This is probably going to be a very short ramble regarding this book :) While I loved seeing the events of He Belongs With Me from Leo’s point of3.5/5
This is probably going to be a very short ramble regarding this book :) While I loved seeing the events of He Belongs With Me from Leo’s point of view, I really, really, really needed there to be MORE.
I desperately need to know what happens when real life starts to kick back in for Clara and Leo. How are they going to cope when Clara goes back to college and Leo has to go back to work?????????
The depth of understanding provided from being able to see the events from Leo’s perspective was priceless. His thoughts about himself and the way he views Clara were equally poignant and emotional to witness. I even understood his friendship with Maggie a little better, although I can’t say I liked it any better.
While insight is gained into Leo’s thoughts, actions and emotions the narrative also provide more depth to Clara and the origin of her issues and barriers. It was also surprising how perceptive Dean was, aiding Leo in understanding the complexity of Clara’s emotional triggers.
So all in all I enjoyed Leo Maddox BUT I NEED MORE :)...more
Boomerang is a really cute romance with heart warming characters. The narrative also touches upon the effect of a degenerative mental disease has3.5/5
Boomerang is a really cute romance with heart warming characters. The narrative also touches upon the effect of a degenerative mental disease has on a family as a whole.
I’ve got to say that the idea of a dating website purely for hooking-up did make me shudder. To my mind it would be little more than a high class escort service. However, I think that perhaps this is how dating websites are viewed in reality. I would like to think that people as a whole have higher expectations where dating is concerned (it’s probably the romantic in me) ;)
Both Mia and Ethan have gained an internship for the highly sort after position within Boomerang. They meet randomly in a bar after their interviews, the idea of fate throwing them together immediately comes to mind. Although neither realizes until the morning after, events that transpired between them on the previous evening are lost in a haze of alcohol. The non-fraternization policy of their new positions puts a spanner in the works of their fledgling relationship, adding an element of forbidden romance to the narrative.
While Mia and Ethan have had a completely different upbringing their core values are the same. They are extremely family orientated and a wonderful, loyal friend. they both have a fantastic support system available to them. Something that really shines through the narrative and warms your heart. The support characters are extremely well developed and unique (quirky) bringing an additional dynamic to the plot.
The chemistry between Mia and Ethan is undeniable. However, it is the banter between the two that really makes their connection stand out. They are very comfortable, natural and relaxed with each other. They make a brilliant team, a point that is continually re-enforced throughout the story.
Having personal experience with Alzheimer’s made that part of the plot stick out for me. The depiction was brilliant and completely realistic. The feeling that you lose the person with the disease that diminishes them not once but twice. Firstly when they forget who you are and lastly when it causes their deaths. The constant fear of them forgetting you or placing themselves in danger is something that is well portrayed in Boomerang.
Ultimately, it is the romance that is the main focus of the story. Mia and Ethan definitely have a deep connection that allows them to bloom. They are the embodiment of ‘stronger together’ SWOON :)...more
We have already met Hazel and Javier in For Real as Shannon and Jett’s roommates and best friends. the chemistry between the pair is off the charts frWe have already met Hazel and Javier in For Real as Shannon and Jett’s roommates and best friends. the chemistry between the pair is off the charts from the beginning. Being thrown together in social situations due to their friends things are obviously going to boil over with the two of them.
Told form Hazel’s point of view you gain insight into her reluctance to form any sort of relationship with Javi. His reputation does little to assuage Hazel’s doubts, plus I found his natural talent for innuendo did little to redeem his credibility. I would have loved to have seen some pivotal plot points from Javi’s point of view but alas it was not to be :(
Although I found the story a little slow to start and the ensuing relationship a little confusing I loved watching the characters personalities unfold. The deeper understanding of them and the barriers they had in place enabled a deeper connection to them. Both Hazel and Javi are complex characters whose layers were slowly peeled back throughout the narrative. There is so much more to them than first impressions would suggest, especially with Javi.
I really liked Chelsea’s portrayal of dysfunctional families within these stories. Although there may have been a lack of nurturing within their lives leading to emotional barriers they can be overcome with the help of tender, loving care. That family isn’t necessarily about the people you are related to by blood. As well as the way fate/destiny plays its part in the fact that everything happens for a reason.
It was fantastic to see the appearance of Jett and Shannon as well as the development of their relationship.
I have to say the best thing was the way in which the ending played out. I ADORED IT. With each passing sentence you could see the future unfold :)...more
Something completely different in the world of NA, Until You Find Me not only has one heck of an intense romance but it encompasses conservation and cSomething completely different in the world of NA, Until You Find Me not only has one heck of an intense romance but it encompasses conservation and compassion on a thought provoking level.
The narrative has a Romeo and Juliet star-crossed lovers vibe to it aided by the dual narrative. Raven and Jospin’s lives couldn’t be more different aside from their skin color the aspects of nurture within their lives is a pivotal part of their identity. Raven’s father may not have been physically present in her life for most of the time but there is no denying his unconditional love for her. Whereas, Jospin is viewed more as an asset by his father, there is little nurture in his involvement. Jospin’s life is more a question of survival of the fittest than one of tender loving care. Taking into consideration Jospin’s way of life, his level of compassion and emotion are surprising.
The insight into the poachers and their lifestyle brought to mind the way in which mafia family’s are portrayed. Poachers are the equivalent of drug cartels only they deal in meat/fur as opposed to drugs. The stress and constant tension have a long lasting effect on the mind and bodies of those caught up within their net. You would be able to empathize with the killing of the animals if it was a matter of survival but when it is purely for greed/money there can be little understanding for those people running the organization. I have phrased the last sentence in such a way because the other people involved are virtually stuck with no way out apart from death.
I really enjoyed the portrayal of the gorillas within the narrative. Amber Hart did a fantastic job of realistically portraying both the tender and aggressive sides of these magnificent creatures. Portraying both the way in which conservation efforts are in place constantly hindered by the poaching. Amber Hart’s portrayal of the gorillas provide food for thought on the questions of evolution alongside the intelligence of primates :)
The use of flashbacks for memories alongside Raven’s fathers journal entries helped build the picture of both Raven and Jospin’s life and how it shaped them into the people they currently are.
Be warned there is a phenomenal cliffhanger at the end of this book and I do mean PHENOMENAL. I am desperate to find out what happens next....more