Friday, April 26, 2013

In The Stillness review

In The Stillness by Andrea Randall
 Review by Tamara

Natalie is a wife.
Natalie is a mother.
Natalie is a cutter.

Clawing at walls built by resentment, regret, and guilt, Natalie cuts as an escape from a life she never planned. 
Staying present is only possible when you let go of the past. But, what if the past won't let go?
"But the thing about guilt is, no one can take it away for you; you have to unpack it yourself."

WOW. This book has touched my soul and I cannot stop thinking about it. 

I had read so many good reviews that I had to give it a go even though it didn't really sound like my cup of tea. I have never understood why people cut even though I am the type of person who can usually find a way to understand other people's choices in life. With this in mind I really wasn't interested in the subject matter.

I struggled through the first half of this book. Natalie was not a likeable character for most of this part of the book. What I did get though was her intense feelings of resentment and regret. I think most of us struggle with these types of issues at some points in our lives.

As the book progressed and Natalie started dealing with her issues I really started to enjoy it. And then I realised that the first half of the book was such an essential part of the whole story and the honesty from that part of the book really made the book what it became. I spent time thinking about the themes in the book and I realised that the author had written in such a way that it opened me up and made me look at some of the issues I have dealt with in my life, particularly some that happened years ago that I still haven't fully dealt with. And I believe that many readers will go through this process while reading this book. 

"I've learned that holding onto resentment and anger only poisons me. Forgiveness is the only way I have a shot of being healthy again."

Natalie became an inspiring character to me by the end of this book. I loved how the author took her on the journey to find a way to love herself again. I loved Ryker as well and their story but, for me, this book was all about one woman's quest to accept the choices she has had to make in her life and find a way to love herself in spite of them. 

"I don't mean that Ryker is the only person that can love you that way. I mean you're worthy of the kind of love found in the pages of those letters, Nat. You hear me? But, it needs to come from you, first. You have to love you, again."
When we read a book we all come at it from different angles and take something truly our own from it. You will perhaps get something completely different from this book than I got from it. That's what I love about books. I thank Andrea Randall for writing this book because it has touched me deeply and I know that what I take from it will help me greatly in my life.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Falling Into You review

I won this book and it would be one of the first I actually glanced at the blurb for. I don't normally because it gives so much away. I must say though, I'm freaking glad I did because I had a heads up for what was to come.
Did this stop the tears?
Ahhh, Nope. Yeah I cried that whiny, hold back, but want to let it all out cry.  Another Kleenex award.
Even though I knew someone was going to die, Jasinda Wilder executed this book really well in regards to this massive, fundamental scene.
I fell for a boy who was to be no more and then was ALLOWED to fall for another. This doesn't normally happen and yet this author perfected it.

Okay, so you ask if I am revving this book up so much then why not 5 stars. Remember this is a personal review and opinion and I would be proud of 4.7 so it's not an insult.
I read Falling Into You and did love it, I just felt there was moments I felt like the author wanted every cool, beautiful characteristic she ever thought in it. Colton was everything, a fighter, a singer, guitarist, exceptional mechanic, hot lover and yeah we love he has massive flaws too.
This book had a bit of everything, but in that was it's slight fault.

Saying that, Colt is my love at the moment. Back off ladies. LOL.

So, you know I don't recommend books that aren't a must read. Which means, this is a must read. Grab the tissues too.
You can grab this at amazon
Happy reading.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Reader review of Real By Katy Evans

This review was submitted by one of our awesome readers, Tamara McRae  REAL.
This book has been generating a lot of interest over the past week so I was really interested to see what all the fuss was about. I was also intrigued when I read reviews that said the main character, Remy, found it hard to express himself so he used music to communicate with Brooke.
This book had me from the very beginning. It’s one of those books that you can’t wait to get home to – in fact I was annoyed that I had to put it down to go out! The writer has a way with words and is able to really make you feel the raw emotions of the characters and the sexual tension just jumps off the page. I loved that the relationship between Remy and Brooke developed slowly. It was much more believable than some books you read. Writing it this way also allows for that sexual tension to really simmer.
I loved how the author slowly peeled back the layers of Remy and Brooke to show us their souls. There was depth to the characters which added so much more to the story. The author touched on an issue and gave me an insight into what it would be like to live through this. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book – that it was so much more than just a romance.
Real is a story about how to love fiercely. It is a story about human flaws and the healing that unconditional love can allow. Ultimately, it is a love story and I believe that you will fall in love with Remy and Brooke as much as I have.

Happy Reading folks