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Epic Recs: March 2014

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Epic Recs is a feature hosted by Amber at Books of Amber and Judith at Paper Riot. It’s an informal book club of sorts, where it’s all about the book pushing. And reading, of course. Pick a partner or request a partner through Amber and Judith to join in the fun.

Last month was a great start to Epic Recs between myself and Joséphine of Dudette Reads.  Catching Jordan ended up being a book that was just unrealistic for Josephine due to how the character behaved and the setting that she was in.  The plot did not do the book justice, however, since it had a sports elements, the recommendation wasn’t too bad.  My experience with Red Ink went quite well. I loved the edgy and raw story and it was like a breath of fresh air from previous books that I have read. A

This month Joséphine is recommending Divergent by Veronica Roth. I know, I know, I am still one of those people who hasn’t read it yet. This couldn’t be the perfect time to read it since the movie is coming out soon. 🙂 It is supposed to be an action packed book (I love those kinds of books) and the characters are supposed to be great. Let’s see whether the hype has been really worth it or not. 🙂  For Dudette Reads, I recommended Hearbeat by Elizabeth Scott. I actually just read it and knew that it might be a good fit for her. It is a contemporary book that really pulls at your heart strings and makes you want to cry for the characters.

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Heartbeat Book Review

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Synopsis: Life. Death. And…Love?
Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

Personal Thoughts: Wow! This book seriously blew me away. The last book I read by this author was Bloom and it grabbed my attention too. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but I knew that if it was as good as the last one, I was not going to be disappointed. I was not disappointed.  🙂

The raw feeling in this book gives you goosebumps, it makes you want to cry for Emma, and it makes you want to scream in frustration at what her step dad is not getting. The topic of the book itself was quite shocking and if I was placed in Emma’s stepdad’s shoes, I have no idea what I would have done.

I loved how Elizabeth Scott slowly introduced Caleb into Emma’s life. Although they were on the opposites sides of the social circles and where they stood, there was one subject that they had in common and that made them click. No one can understand death unless they have gone through it themselves and Caleb understands that perfectly. He is a classic example with a bad boy reputation, but there is a reason why he does the things that he does. It was just right how underneath it all, Emma understands what he is going through and makes him see that he can be better than what he is.

At the end, they save each other and that is the most romantic thing in my opinion. Everyone should read this book, it will break your heart and melt it at the same time. 🙂

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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.