Monday, December 10, 2018

Review: Winner Take All by Laurie Devore

Title: Winner Take All 
Author: Laurie Devore
Published January 30th 2018 by Imprint

I now see there are quite a few people who had problems with this book. I am not sure I am not one of them. But I give you this, it was entertaining from start to finish, whatever was happening: good, bad or worse, I was enthralled. And appalled. And confused. And most of all torn.

At the end of the day I think I did like it. There are lot of feelings I share with Nell. I think every girl has felt the same way once or twice too. Like maybe the rules of the world are never fair, because no matter how much we try, guys seem to have it easier.

I must confess, there were some parts when I really thought it was out of control. The relationship between Nell and Jackson, while passionate, seemed to be very toxic too. But this is good to read about, so you can identify if maybe you are in one too. The thing about this toxic relationships is that they mostly seem like both people are doing things out of love: THEY ARE NOT. LOVE IS NOT LIKE THIS. 

Nevertheless, it was heartbreaking to see the price they both had to pay. I kept wanting both of them to wake up already and realize they were not a good thing. They were so much better than who they were together.

One of the things I liked the most in this story were the friends of both Jackson and Nell. The Reagans, Colombus and Tristan, they were all AMAZING friends that sometimes neither of our main characters deserved. But that's the thing about friends, they stick with us.

So I don't regret this book one bit. And I hope that if you read it, you'll try not to judge either.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Review: The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

Title: The Simple Wild 
Author: K.A. Tucker
Published August 7th 2018 by Atria Books

First of all, I hope K.A. Tucker is intentionally nodding at The Simple Life with that title, that would be just brilliant. #LongLiveParisHilton #NoShame

Secondly, after finishing this book I can say that I am pleasantly surprised.

Who is not into stories of city girls essentially tumbling out of their comfort zones? I mean it's basic human instinct to try and get a few laughs out of those hair and makeup predicaments. Though I must confess there were quite a few times I'd get annoyed at Calla, our Paris Hilton, for being maybe a tad too superficial and selfish. But that's okay, I can get over that as long as you show me some character development, and thankfully Calla showed some growth (but way too slowly for my liking if I admit). Even in the end, she seemed a bit reluctant to go and get what she wanted, but then again, some people take longer than others.

Then there is the Alaska wilderness and the AWESOME characters that lived there. I swear I lived everyone to bits, Agnes and her daughter Mabel, all the bush pilots, especially a certain hot viking named Jonah, and even Calla's dad Wren, who I think I could understand from the beginning.

This is the story about a young woman whose parents marriage seemed to fail thanks to Alaska. You can't really blame her for harboring less that good feelings about the land that she believes stole his dad away. But over some tragic circumstances she finds herself returning to her homeland, and finding out some hard truths.

I love books about second chances, and this whole story was about one. I appreciated the setting too, I am 100% sold on the beauty of a harsh, untouched place like Western Alaska, can't wait to get there sometime. And this novel delivered to all of my needs of an emotional yet hopeful and fun time. I believe K.A. Tucker did an beautiful job at making this novel memorable, which is why it has so many fans already. I think that when I am old, I'll probably still remember how I once read a book about bush pilots in Alaska.

A great, quick story to reconsider our life choices and how they affect those we love.