Before Ever After would have never gotten my attention if not for the great recommendation from my Boss. Is the cover exuding of maximum sappiness? YeBefore Ever After would have never gotten my attention if not for the great recommendation from my Boss. Is the cover exuding of maximum sappiness? Yes, I think so. But I didn’t expect to read history lessons in this book. It’s like Somewhere In Time repeated in several lifetimes.
This is what I think how I should’ve interpreted the book:
That Max & Shelley’s feelings for each other level the unconditional peace, joy and love that only the eternal paradise can bring us.
This is how I thought of the book:
Let’s start with how it captured me… Of course, if you’ve read other reviews, you’ll see one major uniform reaction — that knowing who and what Max is, is what they’re yearning for. So I kept on flipping the pages, reading generations and generations of stories (not actually reading, but skimming) just to find out who and what Max is. You see, if you give me something that’s mixed with the supernatural, I become technical. I need laid-down explanations, not metaphors (which we’ve got loads in the book).
So what did I think of the book? Yes, it’s lovely, it’s romantic, it’s what was supposed to happen with Romeo and Juliet if only they’ve met Gestrin, who purposely changed his name to Mihael. But all the feelings of love and sacrifice and acceptance were stripped from me when the book presented a riddle of who and what Max is.
So was it answered? Spoiler alert, Max is immortal. But what is he? What kind of creature is he? Is he a leprechaun? A mythological god? A serpent from Mt. Vesuvius? A faerie? A jinn? He’s neither a vampire nor an angel, alright. How can a human be immortal without falling into a taxonomic classification of the immortals? Maybe it’s the consequence for not reading all of the words written in the book, but somebody needs to explain to me what he is. Haha.
And fine, you may think lesser of me for not knowing what Max is even after reading the book.
I should’ve just accepted the spoilers when my Boss offered them to me. LOL! Anyhoo, thanks so much for a wonderful addition to my mental library, Boss!...more
Yet another different take on how Angels co-exist with humans and how Vampires are made.
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh was the book that I should’ve coYet another different take on how Angels co-exist with humans and how Vampires are made.
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh was the book that I should’ve come across earlier. Why just know about this now? Such great perspective should never be missed out. And I thank my Boss for recommending the series.
I found the book quite promising in establishing the state of the living: 1) Ten Archangels ruling over delineated parts of the world; 2) Vampires serving the Angels; 3) Guild Hunters getting hired to police the Vampires. It’s very interesting, at least for me.
And I have more reasons to love the book:
1. Elena Deveraux, the heroine in the story, is a one hot BAMF guild hunter. Fearless, unforgiving and fierce. Her extreme olfactory sense is one of a kind, even among immortals; and that makes her battle-ready and so sexy for our winged and fanged friends.
2. I’m not so sure which shocked me the most — an agnostic Raphael (from Angelfall) or an erotic Raphael (Angels’ Blood). Either way, I salute his power and valor. And yes, I admit, I loved the parts when Raphael was being an overconfident sensual stud. It’s like Magic Mike in the Angel World.
3. Dmitri’s loyalty to Raphael is massive. But he really gets exponentially annoying every time he releases that sensual scent to allure Elena.
4. Illium. Pretty angel boy. Love him. I’m already starting with the 2nd book and I look forward to unraveling more of his character.
5. Uram was such a waste, but I guess when there’s this dark opportunity to drink intense power, some would drown of greediness.
6. Michaela is a hot damn bitch. But since I’m already rooting for Elena, I would very much like it if she keeps her lustful angel dust away from Raphael. She can scoot now.
7. Lijuan, the most ancient Archangel in the Cadre, talked in riddles (as Michaela would put it). She was even harder to understand than Shakespeare. How lucky can we get that Raphael can interpret her out-of-this-world language game easily? That old hag. Tsk.
8. What I expect to get elucidation from the the 2nd book: a. "Come little hunter. Taste." — somebody should explain to me why the hell does Elena keep on having these nightmares. What exactly happened in her past? b. I need to understand why does Raphael have unusual (or let’s say, mortal-like) responses to certain stimuli.
Looking at the bigger picture, it’s still power that everyone’s craving for. It’s power that can create a civilization and yet it can also destroy one. Say, if Elena hadn’t tracked Uram & Raphael hadn’t killed him, key cities would have instant red sea. Also, I think one of the good dimensions of the book is that even if the story was set in New York, it spoke concern of the whole world. Fantastic. :-)
Above of it all, is it just me or it’s really not a good idea reading Angelfall before Angels’ Blood? Haha!...more
Perhaps we haven’t had enough reminder that F Buddies do not work out as just F Buddies. There can only be two endings in this kind of setup (based onPerhaps we haven’t had enough reminder that F Buddies do not work out as just F Buddies. There can only be two endings in this kind of setup (based on what I’ve seen in the movies and TV series):
1. Almost always, they end up falling in love with each other. Basic examples are “No Strings Attached” and “Friends With Benefits” — typical love story.
2. If the first option is not an option, they end up tearing down the intangible contract of just being F Buddies. Why? Because somebody’s hurting already–not necessarily one of them, could be someone outside their little intimate bubble. Refer to How I Met Your Mother’s Ted, Robin & Barney.
Whew. That was an unusually long introduction for Samantha Young’s new book, On Dublin Street.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book. It has its own edge to keep you feeling giddy at every page, especially with all the dapper male characters led by Braden Carmichael!
Let’s get some items in place:
a. Will you hate me if I say that I like Joss Butler’s gut? Yes, she has a craptastic awful lot of internal conflict going on (ugh the panic attacks are so not cool for someone as hot as her), but I love the fierceness! She doesn’t care, she doesn’t give a damn. She’s like that and people just have to deal with it.
b. Braden-fckn-Carmichael. This dude just rocked my world. Okay, maybe someone like him exists–with Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling around the Hollywood corner–but you just know it that he’s unattainable. The suit got me, of course, and there’s this thing where he’s capable of loving someone loyally–too sticky that it gets unbelievable. Now where can I get a Braden Carmichael of my own?
c. The sexy scenes are freakin’ steamy, dude. Steamy. Smokin’ and everything else.
d. Ellie and Adam… oh these two. Really glad that they’ve worked out everything but it’s such a waste that Ellie had to have a condition before Adam manned up!
e. Joss’ character transformation is good. She has learned to accept and face the havoc that happened in her past. Guess that’s what she really needed after years of hiding and masking the pain of loss. So thankful of Ellie, Braden and her shrink. Heh.
The book has its own dose of cheesiness, but I don’t care. The characters are too cool. If this was a High School cafeteria, they are the Campus Royalty!...more
It’s amazing how I can still get myself to post something about Indebted by Amy Bartol after it squeezed all of the emotions that my hypothalamus canIt’s amazing how I can still get myself to post something about Indebted by Amy Bartol after it squeezed all of the emotions that my hypothalamus can ever secrete.
How do I even begin to talk about a book that has rendered me lightheaded, speechless and intoxicated for days? But for the sake of letting everything out and letting the world know how invaluable this extravagant piece is, I shall try my very best to encapsulate my feelings in this post. *gulp*
1. It’s in the nature of a Seraph to feel very territorial of what they believe belongs to them.
I must admit that aside from the incredulous speed, wit and apathetic mask that the Seraphim possess, this is one of my favorites–them stalking their property every minute, every hour of the day. Them being so utterly protective of what they think belongs to them. As if they’re incapable of sharing, which I guess could be true since they are naturally jealous creatures!
Evie stalking Reed, not letting him out of her sight (well at least in the beginning of the book), made me a happy giddy fangirl! Especially in the part where the Dominion stepped foot in their camp then Evie, sensing an unconfirmed danger, came running in front of Reed while carrying a weapon. The girl’s ready to pounce right then and there! Hush, darling! But of course, Reed couldn’t be sensually happier and prouder of Evie’s instant reaction! Haha.
2. Russell is like a male counterpart of a damsel in distress.
To continue reading the book, I must understand how important Russell is to Evie. Yes, to the point that she left Reed just to save Russell. What the hell. I cannot even. Don’t even start with me, Genevieve.
Okay, so, Russell is Evie’s soul mate. Blah blah blah. She feels obligated to save him because when she was a Gancanagh captive, Russell pulled off a suicide mission just to save her. Fine. She was committed to save him. But why does she need to shut out Reed? Fine. Because she feels it’s her mission. I think Evie’s nature to protect everyone she loves coincides with Reed’s vows to her. They both want to be on the front line and nobody wants to back down and give way. Hence, Evie’s alone trip to the stinky Ifrit. Because she knows that Reed will never let her face the monster.
3. Evie’s contract with Brennus just killed me.
DO I EVEN HAVE TO FCKN EXPLAIN THIS SHT? At this point, I kept on bugging my friend, asking her if there’s still hope after this fckery. Really, Evie, really?!!!!!!!!! (Sorry guys, if I’m too intense. If you’ve noticed, I’m a “Reed Advocate”)
4. Reed’s agony was excruciatingly unbearable for my heart.
This is where I cried like a newborn baby who just got out of her Mom’s womb. Yes. That’s how affected I am of the tormenting pain that ripped Reed’s heart while Evie was in the hands of Brennus, bound by that muhfckn contract.
The song “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran helped me get by while Reed’s suffering registers in my brain.
"Give me love like never before, ’cause lately I’ve been craving more And it’s been a while but I still feel the same, Maybe I should let you go You know I’ll fight my corner, and that tonight I’ll call you After my blood is drowning in alcohol, No I just wanna hold you
Give a little time to me, or burn this out We’ll play hide and seek to turn this around, All I want is the taste that your lips allow, My, my, my, my, oh give me love"
My masochist self had been craving for Reed to appear out of nowhere albeit I was becoming hopeless with Evie. I should not have had any doubts. My sweet sweet dark divine Angel will always come avenging.
"As I try desperately to cling to the dream, I feel fluttering butterflies in my stomach, like he is here with me and it’s the sweetest torture." – Evie
Follow the butterflies, they say.
"Hold on to the string, love, until the current shifts and we can be together again." – Reed
"This is for you, for when it becomes hard to breathe." – Reed
“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love… I love thee best, O most best, believe it.”
5. As a Reed advocate, it is inevitable to distrust Evie and lose all what’s left of my strength to grip that string; that tiny spark of hope that she will come into her real senses and just smash Brennus like a UFC fighter.
You ask why? I could give three major scenarios. Actually, I could go on and on and point all the flaws of Evie’s supposedly rational mind, but no. I shall limit it to the most heart-wrenching scenes.
First. One of the Gancanagh died during an ambush attack in Brennus’ lair. They held a funeral and Evie made a speech about the dead Gancanagh’s honor and how he was like no other. While her pent up emotions came pouring down, I was like, is a fck supposed to be given here or...?
And then she dropped the bomb to my heart by uttering this to Brennus.
"Bring me Casimir and I will be anything you want me to be." – Evie
Anything? Anything he wants her to be? REALLY NOW, EVIE. REALLY.
Second. Reed stealthily visited Evie’s room in the Gancanagh territory. He gave in a glimpse of what he’s planning to do to Brennus once the magical contract has been broken.
"I will bury him so deep, the cries of Sheol will reign above him." – Reed
AND WHAT DID EVIE THINK OF THAT, YOU ASK?! (just an inner monologue)
"I should want that–I should want Brennus to suffer, but I don’t. He’s in my blood, too, whether I want him there or not and now–now the thought of his suffering makes me suffer, too." – Evie
Could somebody just please slap Evie in the face.
Third. This got me to the edge of my seat. As a contingency plan, Evie had been collecting her blood into an empty perfume bottle just in case she gets bitten. On her 19th birthday, Brennus gave her one of her heart’s deepest desires as a gift. In return, Evie gave her stock of blood to Brennus. SHE GAVE HER BLOOD TO BRENNUS ON A SILVER FCKN PLATTER.
"Dis is… ye are giving me yer blood." – Brennus
"I’m giving you my trust… You can do whatever you want with it–my blood. I just ask that you protect the trust I have given you." – Evie
But then again, I would have to understand Evie in the most logical way that I can. I’ve made a list of why she went out of her mind while being held custody of the Gancanagh. Haha.
* Her righteousness is immeasurable. Her compassion is beyond comprehension. My human mind could not fathom how she expresses kindness to creatures, regardless if they are divine or fallen. The girl’s a natural.
* Brennus got her. As in got her, got her. Remember when he told her that he knows her deepest desires? Desires that even Reed does not know? Because he drank her blood. It’s a supernatural reason, but I do accept it just to keep up with Evie’s irrational, unexpected responses to Brennus. Brennus trains her with strategy, does not shut her out in planning, shares their most prized possessions and provided her with the most elusive information of all–who her real father is.
* For once, I will say this. Russell is right. The Gancanagh brainwashed her, making her see perspective through their perspective. Not hers. Hence, she began to develop concern towards the fairy monsters.
* Top of mind and most reasonable explanation of all–Evie suffered from a major condition of STOCKHOLM SYNDROME. It’s uncanny and scary at the same time.
6. Just when I thought that my heart has stopped beating inside the fortress of Reed’s sorrowful emotions, we are all subjected to this brutal kind of unconditional love.
"I had to come here and tell you that I need you to come back to me.
I’m just getting by without you. I ache from not being able to hear your voice, to see your smile, to feel your caress." – Reed
The late night discreet visits of Reed were my refuge. It did not even end with the misery, but instead, with this…
"If they turn you, then find me–I will make a good first kill. Dying in your arms sounds like bliss to me." – Reed
DEAD. DOUBLE DEAD. TRIPLE DEAD. QUADRUPLE DEAD.
Shameless confession. I fckn cried when Reed brought mac ‘n cheese and twinkies for Evie because she’s so hungry. WHO FCKN CRIES OVER MAC ‘N CHEESE AND A BOX OF TWINKIES? MEEEEEE.
7. The confrontation between Reed and Evie in the latter part of the book was an affirmation of Evie’s undying, pure love for Reed.
"Reed: I thought I was losing you when you wanted to stay… How could you shut me out like that? You promised me that you would never leave again, but you did. Evie: Technically, I didn’t leave you–I just didn’t come straight back when I escaped. Reed: No, you’re right. Technically, you just pretended that I didn’t exist. Evie: I’m sorry. I love you and I will show no mercy to anyone who tries to keep us apart again. No mercy… I swear it."
I do believe that she loves Reed THAT MUCH. I’d like to believe that she will really show no mercy to whoever will try to break them apart again. But I just could not shake off this feeling that she’s too compassionate to everyone to hold on to this promise. But I will give her the benefit of the doubt just because she’s getting back to her Angel senses (refer to Incendiary chapter one).
8. If I can’t have Reed, I’d rather have Zee in my bedroom. KTHXBYE.
After turning on the last page of the book, I felt like a Reaper helping a soul to get to Paradise. The ethereal sanctuary opens its doors in front of you, then closes and leaves you behind. You feel desperate and unworthy for not making it to the other side. The longing I feel for the continuation of the story is such a hyperbole.
Now, I’m suffering from a severe, wicked case of REED WELLINGTON WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME.
BRB while I bury my broken self and wallow in a tidal wave of emotions.
Amy Bartol, what you do to me is major! *cue in fangirl tears*...more
This is the problem with high school. It is when stereotyping is rampant and the student body falls into a caste system. Undeniably, those who are onThis is the problem with high school. It is when stereotyping is rampant and the student body falls into a caste system. Undeniably, those who are on top of the social class (naturally, the rich and “career” kids) are expected to have straight A’s, be blessed with good genes, act flawlessly perfect in front of authorities and get involved with those who are within their league.
A common denominator of those attributes is Brittany Ellis, our heroine in Perfect Chemistry, written by Simone Elkeles.
She’s rich. She’s the cheerleading captain. She’s the girl of the football captain. She’s royalty Barbie. She’s book smart. She’s hot. She’s beautiful. She’s the envy of many.
Nevertheless, underneath those designer clothes and thick gunk on her face, Brittany is hurting of family issues. I assume that this is the author’s way of saying that life is fair. No one could really have it all. No one could ever have the best of both worlds. And this kind of drama has been present across primetime TV shows, even movies.
Enter the hot and dangerous gangster, Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes. He’s a Mexican who’s a member of the Latino Blood—kind of a racial don’t-you-dare-quit / you-have-to-do-drug-and-gun-deals fraternity in the south side of the town. He keeps up to his bad boy image, but eventually loosens up when Brittany invaded his… dreams (mostly during the day) and the rest is history.
My objective in reading the book was to find something that had the same or greater level of UST than Thoughtless. Sadly, this wasn’t it. I never even felt that Brittany was starting to fall in love with Alex and vice-versa. But I guess you would really never know when you’re losin’ it, huh?
Anyway, of all the Brit-Alex scenes, my favorite was the “Ask A Question” game. It was the only the time I felt great tension and love between the two. I know the Chemistry meetings made them queasy, but the impact on me (as a reader) was much more like a crush rather than potential bed mates.
Overall, (and I apologize for saying this, but…) I think the book is a whole cliché: we’re-not-a-perfect family drama, I-can’t-quit-my-frat alibi and I-will-give-up-everything-for-you resolution. It’s like something I’ve watched or read already. Perhaps, the montage of various chick flicks and chick lits available does that to a person every once in a while when they encounter a book that’s pretty much playing safe to narrate the status quo. However, I still liked it. Just because it slightly pulled me to know how Brittany and Alex would resolve their issues and get back together.
Having known that Perfect Chemistry had two more books in the series, I thought that Elkeles could have ended this first book with a cliffhanger instead of a finale-worthy scene with matching history-repeats-itself epilogue. Apparently, the second book won’t be about Brittany and Alex anymore; it will tell the tale of Carlos Fuentes—Alex’s brother. *moment of understanding* Maybe we can catch a glimpse of their future in the next books? Well, I’m just hoping....more
Effortless by S.C. Stephens is the second installment of Kiera & Kellan’s obstacle-filled love story. Still told in Kiera’s perspective, the bookEffortless by S.C. Stephens is the second installment of Kiera & Kellan’s obstacle-filled love story. Still told in Kiera’s perspective, the book was actually a lighter read as compared to Thoughtless. Perhaps, I am all for the thrill of the “drum roll” and the exhilarating, breathtaking, mind-blowing ST of Thoughtless. Don’t get me wrong, the adult scenes in Effortless were so da-uhmn awesomemazing, but of course, there’s less tension since our love birds are now officially… love birds. Haha!
The synopsis of the book doesn’t say much about the story, but honestly, it’s all about history repeating itself–Kellan went off on a tour with the D-Bags and Kiera was left in Seattle. Again. Of course, being the hottest rock star out there (well, at least in that bunch of bands), it’s difficult not to be groped and ogled by desperate wannabes and groupies. That was one complication. Another was Denny’s back in town. Now we have an arena. Haha!
I must admit that aside from my constant addiction to read chapters after chapters, I was engulfed by the whole context of the book. For a while there (okay fine, the whole duration of reading it), I felt like I was Kiera. I felt like I was having a relationship with a hot dayum rock star who could just be taken to bed by any groupie. And as expected, I absolutely thought that at least one of them would cheat. My eyes were on Kellan, actually. Sorry, Bro. With that hotness level of yours, you were transforming ovaries into time bombs. I should know.
While our protagonists were trying to cope with a long distance relationship, only one song comes into mind: It Will Rain by Bruno Mars.
"To realize what we used to have, we don’t have it anymore."
I think the beauty of the book is its bravery to expose realistic situations. For one, no matter how much two people are unconditionally in love, there will always come a time that they will somehow drift apart… gradually. Having doubts are inevitable. Cheating is compared to nothing nowadays (seeing as both characters have history in that department). It will happen regardless of their strong feelings for each other. And it’s up to them to revive or fix or rekindle what was lost, if anything was even lost.
“I can’t imagine what the time apart has done to us. I’m hoping we’re closer. I’m hoping we’re more in love than ever. I’m hoping that when I come back, you’ll move in with me. In all honesty, I’m hoping that when I come back you’ll agree to marry me someday. Because that’s what I want, what I dream about. You, mine, for the rest of my life. I hope you feel the same…because I don’t know what I would do without you. I love you so much. But, if for some reason we’re not closer, if something has gotten between us, please, I’m begging you…don’t give up on me. Stay. Stay with me. Work it out with me. Just don’t leave me…please.
I love you, always,
Kellan” - page 365-366, Chapter 19
It shattered my heart after reading this note. I hadn’t expected Kellan to be the one professing this. He anticipated that something will happen, but he was convincingly sure of his feelings for her. If it were any guy, he could’ve just let go of Kiera. But no. Apparently, Kellan’s not “any guy.” He’s… unreal. I’m not even sure if such person exists. I can’t even imagine a love like this. It was astoundingly surreal. To beg someone to work it out and not give up while both of you are feeling that it’s almost over? That’s just too much. But if this happens in real life, then maybe hope still exists (in the eyes of us potential old maidens).
My only turn off was the ending. Yet again, like a child’s bedtime story, deus ex machina was applied in the last chapter. There’s just something wrong with “everything’s alright.” You just know it. Something has to be wrong. Because such is life. And we’re not in full control of it.
Nevertheless, silly or not, I think Kellan’s big gesture in the end was undeniably cute and romantic. It it were me, I would’ve preferred that kind of “ceremony” instead of the full prep.
Needless to say, I am in love with the books. I am in love with the characters–-except Griffin, okay. And I owe this to Ana for sharing these good finds with me. Love you, Anya!
#KellanKyleWithdrawalSyndrome starts now. Read, and you shall understand....more
This left me breathless almost constantly while I was reading it.
Just to give you a gist, Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens is a story about true love dyinThis left me breathless almost constantly while I was reading it.
Just to give you a gist, Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens is a story about true love dying and true love sparking. Kiera moved in with her boyfriend, Denny, to Seattle as Denny got a huge internship offer from a world-class Ad Agency. She left her family and school at Ohio just so she can be with him. They could never stand being apart from each other, until Kellan came into her life.
Kellan is Denny’s friend, who apparently owns the house they’ll be renting in while at Seattle. Kiera and Kellan grew their friendship when Denny was indefinitely away for a business trip (estimated two months). She was so miserable that Denny left her shortly after they transferred to another state, and Kellan was there to be her refuge.
And the rest was history…
The matured content was, honestly, breaking innocence for every reader. And the best part was… THERE’S – JUST – TOO – MUCH – ST! It was tremendously sensational. If you know what I mean.
I couldn’t believe that there’s an author who could write more graphic intimate scenes than Richelle Mead and Jamie McGuire before I’ve met S.C. Stephens’ actual words. My brain just automatically tuned out everything and everyone, and with just one line, I was already devoured by the book.
Although, admittedly, the first few chapters were kinda boring. If you practically have the skill to skim, just skim! But don’t ever miss the part where Kiera Allen, our naive heroine, first locked gazes with Kellan Kyle, the rockstar sex god.
Words do not even suffice how much… how much…
Sorry, guys. I think I just melted there. Excuse me while I continue ogling over Kellan Kyle’s godlike image in my mind.
Here’s an excerpt from the book where Kiera first saw Kellan. And believe me, this is nothing compared to what he’s capable of in the next chapters.
"He had intense eyes that were busy scanning the crowd of adoring women clustered around the front of the stage. His light, sandy-brown hair was a thick, wild mess. It was longer on the top with shorter, shaggy layers all the way around and he was running his hand through it in a rather adorable way. As Anna would say, he had “bedroom hair.” Well, okay, she would use a cruder adjective, my sister could be a little crass, but it was the kind of style that looked like he had just been ravished in the back room. I blushed as it occurred to me that maybe he had been… Anyway, it was alarmingly attractive on him. Not everyone could pull off that kind of look.
His clothes were surprisingly basic, like he knew he didn’t have to accessorize his looks. His shirt was just a basic gray tee, with the long sleeves pushed back to the elbow. It was just tight enough to hint at what was most definitely a fabulous body underneath. He wore perfectly lived-in black jeans with black, heavy boots. Simple, yet stunning. He looked like a rock god.
Even with all that, the most amazing part of him, besides his alluring voice, was his unbelievably sexy smile. He only showed glimpses of it through the words he was singing, but it was enough. A smooth halfsmile here and there – flirting with the crowd. Utterly charming.
He was downright sexy. Unfortunately, he knew it."
- Chapter 1, Page 7
And did I mention that there’s too much ST, it hurts?! If you must’ve guessed, the world of the story is pretty much myopic but Kiera’s great internal conflict and Kellan’s piercing emotions vehemently pull you–made my thoughts borderline unmanageable. Kiera and Kellan’s relationship went through a vicious cycle but you’ll never get tired of it. You would keep on wanting more. It’s kind of addicting, actually.
Anyway, I’ve got some songs playing in my head while reading this book. Just my incoherent mind putting up a playlist.
1. Kiera-Kellan affair – Sensual Seduction by Snoop Dogg and Lips of an Angel by Hinder 2. Kellan confessing his childhood to Kiera – Use Somebody cover by Hannah Trigwell 3. Kiera realizing she loves Kellan – Can’t Help Falling In Love version by Ingrid Michaelson 4. Kiera moping for months after the accident – Emotions version by Destiny’s Child 5. Kellan’s song for Kiera that got them back together – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script
If there’s one thing that I’ll carry on from this book, it’s knowing that going out of your safety net, of your comfort zone, may actually lead you to THE ONE. <3
What kept me up the whole of Saturday, until before dawn of Sunday, was this addicting book, Beautiful Disaster. And I’m holding Jamie McGuire, the auWhat kept me up the whole of Saturday, until before dawn of Sunday, was this addicting book, Beautiful Disaster. And I’m holding Jamie McGuire, the author, responsible for this instant obsession.
It was hauntingly amazing… and enchanting at the fact that I was hooked to the book just like Travis was hooked to Abby.
The story was in a College setting and told in the perspective of Abby Abernathy. She transferred to Eastern University with her best friend, America, as she tries to escape from her terrible and infamous past. America’s dating Shepley, who’s cousins with Travis–the University’s resident manwhore & the best fighter in The Circle (EU’s version of Fight Club). Abby & Travis first met in one of his fights, and since then, he had never taken his eyes off of her. And that’s just the start of a one helluva bumpy ride.
Having said that Travis is a manwhore, trashy intercourse was inevitable in this book. Booze, fights, laughs, cries, yells… plus all the emotions you could think of–they’re all in here. But one thing’s for sure, this is not for the fainthearted or for the conservative folks; this is for the liberated minds who seek a reality-shutdown badly.
I’ve seen a lot of great reviews about the book, but there were some who transparently announced their disdain & disgust. As for me, what’s disturbing is the fact that I wasn’t disturbed. At all. I must be really psychologically ill. Or maybe I’m an extreme escapist to be able to embrace this fiction immediately when it’s right in front of me.
Travis Maddox. How do I even begin to describe Travis Maddox?
He’s the guy who I know I should extremely avoid & wish not to encounter ever in my entire life, but he’s also the guy who’s all I ever wanted… and more.
He’s a BAMF (Bad Ass Muthr Fckr) fictional character–with his unbeatable Fight Club record & tats all over his porn-worthy body. Believe me, I was actually asking if I could get pregnant just by reading his confessions of undying love and overprotection to Abby. Haha!
About Abby, well… can I just say that all their, uhm, adult scenes were activated by her suppressed desire? Haha! This girl has low tolerance for control, really. But I totally understand. I have no complaints about Abby’s character development because I clearly felt her pain–both from the past and the present. Besides, Travis is irresistible. I’m surprised she was able to hold back for a month, if you know what I mean.
What touched me the most was Jim’s (Travis’ Dad) words to Abby. It was another revelation of Travis’ trait. That he has never loved a woman, besides his Mom, until Abby came into his life. That, actually, he forgot how it was like to love until Abby scooped him from a lonely place. It was outright wonderful.
Can we all just take a moment of silence and wallow in grief on that bedroom scene during their Thanksgiving Break? Losing Abby was Travis losing his world. And I still can’t fathom that such sad words could ever come out his sweet soft lips.
Anyway, I’ve talked about my turn-ons; let’s hop onto some minimal turn-offs: 1. Travis tattooing Abby’s name on his wrist, only because I believe that obsession and love are never permanent between two people. But of course, he’s Travis. He wouldn’t be if he had never done it. 2. The marriage in Vegas was absolutely idiotic for me to comprehend, just because I don’t believe that marriage at an early age will get you to places. Then again, they’re recklessly in love–which invalidates my disapproval & drives the point why they got married in the first place. And it’s Vegas. It has earned its reputation of insincerity.
Generally, I LOVE THIS BOOK. Isn’t it obvious? Haha! I’m so glad I was on Twitter when Ana & Ericka were talking about this. I was so lucky to chance upon it.
Also, one thing this book affirmed for me: love is the trigger where hell breaks loose.