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Alone by E.J. Noyes
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it was amazing

Uff, this one was intense!

I just need to start at the beginning of my experience reading this novel. Literally as I read the first sentence, I smiled. Yep, happy sigh. First person POV, you have become my favorite. First person POV written by EJ Noyes, I love you! Ms Noyes, at the risk of sounding like a lunatic to you (again), you singlehandedly are responsible for my first person POV obsession. Your first person POV is simply genius. I’ve read other books written in first person, but none that resonate with me like when written by this author.

I mentioned my smile right? Well, that’s the last time I did until later, later in the book. This is Celeste Thorne’s first person POV recount of her participation on a psychological study. The goal is for her to endure 4 years in close to complete isolation from human contact. The story begins after the third year, when suddenly Olivia Soldano, a lost hiker, appears on the edge of the compound. Suddenly Celeste must readjust to this person who is simply everything she ever wanted. The problem is that after such isolation, Celeste’s feelings are in disarray and she struggles to determine what is real and what is part of an elaborate lie.

Both characters are very likable. However, Celeste’s turbulent past suffering physical and emotional abuse from a mother who was addicted to meth makes her incredible endearing. We find out about her past not on your typical flashbacks, but in the auditory hallucinations Celeste is suffering from after such prolonged isolation. This was a brilliant way to introduce characters in an otherwise desolate place. And FYI Bella Books, it will make a fantastic audiobook with someone that can nail the voices.

As the mains connect, the first real touch is an embrace. Such a common and ordinary thing that Ms Noyes turns into such sweet and heartfelt experience. If you read this author before, we had The Incident, now The Lie. It may sound exciting, but unfortunately both events are gut wrenching and will leave you in tears. Ms Noyes is just so talented that the words suck you in and you can feel the agony and despair right alongside the characters. Does Ms Noyes even know how good she is?! On that note, I hereby declare Noyes’ five novels a must read for every lesfic fan. Period.

There is an interesting concept throughout the book regarding time and how at times it is linear vs erratic, slow vs fast. Thought that was interesting as slow time is regarded as one living life at its fullest. Makes me concerned that my time flies by...

Quick shoutout to Judith Fellows, who designed such a beautiful cover. It has been taunting me for months!

And before I forget Ms Noyes, is the goat trapping scene based on personal experience? :)

Would definitely recommend, but beware of the angst.
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Reading Progress

January 11, 2019 – Shelved
January 11, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
May 16, 2019 – Started Reading
May 19, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Lex (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lex Kent "On that note, I hereby declare Noyes’ five novels a must read for every lesfic fan. Period." Could not agree more with that statement😀 Wonderful review!


Tere Thanks Lex. I will admit, this one was intense to read at times.


message 3: by Elske (new) - added it

Elske Lovely review. I am so looking forward to reading Noyes books. I already have them on my kindle, but I am saving them because I want to have enough time and space in my head to savour them!


Tere Thanks Elske but what? Haven’t read any? You don’t need a lot of time! You will be hooked!


message 5: by Joc (new) - rated it 5 stars

Joc Fantastic review Tere!


Tere Thanks Joc!


Gaby LezReviewBooks Great review Tere! Go and bid for Noyes's fan club president!


Tere Wait, where do I have to go for that?! 😁


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