, they were intelligent and quick thinking, with individual personalities. Sissy and Ben were standouts, but I’m eager to learn more about them in the next book. I want to know what makes this group of young people tick.
Blending together darkness with the small light that comes from first romance and freedom, Andrew Fuduka has written a deeply addicting read that makes you question humanity, the need for survival and the lengths one would go to, to guarantee their own. As The Hunt races to its superb cliff-hanger ending with both Gene’s and all the other hepers lives on the line, the exhilaration and danger prove the stakes have never been higher!
Andrew Fuduka, you are a genius---cannot wait to find out what you have in store for us in, Prey, the second novel! (less)