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“Back to Life” by Danielle Allen is a Sexy Must Read!

Back to Life

Title: “Back to Life”

Author: Danielle Allen

Release Date: July 2013

Length: 340 Pages

How I Got the Book: I got an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

Link to buy book on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Back-to-Life-ebook/dp/B00E5S4DAQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1379937118&sr=1-1&keywords=back+to+life+danielle+allen

Summary From GoodReads:

Sahara Lee has spent the last ten years living with the guilt of a tragic accident and its aftermath.  That night irrevocably changed the outgoing, fun-loving college freshman into an introverted, workaholic with no social life.  Sahara isolates herself from everyone and everything that reminds her of home in an effort to forget what happened.  Using art as a substitute for love, Sahara throws herself into music and art as a way to feel something other than the guilt that haunts her. She accepts her lonely existence as penance for the role she played in the accident. That is, until she meets Tyree Barker, the good looking entrepreneur with baggage of his own.  

Blindsided by a legal loophole, Sahara is suddenly forced to confront the past she’s been running from.  Juggling the guilty feelings of her past and the unexpected feelings of her present, Sahara’s future becomes complicated as she heads down a path of forgiveness, love, and heartbreak…and not in that particular order.

Back to Life reminds you that living and existing are two completely different ways to go through life. Grief will break you but guilt, guilt will destroy you. And once that happens, what can bring you back to life?

What I Thought:

I cannot begin to tell you the range of emotions I went through while reading this book – back and forth – happy and sad – I should have had emotional whiplash! But even with all of that, I loved it. Danielle Allen’s writing is amazing – beautiful and her plot twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I got an email asking me to review this book and to be honest at first I was not sure whether or not I would be interetsed, but once I started I was hooked – and I’m so glad I decided to read it. From the summary above you can get the jist of what happens in the book, but I can tell you there is so much more to discover. It’s absolutely not one of those book covers that gives it all away before you read it.

I found Sahara to be… heart breaking. Watching herself keep busy with work and her music, to keep the demons at bay was heart breaking all in it’s own. Her guilt over what she thought she had done weighed even me down as I read the pages. That is one of the things I most enjoyed about the book, you could “feel” the emotions coming off of the pages, and I felt for Sahara. Punishing yourself for 10 years is…wow..just so sad. Then enter Tyree….

Tyree is amazing – strong, sweet, caring – and just what Sahara needs. It’s like he woke her up again, and for that I rallied for his character the entire book. Watching their relationship develop and watching him help her overcome her demons and open up was amazing – I love a story where the couple grows out of something that is so hard.  Seeing her alive again through his eyes kept me reading through the more difficult moments. Although, Tyree is amazing – he does not come without baggage himself, and as i like to say “no one is perfect.” I don’t want to put any plot spoilers here, but I will tell you it will be a surprise and will add twists and turns you did not expect to be taking with this story…enough said – READ IT!

Now – we also had some supporting characters – I just really want to mention Emily who could not have been a better best friend. She kept on while Sahara shut her out continually for 10 years – who stays around for that? She does, Emily should be the depiction of what a best friend is.

Post-It Recap:

In the end I give this book a 4.5/5 stars. I loved the writing, the characters, and the story. The romance was hot and sexy – and I cannot wait to see  more from these two characters. The only thing I have to say is that the cliff hanger is KILLING ME!  “Back to Reality” is out soon and I cannot wait to see what happens – hoping I”ll get to be part of the blog tour for that one too!  As much as I love being left wanting more, I want more NOW!! So my reccommendation, get this like today – read it asap – and be ready for the next book to come out and see the next chapter of their story.

Happy Reading!

Kelley

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Eye Opening Social Media Influence in YA World today – ARC Review of “TMI” by

TMI

Title: “TMI”

Author” Patty Blount

Where I got the book: I got this from a blog review site – Around the World ARC in exchange for an honest review

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publish Date: August 6th, 2013

The Summary- Thanks to GoodReads:

Best friends don’t lie.
Best friends don’t ditch you for a guy.
Best friends don’t post your deepest, darkest secrets online.

Bailey’s falling head-over-high-heels for Ryder West, a mysterious gamer she met online. A guy she’s never met in person. Her best friend, Meg, doesn’t trust smooth-talking Ryder. He’s just a picture-less profile.

When Bailey starts blowing Meg off to spend more virtual quality time with her new crush, Meg decides it’s time to prove Ryder’s a phony.

But one stupid little secret posted online turns into a friendship-destroying feud to answer the question:

What I thought of the story:

To be frankly honest, when I started this story I was not sure that I would finish the book, or even like it. It had an interesting concept so I chose it, but still wasn’t sure. What I can say for 100% truth is that I was pretty much “into” the book from the second chapter.  I really enjoyed the storyline, how it was told from multiple points of views, and the characters. I am much past high school years myself, and sometimes I wonder if that makes it harder for me to relate to YA books now, but I thought this insight into the social media world was eye opening. When I was in high school we may have had AOL Instant Message – but there was no FB or Twitter – so with emotions running high and just the cattiness that  young people can display, i cannot imagine how hard it would be. I thought this was a great way to represent that without taking it too far. The storyline kept me drawn in, frustrated at points, but drawn in, and I felt like it was fresh and something I had not heard before – so overall I did enjoy it — now on to the characters—

The Characters:

I really loved the way the author portrayed the characters. None of them had absolute tragic depressing lives, but they had color and character and most importantly for me they were believeable.  Even though there were guys in the story, I also liked that it focused on friendships and the girls. Starting with Bailey – from moment one I wanted to like her, her bubly and positive personality. You could tell she had the usual girl hang ups about appearance/etc, but overall she did seem happy. Seeing her real thoughts through her eyes were very eye opening. Meg was complete opposite, she was smart and talented but hated herself for things that were never her fault. I think in the end both Baily and Meg made large discoveries about themselves and their pasts which will affect their future.

Now on to the Ryder character – from moment one, I had a fishy feeling about this but it wasn’t so obvious it was ridiculious.. So i think it did add all the right “motive” and character to the story. My favorite guy was Meg’s guy – I mean –SWOON! Where was this guy when I was in highschool?? he sets the bar high for any YA who reads this and is looking for someone like that at all. Overall I did love the characters, their dynamics and the relationships.

Overall – To Read or Not To Read:

Overally, I enjoyed the book very much. It was real and covered real topics. None of the characters were perfect to a point they representated a fake person. The story had realisitc drama and kept you wanting to know more. Funny enough, this is a story I wasn’t sure I wanted to read and i finished it in 2 days – and that says something about me…

While I cannot say this is one of the best books I’ve ever read, I can say it is eye opening about the realities of what is going on in the lives of young adults today and how the “romance” game of boy meets girl really has changed – there is so much less face to face and so much more texting, FB, Tweeting, etc.. It’s an entirely different world and I enjoyed seeing how this was great and how it could tear someone down – words can be powerful, no matter where they come from.

I do reccommend this as a read – maybe not a soul touching read, but everything cannot be like that – I reccommend for a great think read with some great romance.

Happy Reading!

Kelley

 

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