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Book Review: Burn

Burn by Amanda Lawrence Auverigne

Published: February 21, 2012

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc

Source: Library Thing Member Giveaway

Synopsis (Smashwords) :What happens when the person you love doesn’t love you back? “Burn” is a tragic tale of unrequited love, dark passion and obsession.

Personal Thoughts: Wow! This was quite a dark story. The first half of the story made it seem like it was going to go one way but then it switched and became something dark and obsessive.

It’s a star-crossed lovers type of novella. Penny falls for a guy, Matthew, in her junior year of university and believes that it is love at first sight. Unfortunately, he doesn’t feel the same way and she ends up moping until her senior year, before moving on with her life.

Just when she is over and done with him, things start to twist in a dark way and strange things start to happen. Love and obsession go hand in hand, and sometimes it doesn’t end up as you think it will.

The author did a great job in making this a fast pace novella. Right from the start I was hooked and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next to both Penny and Matthew. There was some character development and we were able to get to know them a bit. The ending had quite a big twist that came out of nowhere and left me thinking ‘where did that come from?’ It was quite a shocker! The plot twists were entertaining in this novella and kept me on the edge of my seat.  Overall it was a great, short, yet entertaining read.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Book Review: Bloom

Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: May 8, 2007

“There’s a difference between falling and letting go.”

Lauren has a good life: she has decent marks, great friends and a great boyfriend. She has been with Dave, her boyfriend for a while now and everything is perfect. Everyone loves him, he’s popular, good looking, on the football team. She should feel lucky to have such a guy who wants to be with her.Then why is she so unhappy? What’s wrong with her?

It takes the arrival of Evan Kirland to really discover what has been worng in her life. He shows her that she’s been holding back and staying with Dave out of loyalty. She feels safe with Dave, she knows what to expect when she is around him. Being with Dave is the ‘right’ thing to do. Why would anyone leave such a perfect relationship?

As things start to get more complicated for Lauren, she realizes that she needs to make a choice and soon. Or a choice will be made for her.

Personal Thoughts:

I loved the simple green cover and the emphasis of the daisy. It’s a great connection from the flower to the word itself, bloom.

What really captured my attention first was the background of Lauren’s life and how she was brought up. The constant struggle within herself brought out my sympathy and made me want to comfort her. I loved how the author delved deeper into the secondary characters and gave us, the reader, a chance to see their life.

Lauren and Dave were great characters although the way that their relationship was described, it kept making me think of the 1950s.  Back then you could be with someone even though both parties weren’t exactly happy to be with the other, or were just content and lived on their lives. The struggles that Lauren kept having within herself whenever she was with Dave showed us a real look within.

The complexities surrounding Lauren and Evan were great. I loved the way they initially met and then years down the road it happened again. The hint of danger and of something happening when it shouldn’t keeps the intrigue throughout the book.  The author’s writing style was wonderful in the scenes when they were together. You could just tell that they had eyes only for each other. Overall, this book has a good story plot and the pace is just right. You keep wanting to know what will happen and keep turning the pages. I enjoyed this first delve into Elizabeth Scott’s book and will be taking a closer look at her other books.


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Book Review: The Sky is Everywhere

The Sky is Everywhere by Jany Nelson

Published: March 2010

Publisher: Speak 

“One boy helps her remember. The other lets her forget.”

Lennie just lost her sister and her world is crashing around her. She doesn’t know how to behave, she doesn’t know what to do with her grief. There are also two guys that are making it complicated for her. There is Toby, Bailey’s boyfriend who is a both quiet and seduction. Then there is Joe, he’s the new guy in town, who always seems to be bursting with life, a smile on his face and a talented musician.

Each boy has its pros and cons, but what Lennie needs to realize is that Bailey is never coming back. Being with Toby makes her remember her sister and feel closer to her,  but what kind of  person does that make her? What kind of sister goes after her dead sisters boyfriend? Through trials and tribulations, Lennie must choose between the two boys before either of them find out about each other.

Personal Thoughts:

The Sky is Everywhere is a beautiful book. Lennie is a character that I won’t be able to forget for quite some time. The story grabbed a hold of me and held me captive the entire time I was reading it, and it is still with me. The writing itself is beautiful and unique and it showcases a vulnerability that just won’t let go.

I loved the characters. Lennie aka John Lennon, Joe, Big and Gram stood out the most. Lennie and Joe were my favorites though. One was so happy all the time while the other lost in a depression/grief so deep she didn’t know how to get out or what to do about it.