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Chosen by Denise Grover Swank
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Dec 14, 2011

it was amazing
Read in February, 2012

Seriously, what can I say that countless other people haven't already? Once you start reading this book, you won't be able to stop. You will take it with you everywhere you go. So, if you have something important you need to do, like work or making dinner, don't start the book until you can dedicated the next day or two, to finishing it.

Don't say, oh I'll just read the first chapter and stop. You won't be able to because it starts off with a bang and doesn't let up. Ever. It just keeps going until you get to the last page, and you are thinking, how is this possibly the last page? Why is this the last page? Then you realize there's a sequel, and poof, there go 2 more days of your life.

The story itself is about Emma, Mom on the run, her son, and Will. The majority of the book is just the three of them running from the bad men who want Jake. Lesser authors might make this very dull, but there isn't a dull moment between these characters. Electricity runs trough every encounter Emma and Will have and you practically want to scream, just kiss him already for the love of...

The characters are real. Emma has been on the run for years, protecting her little boy. She's everything you expect her to be. She's standoffish, at times feels like she's failing Jake (even when she isn't.) She's tired. She desperately needs someone to take care of her for awhile, to carry the burden, but can't even think these things to herself, let alone out loud. It's as real as it gets.

Jake is a precocious little boy who seems wise beyond his five years. But, I'm pretty sure having visions of the men who want to kill you, seeing the future, and being on the run with your Mom probably does that to a person. Maybe that's just me.

And Will has his own secrets, his own agenda. He still is very relate able, and as his resolves begin to falter, you will root for him to make the right decisions, all the while thinking 'this guy is smoking hot'. Seriously.

And there's a twist at the end that was perfect. You'll be biting your nails wondering what's going to happen, if the right choices were made, and just when you think the jig is up...
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