OH MY GOSH. If I could rate this book higher than 5, I will definitely give it a 10. I loved it from the bottom of my heart. Soooo beautiful, I can'tOH MY GOSH. If I could rate this book higher than 5, I will definitely give it a 10. I loved it from the bottom of my heart. Soooo beautiful, I can't find the right words to describe it. All the emotions summed up to a beautiful HEA. Thank you Miss Mia for this beautiful, heartwarming story. I will hold it forever in my heart. Oh, Kyland. ------------------------- Full review posted below:
I don't accept book reviews anymore but I still try to write reviews on Goodreads and put some on my blog when I feel like the book really deserves it, or sometimes simply because I have time and I'm in the mood. But there are times when a book caught my interest so much and I knew in my gut that I need to read it or I'll regret it if I let it pass. Kyland is that kind of book. I haven't read any Mia Sheridan's novels. Even Archer's Voice which I heard was good. So when Mia Sheridan posted an ARC signup, I didn't hesitate. Instinct told me to get this book.
Now let me tell you what I think about Kyland.
This book is so good. So good that I urge you to pick it up and read it. If you haven't read any of Mia's books, make it your first.
One of the things that makes me engrossed in a book is the way a book was written and that includes quotes. I believe every reader has atleast one favorite quote. That makes us remember the book very well. Most of the times, we would highlight too many quotes that in the end, we realize we almost marked every single page. In case of Kyland, I think the author nailed it. The writing is beautiful. It had me on Chapter One. First Line.
" The first time I really noticed Kyland Barrett, he was swiping someone's discarded breakfast off a cafeteria table. I'd looked away, attempting to preserve his dignity, a gut reaction on my part."
I felt that something hit me on Chapter Two.
"Sometimes my life felt so small. And I had to wonder why those of us who were given small lives, still had to feel pain so big. It hardly seemed fair."
The rest? I guess you have to read it so you'll understand.
One of my favorite Disney movie is Mulan. In the story, there is one line that I remember the most. It says, "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most beautiful and rarest of all." This reminds of Kyland and Tenleigh. I think that they are two of the most beautiful people--two of the rarest I've ever met. While other people suffer from the hardship of life, these two take the pain with dignity, courage and hope.
I don't think I can give this book justice at all. It's absolutely beautiful in many ways. The writing is stunning. The story was sad and heartbreaking that I want to curl up and cry for these characters for their lives--for the could have beens and what ifs. So many things that I loved about this book, but most importantly, I loved it because it felt real to me. I know because I had a fair share of difficulties in life. I know the feeling of having an empty pocket. I know how to be poor. I know how it is to feel so helpless that sometimes you feel like there is no hope. I know how to sleep at night wishing that tommorow will be different--that you have a refrigerator full of food, a house with a good roof, a heated water, a more comfortable bed, and enough money so you can go to college. I KNOW. Because in some ways, I've travelled the same path, experienced the same pain. Some might think that this book isn't realistic, I have to say I disagree. Try to feel. Because there are real people out there, who suffered the same thing. There are people out there who are still in poverty and going through hell everyday, surviving and trying their best to work for their dreams. We usually don't understand if we didn't experience the same pain and hardship. It's even harder when we know nothing about love. For me, this book was real. The characters were real. They touched me and they inspire me to dream big, love more, and do good in every possible chance I get.
Breathtakingly Beautiful. This book was so good. I recommend this to my friends but I can't recommend it highly enough. It is definitely one of the best book I've ever read. Probably in my entire lifetime. And since I am a sucker for Happily Ever After, I couldn't ask for a better ending. Everyone who loves a good HEA will love it, too. Whether the story turned me upside down, gave me chills or not, the ending will always be a do or die for me and this book gave me one of the best HEA ever.
Kuddos to Ms. Mia for this stunning novel. It's like you know exactly the way to my heart. I absolutely loved it and I will remember this book for as long as my brain can hold memories.