Wow … just WOW. I feel upside down, down side up, sideways and spun around from the debut novel of Lia’s. I knew it was going to have resentment at anything that interrupted this book from the first chapter. It’s taken me two days to get through it, so there are some resentments that I need to go and apologise for LOL.
The writing is perfect. Some books feel forced or random as the story unfolds or where little nuggets of information are unfolded. Not this book. Just when you are feeling secure – ‘POW!’ sucker punch, bit more of the story and ‘BAM!’ another to the heart! (I don’t do spoilers). Some of the blows left me reeling. Just when I think the story is going to go down one line – the story spins and the characters have me going blindly along with them. LOVE THIS about the book – the unpredictability and for the character of Tahlia who needs predictability – this is a beautiful contrast that I hope readers will now see.
The thing I love the most – Talia is perfectly imperfect. I love flawed heroines. They are relatable and they are real. I don’t have OCD but, like everyone, I have my quirks and the way Tahlia is written, you can’t help but have compassion for this character. She has a lot of weight on those shoulders of hers. It’s not very often that I want to reach into a book and give the character a hug, but I want to hug Tahlia. I want to be the mother to her that her own mother is not. Tahlia is an amazing character and I can’t wait to see how she develops – that’s going to be a hard task that I’m sure Ms Riley is up for the task.
Bran’s story is equally as gut wrenching. He’s just as flawed as Tahlia just in a completely different way. If this were a true life story – you would be believer in kindred spirits. The dialogue – ohhh – heartbreakingly beautiful. The kicker “You’re perfect.” His heart beats a hard rhythm against my cheek. “Sadly, no.” “Perfect for me, then,” he whispers in my ear. “You’re only perfect for me.” **sigh**
So now, I’m moping into my laptop, looking around at the jobs that need to be done and normally I’m thinking ‘what book can I read next?’ but now … all I can think about is ‘when’s the next book coming out? What are Tahlia and Bran going to do next? The ending gives you closure but it also leaves you hanging for more.
Lia – you have a task ahead of you – you have won my heart with these characters and their story – I will be gifting this book to several of my reader friends – I beg of you – don’t let us down … but I have a sneaking suspicion you are going to blow us away.
I bought my own copy of this awesome book.
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