Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short-lived when a brutal ...more
Although this book deals with the topic of rape, I wouldn't class it as "dark" as a whole. Aside from one scene, in which the rape takes place, the book focuses on the aftermath of the attack and heroine's life afterward. It was equal parts somber and inspiring to see how she dealt with th ...more
"I'm not leaving you. Nothing you could say would make me want to leave you."
This is my first book by E.K. Blair, and the plot sounded so good. Candace Parker is a ballerina in college, and she has a ton of emotional issues with her mother . While trying to live a little, let go, and have fun , she goes on a few dates with a guy, and gets date raped. She shuts down , but with the supportive love of the Hero, Ryan Campbell , she lea ...more
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Book 1 in series. Series is complete. Book 2 different MCs. Book 3 hero’s’ POV.
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Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?
Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short- ...more
It's NA therefore I promised myself I would read it with OPEN MIND since I haven't been very lucky with the last few books I read (off this category).
I was indeed surprised by the writer's talent and the editing quality, mainly for an Indie book/author but...the heroine's over-dramatic reactions totally ruined it for me, really.
I know I know, she has horrible HORRIBLE parents and has been brutally assaulted an ...more
Fading is the story of Candace. She is a dance major at UW, has great friends, and a complicated relationship with her parents. Overall her life is going good, until one night she is attacked leaving a fraternity party. Now her whole world is turned upside down.
"I sit here, on the bottom of the shower, and everything I know about myself, everything I love, everything I am be...more
Good job e.k! That alone makes this a 5 star read for me.
I must say, I'm skeptical about "alternate POV" books...but, I'll give Faking a try...let's see what I think when I'm done.
If you enjoy a book that works its ...more
Blair’s novel is heart-wrenching, phenomenal read that will break your heart over and over again. It’s like ocean when the strom’s coming: Dangerous, unpredictable and dark. There’s nothing you can do to prevent inventible, because you can only observe and feel.
Candace’s is college senior with absolutely normal life. She’s studying hard and working in a café, having problems with her family and trying hard to make her dream come true, she wants to be ...more
**** CONTAINS SPOILERS **** (not that I think they could be considered spoilers as the whole book was a spoil)
First of all, (this is just my opinion of how I feel I wouldn't be after surviving a rape, of course I can't say as I've never been in that situation before) but seriously....she gets naked in the shower and lets her best 'gay' guyfr ...more
I listened to the Audible version of this book and it was great! The narrators did a nice job of keeping my attention and selling this story. I enjoyed every painstaking moment, even when my heart was breaking.
Although this book deals with the topic of rape, I wouldn't class it as "dark" as a whole. Aside from one scene, in which the rape takes place, the book focuses on the aftermath of the attack and heroine's life afterward. It was equal parts somber and inspiring to see ...more
Ryan is a great character very sweet and understanding. I had a hard time seeing what drew him to Candace initially, and what made him fall in love with her. For a guy who never let girls in in the past, I didn't understand what changed.
I liked Candace too. She's damaged before the brutal attack, and it only affirms so ...more
This story was really well written and E.K. Blair is indeed a very talented author.
The beginning was really exciting and the supporting characters were all wonderful. To my disappointment, somewhere along the way it turned into the same old story and went directly to PREDICTABLE Land.
Although the main character, Candace spends a good amount of time crying and sleeping I understood her and her struggles. I think the author did a fine job expressing her inner feelings although l ...more
Candace was raped. The entire book is hearing her fears and stresses from the rape. She won’t prosecute the guy because she doesn’t want to tell anyone. She won’t tell her best friend Kimber, so Kimber is cold to her. Later Candace tries to reconcile with Kimber, but she still won’t tell Kimber what happened. Well that’s not going to work.
Candace falls in love with a guy who is gentle, patient, and lo ...more
Candace is about to start her senior year at the University of Washington. She has spent her college years being very focused and somewhat conservative. She is a fine arts major and has her sites set on become a professional dancer. So, when her friends encourage her to let loose and live a little, she decides to listen.
This is when things go horribly wrong. One night all of her dreams turn into nightmares.
Candace is left reeling. She turns to one of her best friends and shuts everyone else ou...more
5 big fat emotional stars!!
This book was just WOW!! Totes AMAZEBALLS!!
Emotional, passionate, sensitive, poignant….I could go on and on and on but it was beautifully written. This is by no means a hearts and flowers romance, it is dark and covers the horrible topic of date rape. Candace was not only date raped but she was brutally beaten too and probably would have ended up dead had it not been for a stranger that interrupted the assault and beat her attacker away.
Candace is a br ...more
Candace is happy. She has great friends and has plans to follow her dream of becoming a ballerina. But her perfect world is shattered one night when she is attacked.
“God, please! Stop!” a girl shrieks. Before my mind can process what I’m seeing, the bastard smashes his fist into th...more
Fading by E.K. Blair gets my award for the best book I’ve read so far in 2013. Nothing has even come close to the power, emotion, and impact that this novel contains, and I am giving it my HIGHEST recommendation.
This book bravely tackles a very important, yet sensitive topic. It may trigger painful memories for some readers, but the hope this book inspires is beautiful beyond description and is well worth the painful journey.
Candace Parker is a ...more
This is a storyline that was not, in my opinion, original. I knew from the prologue and synopsis how it would play out, but I was still okay with that. All novels are reiterations of other novels to some extent, so I was willing to give this a chance.
My issues were mostly from a technical standpoint. The writing was s ...more
I’ve had Fading for some time and I read the rave reviews, I do not know why it took me so long to pick it up. Fading is my type of read. It’s long, dramatic and has a damsel in distress.
Candace wants to become a professional ballerina. She’s always played by the book and she wants to let go. For the day, she gets a tattoo and goes out on a date with her mom’s friend son. The date is short lived when he attacks Candace and leaves her emotionally scared.
Ryan owns the club ...more
I feel so weak and tired, like I'm drowning. I keep treading water, but I can never seem to get my head high enough out of the water to take in a full breath of air. I've been drowning since that night. There are times I feel like I can make it, but then I'm pulled right back under.
"I'm fading." I feel the heat of my tears as they linger down my cheeks. "He took all my light, and I've been fading ever since."
This is a real hard book to rate or review or even recommend because of the subject matter..
I can't even comprehend how a person who has been through what Candace has in this book comes out the other side without walls up or damaged in some way, which is why I've rated this at a 5 for all those victims who haven't had that support group that the female character has had in this book etc.
I felt in some places it was long winded but then in saying that I was s ...more
Every once in a while you come across a read that really resonates within you. There is something present that fills your thoughts and heart with the story. FADING by E.K. Blair did just that this past week.
The very first thing that intrigued me about the story is the absolutely stunning cover. The simplicity of the cover takes my breath away. It eludes to nothing of the story, yet after reading it, the cover says so much with so little.
When I was about half way into the st ...more
The first 40% or so felt like this:
I found it particularly difficult to connect with Candace, even with the nature of her traumatic experience, I just couldn't get there. And the dialogue felt choppy at the start. There seemed to be a verbal response to every comment/question that seemed to feel redundant based on the descriptio ...more
Candace grows up with a family where image is everything. In her senior year of college she tries to break out and have a little fun instead of always taking the safe route. Her world falls apart when she is attacked and tries to claw her way back into the world. She withdraws into herself alienating many close people in her life. Ryan comes into her life and he attempts to get her out of the funk she is ...more
I just wrote in my book group forum one of the feelings I felt when I got to the end of this and I'm afraid to say it was relief. I have so many mixed emotions regarding this read. I equally loved and disliked a big chunk. 4 stars feels generous but at the same time I feel like that 3 isn't enough. It's a ...more
What can I say except that I loved this book. This book kept me thinking all the way through. I kept wondering what I would do if I was in Candace's position. What happens to her is horrific and I truly don't know if I would be strong enough to get through it. I truly loved Candace as a lead female character...she was broken but also strong in her own right. Yes she leaned on Jase and Mark and eventually Ryan, but she was also strong enough in the end ...more
This was such an emotionally charged story that I found myself at times crying and heart broken over certain matters. I also felt myself cringing at the things Candace had endured and through her nightmares.
What I loved the most was the support group Candace had made up of Rya ...more
Okay so I finished this book last night but I couldn't write my review right when I finished. First I was super tired cause I stayed up too late reading and second my eyes were too puffy from crying like a little baby!
This book was moving. It was heartbreaking, empowering and enlightening.
E.K. puts us inside Candace's mind and we get to feel and witness everything she goes through. She's brutally attacked and spends a lot of the book struggling to get past it. My h ...more
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