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LoonyAlana

Crazy Bibliophile and Book Pimp (Not So Anonymous)

I am a mother of two boys and avid reader; I practically live and breathe books. If I could sustain my life on just reading, I would live forever. I'm weird, and proud of it. I have traveled to many places: Mexico, St. Marteen, Prague, England, Cozumel, and Canada to name a few. Many moons ago I co-hosted "Welcome to Insanity" radio show on a micro radio station in TX- but our show was played via streaming internet in coffee houses in Amsterdam. I have a BA in theater. I used to be "the finder of lost things" but I think my last child robbed me of my gift. Now I just have a large collection of useless information... it goes with my growing mountain of "to be read" books

Currently reading

The Hooker and the Hermit
Penny Reid, Luci Cosway
The Suicide Princess
Anthony Bryan
Rise of the Magi (Lila Gray, #3)
Jocelyn Adams
Caged (Holloway Pack, #3)
J.A. Belfield
Chasing Nikki - Lacey Weatherford A solid 4½♥'s read for me- and free right now on Amazon! Although I did win a spiffy signed copy- signed by the writer and the model on the cover!

I saw someone else mention in their review that this is not a romance. At first, I balked at that idea, "Of coarse it's a romance, look at the title!" But then I thought about it, thought about all the tissues that washed away the flood of tears today, and about the 'heart' of the book. It's NOT a love story. There is a pure, YA, high-school-turning-into-adults passionate love and romance, but that is not the heart of this book. It's absolutely a tale of hope, of finding the good in your everyday life, accepting the bad (even within yourself), and not letting life dictate its terms to you. You are the master of your own fate, just as Chase is the master of his. There are always events that will be beyond our control, and how we cope and hopefully conquer in spite of them really shows what we are made of.

The entire book is written from Chase's POV, so we get a front row seat to his initial downward spiral into drugs and alcohol.

...I ended up reading towards the end in public, and I was a blubbering mess with strangers coming up and asking if I was OK. It's not easy explaining emotional trauma at the hands of a book.

I'll have to finish my review later... had to get just a wee bit up now.