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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Denise and Gavin are over.

381 days into their love affair, Gavin shut the door and Denise is all alone.

At day 380, Denise is trying to figure out how to salvage what’s left of their relationship and by day 200, they are even happier than the day they met; day 1 when Denise knows beginnings are merely endings in disguise.

But what doesn’t kill us will break our hearts.

Published May 24th 2018
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Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Love. Something so universal and sought after. didn't the world know that the same thing stitching you up was the thing that ripped you to shreds to begin with?"

1 day into Evol, I realized Cynthia A. Rodriguez was back and even though I knew she was going to shred my heart into pieces, I read her words anyway.

At day 2, I was a mess. EVOL made my heart soar even as it stole my breath and heart at the same time.

At day 5, I'm sure I'm going to be still thinking about this book. Because while
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Where to start?.... So I am one of those people that likes to read spoilers & negative reviews before I pick up anything to read because if I know in advance all the bad stuff that are my personal reading triggers, then I can skip and avoid aggravation. With “Evol", there were no bad reviews and no spoilers, so I decided to give it a chance because I was intrigued with all the 5 star reviews and the story starting from backwards. And you know what? I’m not a big fan of it.

In any romance, when y
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Because when you love big, you never fully come back from it. Big love makes big mistakes and comes back even bigger.”

I have to say this: Cynthia A. Rodriguez has a type of writing that is cathartic, emotional, and vulnerable all at the same. With me saying that, she created a unique story that left me grasping for more of her words. Gimme more.

“Women should never build shrines with the pieces of their broken hearts. No man can ever compete with the god you create from memories.”

I who
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Evol by Author Cynthia A. Rodriguez is a contemporary romance novel with hopes for a second chance at love.

“You think hurt cancels out love. Or that your brain has even a fraction of control over your emotions. These are the musings of a fool.”

If you could know the end from the beginning, would it make a difference? I had no idea what to expect from this story, but I went in with fear. The blurb made it seem like one thing, and although that overview piqued my interest, I anticipated s
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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just finished reading this book at work and im a mess. i have tears rolling down my face. im not ready to put this book down and say goodbye. this book put me through emotions that i stored away for a year and a half. this was just beautiful and different and worth the read. i dont want to give to much away
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Strange that we don't wear our emotional trauma on our skin. I wonder what everyone would look like if we did.'

EVOL was that book that I didn't know I needed, until I started immersing myself in its pages. I saw someone mention this book on Facebook, read the blurb, and thought it sounded interesting. Little did I know what a big impact that it'd have.

'I was the all-or-nothing girl. I gave my everything to everything I did. I was entirely too empathetic for my own good and I had to remin
J.R. Rogue
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been following Cynthia on social media for a while now, but I had never read one of her novels. We all know how it is. We have a million books on our TBR and the science of picking our next book is something even we don't understand. 

When I saw her making posts about this novel, how personal it was going to be, etc... I was intrigued. I value stories based on true stories. I love confessional tales. I could tell writing this book was taking a toll on her. That it was difficult. I believe I
Hibby Musé
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Evol is a well-crafted love story. The book starts with the ending of a relationship and while u read, it takes u back to the beginning.

This book is worth your time. The characters are believably raw and you will identify with them.

You will cry, you will yell, you will want to shake someone. This book will bring so many emotions to the surface. Cynthia described the characters emotions in poetic detail. I absolutely love the little poems at the beginning of each chapter. They are lovely little
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May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Remind me how we fell in love.
Whisper it slowly.
Start at the very end,
And meet me back at the beginning."

Evol is probably my most highlighted book ever. I just went crazy because I wanted to be able to always reread my favorite quotes but honestly with this many highlights it's just easier to reread the whole book. 

It’s such a different experience; reading a love story in reverse. Because you meet these characters at their worst and you can see their relationship slowly become better (though
Dee Garcia
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“In the beginning, the song was sweet, But somewhere along the way, the melody darkened, We are the bones of what we used to be. I am melancholy in your midst; mourning and morose.”

I wasn’t ready. I WAS NOT READY FOR THE EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER this book was going to take me on. I feel like I’m still processing and might very well be on the verge of another book hangover because my heart is just... I don’t even have the right word to finish that statement because truly, I don’t know what to fe
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
****3.5 STARS****

I'm always open to trying something different in the world of romance books and EVOL fits that to a tee.

Review to come in just a bit. . .
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first read of this author and her writing is outstanding! I loved all of the little poems at the beginning of each chapter, I think I have most of them highlighted. I don’t think I loved the story being told in reverse though. The thing I got out of it was Denise’s downward spiral and going from a confident and independent woman to someone whose happiness and well being was completely dependent on a man. There were some pivotal moments where I didn’t quite understand the change in th ...more
Tarah Hodges-Wilkins
“Love. Something so universal and sought after. Didn’t the world know that the same thing stitching you up was the thing that ripped you to shreds to begin with?”

EVOL was unlike any story I've ever read. It was such a Poetic read full of Raw anguish that will be ripping you apart with each passing page. Cynthia Rodriguez is a magician with words. You can tell this story was something so special and real to her, and the way she was able to bring it to life with and make the reader feel as it was
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Pierson
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
EVOL is the first book that I've read by the very original & highly talented Cynthia A. Rodriguez, and if I could live with myself from repeating myself over & over again in a review, I would just repeat WOW after finishing this story! However since that's not who I am, I won't, but I also refuse to give any details past the blurb because I was blown away by this story as well, so yeah, it's going to be a bumpy confusing ride of a review, so buckle up. First of all, my emotions were all over the ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh man, There were so many thing that stood out in this book for me. I must have highlighted 50 phrases that hit me straight in the heart. I really connected to this book, so many things hit home for me that I almost felt at times I was reading a book about myself. But the writing, oh the writing! It was so different than anything I’ve read before. You start at the end and work your way back to the beginning of Gavin & Denise’s relationship. It was a bit hard at first, but got easier as the book ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my first read by Cynthia Rodriguez and I was blown away by her writing. It will certainly not be my last read by her. I highlighted so much of the book... her words speak to me. The book is written backwards and whilst reading the story of Denise, it felt like a déjà vu to me and I could identify to what she was going through... you start off wanting to shout and scream at Denise and at Gavin too but as we get through each day, you totally understand why things happened they did. I love ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I honestly wasn't sure at first if I'd enjoy reading this story the way it was written but I soon found out that reading it backwards had way more punch for me with this particularly story. Knowing where they were and working back to how they started had emotions rolling in me that I might not have gotten reading it the other way around. The story of Gavin and Denise may not be a new story as in life, so many people go through so many things, but the way this was written and the words used by th ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
When I first saw this book cover, I just knew I had to read it. Yes I judge a book by its cover, and I was so excited to read it.
This was my first time reading something by this author. When I first started it I was a little confused on the timeline and what characters where who, but by the end of the book, everything works it’s way around and everything is understood.
My favorite character was Sabrina. My least favorite was Gavin. This particular story didn’t grab me and pull me in emotionally
Nicole Banks
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Women should never build shrines with the pieces of their broken hearts. No man can ever compete with the god you create from memories.

This was an intriguing tale of a love story starting from the end to the beginning.

The writing was raw and emotional and pulls you in from the beginning.

I will say Sabrina was possibly my fave =}

This was my first book by Cynthia not sure why I waited so long to dive into her marvelous mind.

Def add this book to your summer reading list
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Have you ever read book that you feel like in some ways the heroine is you. So it's like your having and out of body experience? In some ways I'm Denise. When I got the chance to read EVOL I already knew I was going to have to take my time with it. Why? Because you know there are times when you want to avoid reality or how you just want to be stubborn/ avoid hearing the truth. That was EVOL for me. It was like open up old wounds, that took time to overcome. But let me tell you this, Cynthia did ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a while to finish. I hate saying it, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. I do appreciate the writing and how beautiful the words were put together, the time line was way too confusing because the days at the beginning aren’t specified past or present. I did like how the story went backwards but like I said before it became a chore bc I didn’t make sense some of the time. I flip flopped between loving it and being frustrated and stopping.
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I like this book,some parts were raw but honest.What i took from the story is that you need to find yourself first,forgive yourself first.I was mad at Gavin and his lack of interest when some things happened.Heroine need to overcome so much,alone.I miss Gavin's point of view.But i like the book and poetry.Sister was someone special,greatest side character i have read in long time.Bravo ❤
Marcelle James
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book touched me in ways that made me reflect in my own life. What a masterpiece.

I totally recommend this book for those that are hurting or need reflection or just getting over a relationship. It makes you think!
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

This was my first read by Cynthia Rodriguez. However, it will not be me last. Her writing is so good. Reading a story in reverse is not something I had experienced before. It took me a minute to adjust and get with the program. Once I did that the story flowed for me.
Spunky N Sassy
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 3.0

~~~~~~~~~~Julie's ⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Denise needs serious medication. Gavin is well Gavin. The story reads backwards and it’s simply not my style of writing. I give it a 3 at most.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This story was told in such a beautiful way. I am not sure I would want to read all books this way...but it just worked for this book. I loved this authors writing. She blew me away!!!
S. Zapata
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Its written in a very untraditional manner, going from the end to the beginning. I related so much with this book having/going through the very same love and hardship. The second I finished this book I wanted to read it again.
May 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
This... was terrible.
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