Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker is a beautifully written and gorgeous story of life, love and loss. With magnetic characters and a strong storyline, this is a stunning debut about the power of forgiveness and the healing possibilities that moving on can bring.
As someone beginning to develop a real love for New Adult fiction, I'm always on the lookout for brilliant new NA tales to devour and while I was uncertain about what this story would bring, I have to say I was very much blown away by Ten Tiny Breaths! And in saying that, having now read this story, I can see why K.A. Tucker is making a name for herself in the NA genre. Her storytelling is wonderful; her writing strong but beautiful. Tucker took a very emotional situation and explored the effects it had on the life of her main character and those around her.
Following twenty year old Kacey Cleary, a young woman still haunted by the tragic loss of her parents, best friend and boyfriend at the hands of a drunk driver, Ten Tiny Breath explores the difficulty Kacey and her fifteen year old sister Livie still face four years later. Fleeing with her sister and escaping from a dangerous family situation to Miami, Kacey is still understandably haunted by the loss of those she loved in an accident she managed to survive herself but that left her tremendiously scarred, both physically and mentally.
Kacey is a very strong character to follow. She's very down to earth and normal, with a lot of sass and spunk, and is without a doubt wonderful to follow, but she's also very fractured. Something more evident with the turn of every page. Kacey has trust issues by the truckload and keeps a shield up around herself to keep from getting hurt. Though deep down Kacey cares strongly and loves deeply, she projects a tough girl exterior to the rest of the world and fights to keep people out. Kacey has a lot of hard truths to face in this book, especially when she slowly begins to come back to life thanks to the help of an egnigmatic young man and a surprising bunch of people who help to want her live again.
There wasn't a single character that I didn't fall in love with during this book! Obviously Kacey shines as our main character, as well as Trent as our male lead and love interest, but K.A. Tucker does a fantastic job giving her supporting characters real substance and life in Ten Tiny Breaths. Everyone from Kacey's sweet younger sister Livie, to their strong and surprising next-door neighbour Storm and her darling daughter Mia to adult club owner Cain and bouncers Ben and Nate managed to worm their way into my heart. Even minor, minor characters such a Officer Dan, landlord Tanner and Dr. Stayner impressed me; bringing so much life and colour to the book with their character dymanics and beautiful bonds.
Now, I refuse to give away spoilers, but the storyline Tucker explores with Kacey and Trent was the icing on the cake in this book, and so very well done. Honestly Trent is sexy as hell and he and Kacey have a wonderful chemistry. As a NA tale, you expect there to be a sexual aspect to the story and there is, but Tucker instead focus more on the romance and the connection between Kacey and Trent--something I found very refreshing. Obviously, these two are together physically within the story, but the way Tucker writes it allows us as the reader to explore the more connecting parts of their relationship than just the sex. Trent and Kacey were very sensual and they sizzle up the pages--the sexual tension is perfect, but the deeper connection they share and the way in which they help the other heal is what stole me.
Sexy, sensual and deeply moving Ten Tiny Breath is a brilliant read. Wit and sassy dialogue blend perfectly with beautiful characters you'll be sure to want more of. K.A Tucker has impressed me with her debut novel and has me ready to being the next book ASAP! (less)
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover is a heart wrenching and riveting New Adult novel whose tantalizing romance, unexpected depth and soul shattering storyline will leave you entranced and captivated, even after you've turned the final page!
I have to say......this has to be one of the best NA novels I've ever read, plain and simple! And considering it's taken me so very long to actually dive into this book, that is really saying something. Colleen Hoover has penned something very special with Hopeless, and with it's intense romance and unexpected content, has me wondering why in the world I waited so long to finally read it. This book is a NA must read for fans of the genre, and considering Colleen Hoover's name in the industry, Hopeless is Hoover at her best!
Colleen Hoover's writing is perfect and fitting within Hopeless; flowing nicely with a perfect pace, and is descriptive where need be and vivid when suitable. Hoover weaves a lot of powerful emotion into the pages of Hopeless, and this is something that endlessly compliment's the storyline; enhancing the experience and making it impossible not to be completely blown away by the strength displayed by our main character Sky as she confronts some very painful revelations, and memories from her past.
Linden Sky Davis, known by those who know her as Sky, is a very normal, well adjusted teenager.....or is she? When we first begin Hopeless, Sky comes across as a typical teenage girl, abet one that struggles to feel connected where guys are concerned, but this isn't really cause for concern. It's not until the introduction of Dean Holder to her life does Sky realize just what kind of connection she has been missing and what that means for her.
Can I just say how much I LOVED Sky. I mean, how can you not? Sky is strong and sweet and kind and very likable. She seems like a normal teenager; someone who loves her best friend Six and her mother Karen and despite the cruel attitude of some peers, is strong enough to hold her head up against their vicious attacks on her character. Hopeless really broke my heart. Sky is such a great girl and when we come to learn about the atrocious things done to her at the hands of the one person who should have protected her, it's hard not to be affected. And yet, I just adore Sky all the more for not allowing it to break her. It may have been a difficult situation and a battle, but Sky is a survivor and that's a very powerful thing.
And a lot of Sky's strength wouldn't be possible without the help and love of Dean Holder. Holder is intense and mysterious and all kinds of sexy. He's brooding and has a real way with words. He really does walk into Sky's life and turn it upside down; causing a chain reaction that leads to a difficult, and heartbreaking journey...on both sides. I really loved Holder. I liked that he appeared to be a bad boy, but actually isn't anything like the rumors that surround him. His faith and devotion to Sky is nothing short of beautiful.
Sky and Holder have a really intense and riveting romance. Hoover couldn't have written their relationship better in my mind. There's an intense attraction between them from the very beginning, and the connection that develops, and that we learn previously existed, made for a very sweet, deep and electric romance. I thought the foundation Hoover gave them, though I don't want to give away spoilers, allowed their relationship to be so much stronger. Together these two were electric; the dialogue shared and the physical aspect of their relationship was sizzling, but I thought the fact they were friends first and foremost made it just them just that more perfect as a couple!
Colleen Hoover addresses some really strong issues in this book; exploring sexual abuse at the hands of a parent and the effect it can have on a person in such a painful and beautiful way. Featuring two great characters, a sensual romance and a powerful storyline, Hopeless has helped Hoover secure a fan in me and guarantees I'll be seeking out more of her stories! (less)
One Tiny Lie is the emotional and riveting sequel to K.A Tucker’s sensational Ten Tiny Breaths and is a sleek and sensual romance that is almost as good as its predecessor! This book with hook you from page one!
I have to say….I am thoroughly enjoying this series. I may have been late to start, but boy am I breezing through these fantastic reads! Ten Tiny Breaths set the bar high, but with its sequel One Tiny Lie, K.A. Tucker is proving to me she is definitely not a one trick pony—this woman can write! And write she does!
One Tiny Lie was a superbly written story of romance and a young woman’s journey to find herself. Featuring perfectly flowing writing, One Tiny Lie follows Livie Cleary, the sweet, kind and shy sister of Ten Tiny Breaths protagonist Kacey we met in the first book, only now at eighteen Livie is attending Princeton and getting her first taste of collage life. There’s an aura of emotion to Tuckers writing and she creates a great story for her characters. There’s romance, friendship and love all woven together, and Tucker compliments the characters and story well by not dwelling too much on the physical aspect of Livie and her love interests relationship.
Personally, I really liked Livie. I was so excited to follow her story having loved her in Ten Tiny Breaths. With her sweet, shy and naïve nature, in a way she reminds me of myself and I found her easy to relate to. Livie has always been the "good" girl; straight edged and focused, and she’s been happy that way, but there are so many aspects of life Livie has been missing. She’s smart and level headed and very focused on what she wants to be. It’s not until she finds herself at university that her eyes are opened and she begins to experience things like boys, drinking and partying. Livie has been very sheltered and never experienced what most girls have by her age and seeing her finally experience them is a great experience.
Livie finds trouble in the form of Ashton Healy; captain of the boys rowing team, player and sarcastic ass, and though he is the last one she expects to be attracted to, try as she might Livie can’t get Ashton off her mind. I do think Livie and Ashton were really great together. They had great chemistry and I loved seeing Ashton make Livie come alive. I always enjoy seeing characters connect, especially when they come from difficult pasts and help to heal the other and this was definitely the case with Livie and Ashton.
My only issue with this book, and the thing that kept me from rating it a perfect score, was the cheating. The cheating aspect didn’t sit well with me. Perhaps I’m being naïve to think that when you’re dating someone, even if you are supposedly taking things slow, you don’t cheat. There is no sneaking around with another person and getting lost to the passion and all that. Even if you’re insanely attracted to someone and actually feel something real and deep for them, end your current relationship first and then explore what you can’t deny.
The fact that Livie found herself in a relationship with Connor and yet still found herself acting on her feelings for his best friend at the same time didn’t sit a hundred percent well for me. Admittedly, I was able to get over this and did find it disappearing from my mind when I saw how deep the connection Livie had with Ashton, but I still keep coming back to the fact that had Livie should ended things first with Connor first before moving forward with Ashton.
Boldly written and choc-full of brilliant characters that will steal your heart with their temperaments and stories, One Tiny Lie has me ready to dive into book number three! (less)
From popular bestselling author Jamie McGuire comes Red Hill, a post apocalyptic thriller that will excite fans of The Walking Dead. Red Hill is a beautifully told story that mixes together excitement and danger against the pitfalls of love and surviving in the midst of tremendous odds!
Told through the eyes of Scarlet, a divorced mother of two, Nathan a man in a loveless marriage and Miranda, a college girl on her way home for the summer with her sister and their boyfriends, Red Hill depicts the events that follow when a deadly virus finds its way into the population; infecting those bitten and turning them into mindless zombies. In the tradition of The Walking Dead, Red Hill is a very realistic and chilling novel. A far cry from other zombie novels where futuristic elements play a part, Red Hill explores what would happen if a zombie apocalypse happened in today’s society.
Personally I don’t think this book is going to appeal to everyone. Though McGuire’s pertinent to detail is spot on and her writing solid, Red Hill lacks some of the excitement and over dramatization that I would hope to see in this kind of novel. Red Hill is in no way a romantic zombie story. McGuire doesn’t romanticize her zombies; this isn’t a story about a bunch of capable and kick-butt people taking on the zombies. This is a story about a group of very real, very authentic, very frightened people who are just trying to survive when the world as they know it ends.
I found it really interesting seeing Jamie McGuire weave together the lives of her characters without them even knowing it. Until the moment they all meet at Red Hill, Scarlet, Nathan and Miranda are put in the vicinity of each other numerous times, even interacting with the same individuals, be it at different points in time and don’t even know it.
Throughout Red Hill, McGuire explores the complexity of human emotion and an individual’s capacity to love in the face of tremendous odds, where survival is far from a sure thing. It’s impossible not to question certain idealisms and notions when reading this book. I mean, what is stronger than a mother’s love for her children, or a father’s love for his child? The power of love between two people sure they want to spend the rest of their lives together? How can we judge people as conceited and selfish when the selfishness seen is as simple as the lengths at which a mother is willing to go to to protect her child? How can you judge someone for putting the life of the one they love over a complete stranger?
It may seem cruel, but in a world gone wrong, what happens to a person’s capacity to care when everyone is out for themselves and do cruel things? It’s a chilling thought, and through out Red Hill, amidst the danger and entertaining story it’s hard not to think of this. At least, I know I did.
Filled to the brim with high stakes, violence and danger, Red Hill mixes friendship and love with bittersweet happiness and sadness. Though it might not be for everyone, Red Hill is a nicely written, and in my opinion, a great read! (less)
Rush Too Far is the highly anticipated re-telling of the first book in the Too Far Series, Fallen Too Far; this time told entirely by Rush Finley! As addictive and as deeply satisfying as all the other books in the series, Rush Too Far is exactly what fans have been waiting for!
As a not-so-closet Abbi Glines fan, Rush Too Far was a novel I had been dying to get my greedy little paws on for a long time. With books two and three, Never Too Far and Forever Too Far told through both Blaire and Rush’s eyes, the prospect of revisiting the events of Fallen Too Far which was told only through Blaire’s eyes again but with Rush at the helm was something I was never going to pass up.
Catapulting us straight into the scene where Rush and Blaire first meet and their journey begins, Rush Too Far was another brilliantly written and sensual Glines tale from the beginning. Personally I always love Abbi Glines books, and as always Glines doesn’t disappoint; exploring her characters in that expert way she does with chemistry and flair!
Fans already love Rush, but Rush Too Far offers us the chance to understand him in a way we never have before, but even I will admit I was surprised over some of the things that were going through his mind during certain situations that I otherwise believed he was indifferent to. These books always open your eyes to the true intentions of characters and what they really think and feel and I loved that we had this chance with Rush.
The beginning of Rush’s story with Blaire was really the biggest experience in his life, seeing as it changed so much about how he saw the world and how he felt. The relationship he develops with Blaire and the way he comes to love her changed how he acted and who he prioritized in his life. As fans we know how difficult Rush and Blaire journey was and all they would go through, so personally I think there’s something very satisfying going back to the beginning and seeing it all unfold again, but through Rush’s eyes this time. Obviously I was familiar with the storyline and the actual chain line of events, but that didn’t make it any less pleasing to witness once more.
Deeply sensual and electric, Rush Too Far is as sexy and as addictive as all other Abbi Glines novels. Rush and Blaire are as hot as they beautiful to read about and I have to give Abbi Glines props for delivering another brilliant story! (less)
Forever Too Far is the emotional, and at times dramatic, conclusion to Abbi Gline's Too Far series and tells the final installment in Blaire and Rush's journey in what is an intense and adorable read!
After taking my time to actually begin this series, it's suffice to say I've enjoyed each and every book---breezing through the entire series in a week. Which, when you work full time, is really something. From the opening chapter in the very first book, this series has been addictive. The simple dynamic of the plotline was lovely to read about and the crazy, intense, lovable and at times maddening characters have made the Too Far series one swift excitement after another. Basically it's been a story and world I've loved getting lost in.
So, in that being said, Forever Too Far is a perfect example of everything good about this series. After the adorable ending of Never Too Far, Blaire and Rush begin this chapter of their story preparing for the arrival of their first child, planning their wedding and looking forward to their future, but in typical Abbi Glines fashion, Glines throws one hurdle after another at this young couple and together Blaire and Rush must face things once and for all; proving the strength and durability of their relationship.
Forever Too Far is sweet, sassy and so much fun. I'll be honest, I've had my issues with Blaire and Rush throughout this series, but with each and every book I've fallen in love with them a little bit more, warming to them just that bit extra. So much so that I was giddy the entire time I was reading this book. After everything Abbi Glines has brilliantly put them through; all the difficulties, all the drama, seeing them become man and wife and then welcome their son into the world was so satisfying to behold.
If you're heading into this book believing pregnancy is going to put a damper on Blaire and Rush's love life, you'd be wrong. Their relationship is as strong, and sexy, as ever with Glines saucy, and at times naughty, writing detailing their sensual and sweet romance.
While Blaire and Rush may have found their happily ever after there are a number of other loveable and beguiling characters Glines has introduced throughout the series that have not. Characters whose own powerful personalities deserve stories and with Woods and Della's tale well underway in their spin-off series, I'm hopeful for Grant and Harlow's tale in the future, as well as a few others I hope Glines gives some love to one day.
A sexy, fun and adorable ending to the Too Far series, Forever Too Far hits the nail on the head with it's engaging and satisfying storyline. The conclusion Abbi Glines delivers is everything that I could have asked for and more, and though I'm sad to see the series come to an end, a better ending there couldn't have been! (less)
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)