I have always been a fan of Kristin’s novels. After I read Firefly Lane a few years ago, I fell in love and would grab her books if I ever see one inI have always been a fan of Kristin’s novels. After I read Firefly Lane a few years ago, I fell in love and would grab her books if I ever see one in front of me. I am so glad to say that Night Road did not disappoint. It was so emotional, so realistic, and so perfect that I even cried. I’m pretty sure I was somewhat sobbing towards the end. I typically do not cry or show emotions while reading a book unless it’s an annoyance emotion but this one, and all of her novels to be precise, have always struck a chord with me. The characters called out to me, the plot was so beautifully woven and the writing style was balanced between all the sad and the funny scenes. Honestly, she made the book come to life. It’s not at all difficult to see these characters in real life and she has really captured the human emotions into words.
From reading the synopsis, I was thinking that Lexi was going to be a drug addict like her mother and how she would draw Jude’s children, Mia and Zach, away from what’s really important – their future – and would lead them down a road of despair. However, from the moment Lexi was introduced, you’ll see that it was not the case at all. She’s warm, friendly, a bit cautious, a bit cynical and jaded but you can see how much she craved love and I’m so glad that she found her aunt and the Farradays for the few years in high school. She’s genuine, she doesn’t care about how others think and this is super obvious when her aunt gives her the ugliest pink sweater for her first day of school and instead of caring about what others thought, she loved the sweater, wore it to school and it was wonderful. I honestly connected with her and her emotions spilled out of the book.
Mia and her twin, Zach, were also wonderfully written characters. I loved Mia’s shyness in the beginning of the book and how she blossomed into a truly beautiful young woman. Her personality was so lovely but at the same time, I can see her a bit spoiled at times. She would often assume that Lexi would be fine without completely understanding that Lexi came from a different world and would expect certain things without realizing Lexi’s feelings. To Lexi’s credit, she never let it really bother her but deep down, it was obvious that it did. Zach was so distant to Lexi in the beginning but once it was obvious what his feelings to her was like, he changed and it was obvious how much he loved her. I loved how close they were with each other and it was like three of them were going to be BFF/lovers forever. It would’ve been the cutest thing ever.
Unfortunately that wasn’t the case since tragedy struck and their mother, Jude, went absolutely crazy. I honestly had no respect for her. Even before the tragedy, while she was the “perfect” mom, I felt that she was incredibly overprotective. I think I would’ve suffocated under her love and rules and discipline. I honestly do not know how Mia and Zach got through it but anyways, I guess they got used to it. Personally, I just can’t. Then when tragedy struck, she went from overbearing mother to someone who is simply vengeful. She didn’t even realized that she, too, loved Lexi and then subjected her to 5 years of correctional facility. Did she not realize how that can change someone’s future? Yet she went on that warpath and there were no regrets until the very end.
Miles and Aunt Eva were the two characters that seemed a bit more secondary in this book. Miles seemed to play a larger role after the tragedy but before that, he was just simply there without playing any active role. Aunt Eva, other than housing and loving Lexi, also did not do too much in terms of the meat of the plot but that’s okay.
Overall, spectacular novel. I highly, highly recommend it. There are so many feelings to this novel. Times when you’ll simply laugh out loud and times when you’ll simply sob. ...more
Damn, so many good trilogies recently and this one was no exception. I fell in love with the characters, the plot and everything, pretty much. I loved how realistic the characters were and how relatable they were. The plot was also incredibly rich in detail and full of intrigue and suspense as well. The pacing was perfect for all of the books and I never felt that it dragged or rushed.
I definitely enjoyed reading about Elisa – she was such a relatable character with her weight issues, sibling rivalry, and her personal conflict with her future and what is expected of her. It was easy to see and empathize with her struggles to be herself yet also be the person everyone else expected her to be with that god stone in her. Time and time again, she was thrust into difficult situations with no idea on what to do since she was consistently shielded growing up yet somehow was resourceful and intelligent to ultimately overcome each obstacle. There were so many incidences when I honestly thought she would not get out of it then somehow she would and I never thought it was unlikely or unrealistic because the way the author portrayed it made it seem entirely possible. And she grew so much throughout the books – from a sheltered princess with a big destiny to a queen who more than exceeded all expectations from everyone around her. I found her resourceful, intelligent, merciful yet ruthless when needed, and incredibly strong. There were so many times when she had to choose the difficult path because of the circumstances or because she was trying to protect someone she cared about.
The other characters were amazing as well and I loved reading about all of them. I was a bit bummed when things happened and someone that I honestly thought would last to the end didn’t yet at the very end, I was extremely glad that things worked out the way they did. Hector, Alejandro, Ximena, Cosme, Humberto, Alodia, Storm, Mara, Belen, etc. – there were so many fantastic secondary characters. I loved the interaction between Storm and Elisa because it was so legit on how their relationship went from reluctant allies to trusted friends. And the romantic relationship between Elisa and her man came so naturally that it only made sense that they would end up together. I thought that everyone’s role fell in line really realistically and didn’t feel forced or awkward.
The plot was also really intense too. There were a lot of ups and downs to balance each other out. There were a few times when Elisa or someone else would somehow do the impossible and I would be so relieved that they made it out from some craziness but then the next scene would bring it all back down when something tragic happens. It was definitely a crazy ride for my nerves. But because of this up and down, it didn’t feel too unrealistic because real life is full of ups and downs – you win some then you lose some so I thought that these books really portrayed that accurately and realistically.
What I’m most interested in right now is Storm and his future. I’m really hoping that the author would do a spinoff with him in mind but considering the fact that the trilogy ended 4 years ago, somehow I doubt it… Overall though, amazing books – I loved every second of it. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy with tons of action and romance....more
I honestly did not know what to expect when I first opened this book but is now easily one of the best novels I have read in a while that is not simply fantasy nor paranormal in nature. The story essentially follows Ari Mitchell’s life during high school and it is set in the mid-1980s. Already this was not a genre that I am that comfortable with as I rarely read novels set in the past. However, surprisingly, as I kept turning the pages, I found myself wanting to delve more and more into Ari’s life.
Ari is an easy character to relate with, even love. She’s realistic, genuine and, essentially, an average girl just trying to live her life. Her family aren’t the richest and certainly aren’t the most glamorous – in fact, they’re relatively poor. So when Ari gets drawn in to the glamorous life due to a new friend, Leigh, at the prestigious high school in Manhattan, I was surprised she remained relatively level-headed and true to herself. I loved that.
Blake, Ari’s love interest in this novel, was a great guy until the “misfortune” falls upon his family and he starts to draw away. That was when his true colors shown through. Throughout the novel, you get this great, seemingly perfect guy and once hardship happens, you find out that he was weak and cannot stand up for himself even for the girl that he supposedly loved. And not only that, but after the few years had passed by, he ran into Ari and even had the audacity to try to pick things up where they had left off. Ridiculous. But at the same time, extremely realistic.
Leigh and Summer were both Ari’s best friends but they hated each other. I understood Leigh but I could not understand Summer especially why Ari was even friends with that fiend. She was shallow, crude and was easily jealous because Ari had found a new friend at school – Leigh – and no longer “needed” her. Leigh, on the other hand, was a true friend and tried to stick by her through thick and thin until she realized that for Ari to get over Blake’s ridiculous d**k move on her, she had to give Ari space to heal emotionally. Leigh thought about Ari and her well-being whereas all Summer thought about was herself and how to get more guys. Both were great characters and well-developed though.
The writing itself is extremely lyrical which made the reading go by even faster. Lorraine made you actually want to know all the character even with their everyday mundane tasks. The fact that this book spans over a few years without seeming too long is enough evidence for me. I will definitely try to seek out more of her books because her writing is simply amazing.
Overall, like I said, fabulous book. I had deeply underestimated it. This book isn’t just your typical first love fluff novel – it is a whole lot more. It deals with life, growing up, the awkwardness of sex, learning how to find oneself, finding out who is real and who is not, and most of all, love and how it can come and go....more