Re-reading A Series

 

One of the ways I always trick myself into buying books (rather than just taking them out of the library) is by saying to myself “I’ll end re-read the first and second book in this series before the finale book comes out! So i might as well buy it!” While I always have the intention of rereading books when I buy them (some more than others) I can’t remember the last time I actually re-read a book, let alone a series. As much as I’d love to, it just takes up too much time! If anything I can maybe fit in a contemporary read every once in a while for a re-read but an entire series? A trilogy? A Saga? NOPE. I just can’t. I’ve got too many other books I need to read! 

What brought about this train of thought? Well i’ve got two series I want to forsure re-read in the upcoming months and i’m already sweating just thinking about coming up with the time to read them. The first is the Throne of Glass books. I have yet to read The Assassin’s Blade so I was planning on reading that one than binge read the first and second books (like i did in January for the first time, mind you) and than read Heir of Fire! (Note: I have an e-arc of Heir of Fire but i’lve put off reading it until I can binge read the entire series first because…CHAOL) 

The second series I have to re-read is the Mara Dyer books. I’ve been waiting for Retribution for literally years (yes, plural, the release date’s been pushed back so many times) that I feel like I owe it to myself and the wonderful characters, especially *cough* Noah Shaw *cough* to re-read the series and become a hundred percent re-invested in the story and get the most out of the finale as i possibly can. 

How about you guys? Do you re-read books or series often? Would you like too? Are tehre certain book series you just need to re-read? Do you read certain books over again before the finale in a series comes out?

Renegade(Mila 2.0):Review

Release Date: May13th 2013
Genres: YA , Sci-Fi
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Series: Book one,
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows.But Hunter has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can’t bear to reveal her secret, even though he’s unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila’s complicated past.Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever. With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as Hunter’s real motives.

Mila 2.0 was one of my favourite reads for last year so i was really excited to pick this one up and devour it. I loved Mila in the first book, I loved all her cyborg features and how she struggled with having some humanity despite being a cyborg. There were so many twists and turns in the first book that even though it was quite long i remember devouring it fairly quickly. That being said Renegade unfortunetly felt too much like a middle book. It suffered from middle book syndrome and while it was still entertaining I found myself missing the action from the first book. 

In the beginning of  Mila 2.0 there’s a bit of a romance between Mila and Hunter that was reallly sweet and even swoon worthy but than halfway into the book the romance pretty much disappeared to make room for more of the action and plot development. I hadn’t minded that since I was a fan of how the romance didn’t primarily dominate the story but in Renegade (while it made perfect sense) the romance felt like the centre of the book. At  least 3/4ths of it. It’s not that I hated the romance—because i didn’t—I just wanted more action and serouis butt kicking!

But one thing I hated was how Mila was being so unfair to Hunter—i mean she wouldn’t tell him she was a cyborg and I just wanted to SHAKE HER AND BE LIKE GET A GRIP ALREADY!

i have to admit that the ending is when things started to get better and the suspense and butt kicking really started up again. Plus we did get answers on Mila’s origins which i had been dying for. Even though Renegade did feel like a middle book and not much happened for 3/4ths of it i did manage ot enjoy it and it did set things up for the third book.

 

Wait For You(Wait For You #1):Review

Release Date: February 26th 2013
Genres: NA , Romance,
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: Book one of series
Rating: 4.5 our of 5 stars
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Summary:  Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.Some things are worth experiencing…Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.Some things should never be kept quiet…But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?And some things are worth fighting for…

The other day over on twitter i got into an interesting conversation with Giselle and Brittany about JLA and how everyone seems to love her books. I had to admit while I had almost all her books on my TBR list I had only actually read White Hot Kiss by her and after Brittany couldn’t stop gushing about JLA’s other books, including Wait For You i decided to make a little break in my review copies and pick this one right up.

I have to start off this review by admitting that Wait For You had the typical NA plot. Girl has secret, boy has secret, they’re both crazy hot and hook up and than past comes and affects their present (although I have to say not all JLA’s or in this case J.Lynn’s books follow this formula but this one did) BUT what made Wait For You such an enjoyable read, such a memorable read was really more the characters than anything else.

“She jerked her hand back and shot me what could only be described as a ‘bitch’ look. Frankly, it was a fucking work of art and I was sort of jealous of that level of mastery.”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Wait for You

Avery and Cam had me shipping them so hard I coudln’t put the book down. From the start Cam was interested in Avery and while it’s obvouis at one point Avery would have to crack, bite the bullet and go out with Cam they had this  slow burning romance that had me completely swooning. EVERYONE WANTED THEM TOGETHER IN THIS BOOK AND I LOVED THAT, TOO. Seriously—all the supporting characters were all over Avery when she wouldn’t go out with Cam and i LOVED it because they got to say all the things i wanted to yell at her. The witty banter in this one was also spot on and had me laughing out loud quite a few times. Plus—the secondary characters were all well developed and hilarouis in their own ways too so I was an all around happy camper when it came to this book.

 

Blog Tour: Breathe, Annie, Breathe

Release Date: July 15th 2014
Genres: YA , Romance,
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Series: Hundred Oaks, Catching Jordan
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is definitely my favourite  book in Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series. The cover immedatiely grabbed my attention and screamed SUMMER to me and although it’s completely different than the other covers in the Hundred oaks series it’s by far my favourite. I loved how there were ton’s of cameo’s from our favourite characters in the other Hundred Oaks books.Vanessa, Jordan, Henry, Savannah, Kate and a whole lot of Matt! I kept smiling whenever they popped up and thinking “Oh how I’ve missed you guys!” 

Like Annie, I’m not a runner so I was able to connect with her immedaitely and her disastrous running attempts. Been there, done that and stil living through it (Remember I have a gym membership and I both love and loathe it at the same time) whenever Annie had cramps, knee pains and puked I was right there with her. After losing her boyfriend, Annie decides to run a marathon her boyfriend had been training for as a way to honour him. While books dealing with the aftermath of a death can be tricky Kenneally handled the subject matter with a lot of authenticity.

Having met Jeremiah in a prevouis book I was pretty excited he was one of the main focus’s in Beathe, Annie, Breathe. He’s an adrenaline junkie who constantly gets hurt and worries all of those around him and while I could understand why he felt the need to do stupid things that gave him a rush I also understood why Annie was reluctant to move past the “just friends” barrier they were at. She’d been through to much, it made sense.

What I love about this series is how the time frame of this book doesn’t match up with the first book in the series and a few others. I mean we get to see Jordan as a coach and i may or may not have smiled like an idiot when she made a little cameo. I love when authors do those types of things, letting us catch up with prevouis characters that we loved. 

 Interview

Miranda kindly answered a few questions for this blog tour (provided by Raincoast books) and I choose to share five of my favourites.

1. Q: Your main character, Annie, is training to run for a marathon. You also provided a great deal of detail about how hard it is on your body to train for a marathon. Did you do any background research for this?

A: Yes! In the past I ran a marathon and a half-marathon, so O used experiences from training for those races to write BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE. I also consulted “Runner’s World” magazine and interviewed trainers at my gym. I also spoke to a few former pro-athletes. 

2. Q: Running a marathon for Kyle was Annie’s way of coping with her stress and grief. What advice would you give others in similar situations of grief or stress?

A: I would say give yourself time to heal. Recognize that everyone’s healing process is different. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t feel better in a certain amount of time; everyone heals in different ways. If you need to, talk to good friends, your guidance counselor, or a therapist. 

3. Q: You tend to write strong characters who are also athletic. Were you considered a jock in high school?

A: Not at all! If anything, I was a chorus geek. I played soccer, but I wasn’t very good at it. I also managed the boys soccer team but that was really just an excuse to hang around hot guys after school. 

4.Q: Your characters often crossover in your novels. Is this your way of giving your characters a sequel or a happy ending?

A: Yes, I chose to write companion novels rather than sequels, because to write a sequel, you have to create drama. If I’ve already given my character’s a happy ending at the end of a book and they have grown and developed, I don’t want to take that away from them by creating unnecessary drama. I also loved the idea of creating a community in which kids influence each other in different ways throughout the books. 

5.Q: Your books take place in a small town. Is your hometown similar to the one in your books?

A: Yes, my books take place in Franklin, Tennessee, which is near where I grew up (Manchester, TN) I use real restaurants and landmarks from Franklin, Manchester, and ghe surrounding town’s in my books. Only a couple of schools I mention are real. Most of them are named after shopping malls in TN. 

Breathe, Annie, Breathe is the fifth book in the Hundred Oaks series and I absolutely loved this installment. Annie and Jeremiah are one of my favourite couples in this series and I promise you guys, you’ll also fall for them in this one!

Our Next Read {6}

“Our Next Read” is a feature here on Lily’s Book Blog that’s been around for a while now that basically highlights one book (every so often) that i’m dying to get my hands on that’s to be released soon that we both need to add to our TBR piles! Either because of all the recent hype surrounding it or because it somehow just landed on my radar and now i’m eagerly anticipating it.

And my “Our Next Read” Choice is:

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

Why It’s Our Next Read: This one has been on my radar for months and after a few bloggers told me they absolutely adored this one I had to put it on “Our next Read” because you guys all need to know about it! I love how everyone can see these two together—except them and I can’t wait to see how everyone plots to get them together.  It seems  cute and fluffy and ahhh I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ONE! What i’m getting from the synopsis is that it may be told from a bunch of people’s different POV’s except maybe them? I LOVE THAT! AND it looks like it may be told from a squirrel’s POV at one point, too! oh god why do I feel like this book is going to leave me smiling from ear to ear? 

Expected publication: August 26th 2014

Dissonance(Dissonance#1):Review

Release Date: July 22nd 2014
Genres: YA , Science Fiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Series: Book one
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

Dissonance in one sentence: Confusing, and fast paced but crazy good.

While this one may be a bit difficult to get into at first (It was a bit difficult for me at the beginning) once I got the hang of the complexity of the parallel lives Dissonance was a great read that had me hooked

While Dissonance had me kind of confused at the start I was completely enthralled in the story. The first few chapters consisted of me reading and reading certain passages to firmly understand the world of Dissonance where Walkers exist and can travel through parallel worlds but once I got the hang of the terms and vocabulary this book had I was breezing through it. I found that when I just stopped trying to make sense of every term that was thrown at us and just accepted it with ease, I ended up actually properly understanding and making sense of the term, if that makes sense? I don’t know. Just know that if your start reading this one and stressing out about the different terms, you should just relax because it all starts making sense sooner or later.

Delancey Sullivan was just so majorly kickass I couldn’t get enough of her. She asked questions and didn’t just accept what others told her—she had to see it herself. I loved that about her and how she just wasn’t one to roll over and follow authority. Delancey is a Walker, a gifted person who can walk between parallel worlds. You know when you make a decision and look back and wonder ‘Gosh, I wonder what would have happened if i did THAT instead?’  Well Delancey, like the other Walkers get to actually travel to the millions and trillions of parallel worlds that are created when someone makes a decision. In each of these worlds the decision shapes that world and the people who inhabit it are echoes of their real selves.

Erica O’ Rourke’s take on parallel worlds was just so interesting and different I loved every second of it. Dissonance was just so utterly original that while it took a while to properly understand what was happening when I did I was completely invested. The entire book felt like a mix between Sci-fi and Dystopia (the Walkers have their own government pretty much that’s a pain in the ass).

All the characters in Dissonance were also just pretty amazing. Sure, I totally invisioned myself strangling a few *cough* her sister *cough* I also wanted to give a few others BIG FAT HUGS *cough* Simon*cough* 

I know some bloggers who have admitted they felt this book was way too long, I didn’t think so. It’s entertaining and different and had me hooked from the start so even though it was nearly 500 pages I wasn’t struggling with the size of the book. If anything I was just eager for more, the repetivness didn’t completely bore me, either. I thought each time Delancey visited a parallel world it just always had a purpose, so i was never bored.

The crazy cliffhanger for this left me wanting to get my hands on the sequel as soon as possible. It was crazy good but I should also mention that this entire book was filled with really well thought out twists and turns.Dissonance was just so utterly complex and awesome that I’m being REALLY careful with what I say in this review. i’m tip toeing over pretty much everything because I want you guys to experience the awesomness of this book for yourselves and not have me say anything significant.

Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers #1):Review

Release Date: July 1st 2014
Genres: NA, Romance
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Book one
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary:  Fiercely independent Camille “Cami” Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

I consider Beautiful Disaster to be one of my favourite New Adult novels, ever. I remember being completely invested and Travis’s and Abby’s relationship and I just loved everything about them. So when I heard about Beautiful Oblivion and that it would be about Travis’ older brother Trenton I was beyond excited.

Beautiful Oblivion serves as Trenton and Cami’s story and is told in strictly Cami’s perspective. I loved how Jamie McGuire set Beautiful Oblivion in the same timeframe as Beautiful Disaster. It just worked so well. While I was reading about Cami and Trenton, Travis and Abby popped up every once in a while and served to remind me why I loved those two so much.

“Anything to do with the Maddoxes is never boring.”
― Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Oblivion

Trenton had a role in Beautiful Disaster so reading his story in Beautiful Oblivion was the best possible way for Jamie McGuire to ease us into this series, the Maddox Brothers. I had already liked Trenton from the tidbits her was in in Beautiful Disaster and i ended up loving him even more in this book. Cami was also a complete force to be reckoned with. I loved her sharp humour and wit and thought she was a perfect match for Trenton.

There’s a mystery element in Beautiful Oblivion that forced me to give this whole book another star. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Beautiful Oblivion but while I read it I was never as emotionally connected to the romance as I had been in Beautiful Disaster. But, dispite this the way things ended off and how the ‘mystery’ element concluded had me giving this book another star. It was pretty awesome and i’m suprised i didn’t see it coming! 

“I was in trouble. Big, disastrous, Maddox trouble.”
― Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Oblivion

Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths #4):Review

Release Date: June 24th 2014
Genres: NA, Contemporary
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Four Seconds to Loose
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Summary Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

I love K.A Tucker. There i’ve said it. I love her stories, her characters and just everything. Her stories never fail to be interesting and full of emotional layers, her characters never cease to add a wild complexity to the mix and the humour K.A Tucker carefully adds to her stories always has me laughing out loud. I’m going to miss these characters and this series but the Ten Tiny Breaths series couldn’t have ended on a better note with Five Ways to Fall wrapping everything up, nicely.

Reese bears a lot of hurt. Her father left her, her mother wants nothing to do with her, and her husband cheated on her. When Reese has to call her ex stepfather to bail her out of trouble one night, she’s faced with having to grow up and get a real job and start acting like an adult. A few months later she ends up meeting Ben Morris at work. We all know Ben from previous books and he has always been the charming playboy who adds a lot of humour to the series. In Five Ways to Fall though we see a different Ben, he’s not working as a bouncer at Penny’s anymore but in a big law firm and just passed the bar.

“Have you always loved yourself this much?”
“I had an awkward year in ‘ninety-nine, but I got over it quick.”
― K.A. Tucker, Five Ways to Fall

What I continue to love about this series is just how honest and flawed the characters always are and Five Ways to Fall is no exception. Reese and Ben have major issues but they’re not the only ones. While Five ways to Fall played catch up with some of our favourite characters from previous books we’re also introduced to a new set of secondary characters in Five Ways to Fall that only make the story more interesting. Like Mason, Reese’s stepbrother who Ben befriends. He ended up being one of my favourite characters in the book, awkward self and all and he ended up showing major character development in this book.

As you guys all know I have a love/hate relationship with NA. Every NA read is either a hit or miss for me but K.A Tucker has become an author who I regularly fall back on for great NA books that have depth and an actual plot and always make me laugh. It’s because of this I look forward to anything K.A Tucker has planned to write in the near future, especially her newest, Burying Water out in October. I just need it  *makes grabby hands*. I loved this series so much and all the amazing characters in it and I seriously don’t know what i’m going to do now. *hauls self underground and cries self to hibernation until October*

 

The Truth About Alice:Review

Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Roaring Book Press (ARC from publisher)
Series: Standalone
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.

Every once in a while you read a very honest, poignant read that you can’t help but want to shove in everyone’s faces and say “YOU! YEAH YOU—READ THIS BOOK NOW!” The Truth About Alice is one of those books for me.

What made this book so utterly original was the fact that it was about a girl named, Alice but it wasn’t told from Alice’s perspective until the very end. No, we read the story from four other characters POV’s. While this could have been disastrous and confusing and downright pointless Jennifer Matthieu deserves a golden sticker for making her formula work. 

The Truth About Alice deals with “slut shaming” a very real thing going on in today’s society.While I know some bloggers have gotten upset over a few things in the book  I coudln’t help but appreciate (I don’t know if that’s the right word but I don’t know how else to say it) how realistic the book was in terms of there not being repercussions for the characters awful behaviours and the fact that the school didn’t get involved. In today’s day not many people are getting punished for bullying and school’s don’t always like to get in the mess of things and that’s the ugly truth.

Each POV in the book introduces a new broken voice. While the book is about Alice and what she may or may not have done at a party The Truth About Alice also focuses on each young voice and their reason’s for doing what they do. It’s heartbreaking and sad and completely infuriating. I was angry and I was disturbed and I wanted to hug some of these characters. None of the characters nasty actions were every fully justified in my eyes (and I don’t think they were ever meant to) but I enjoyed being able to understand them.

While I kept reading The Truth About Alice I couldn’t help but roll this sentence around in my head “Could you be the villain in someone else’s story and the fallen character in yours?” 

 

Landline:Review

Release Date: July 8th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: St.Martin’s Press
Series: Standalone
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.Maybe that was always besides the point.Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .Is that what she’s supposed to do?Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

I’m not married or nearly forty or even have kids (I’m single, still in high school and childless). I don’t live in LA and I’ve never been to Omaha and I don’t have a magic phone. (I live in Canada, occasionally visit Europe  and have a crappy Iphone that sometimes likes to disappear on me)  And so while I have far more in common with the characters in Rainbow Rowell’s previous YA books I felt myself fall harder and faster for her characters in Landline.

Rainbow Rowell has the magical ability to always make me feel something in all of her books. She’s captures the essence of love in such a pure and honest way that you can’t help but connect with the characters in her stories and Landline was no exception. 

While i’m not married—nor planning on getting married anytime soon I was able to still enjoy the story. The idea that life can come in the way of a marriage and work and children put a strain on any marriage isn’t something i hadn’t known before. I’ve seen it in my parents, my friends parents and even thought about it myself. So on some level, while I didn’t connect with certain aspects of the book like other readers who are married or are about to get married most likely will, I was still able to understand and connect with it on some kind of fundamental level.

Landline follows the story of Georgie and Neal and how their relationship and marriage changes throughout the years. It’s realistic and poignant and damn near broke my heart because it happens and it’s true and sometimes things change, people change. But we follow these two from their humble beginnings to when they reach their more tired present selves, seventeen years later. They still very much love one another but somewhere along the way they just stopped being good at showing it.

Of course this wouldn’t be a Rainbow Rowell novel if it didn’t feature some quick and witty dialogue. Every page put a smile on my face, every other line was something that made my heart swoon. There were gags and bittersweet moments and my face muscles just got a brutal workout while I read Landline. 

There were certain passages in here that were also just unbelievably beautiful. I wanted to highlight so many of them so my future self can read them and just remember. Some passages were so brutally honest I kept thinking “Oh my God. This is true. This is so true and heartbreaking and Oh My god Rainbow Rowell”. 

Even though Landline is very much an adult book (since it deals with the essence of marriage not because of any sex) I was still able to go through a profound reading experience with it. I laughed and cried and had to send passages from this book to my friends and while I think my reading experience will defintily change when I read this book later on in life (because I will….) and I will get something different out of it I was still able to enjoy this one.

“You don’t know when you’re twenty-three.You don’t know what it really means to crawl into someone else’s life and stay there. You can’t see all the ways you’re going to get tangled, how you’re going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten – in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems.
She didn’t know at twenty-three.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Landline