Review: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Author: Bryn Greenwood
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Date of Publication: August 9, 2016
Genre: Romance, Adult, Contemporary

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As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

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Heartbreakingly beautiful!

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There goes my feelings. After reading this book, I found myself playing all the events in my mind over and over again. They were too absorbing and nothing short of brilliant. I didn’t expect I was in for a roller coaster ride!

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was a tough book to read. It screamed heartache and many different overwhelming emotions. A well thought-out story about a girl named Wavonna Lee “Wavy” Quinn, the book opens in the year 1975 when she was 6 years old and has started to live under the roof of her aunt Brenda and her husband and two daughters Amy and Leslie. Wavy has always been a different girl. She doesn’t eat, doesn’t speak if she doesn’t want to, and always sneaks out of the house. It was when her parents came around to take her and her brother Donal when her life went back to being miserable. Her irresponsible parents are the worst. Her dad is a drug dealer while her mom suffers a mental illness. But when a tattooed ex-con named Kellen came into her life and basically helped her manage her awful childhood, she started looking up to him and she developed more than brotherly feelings to him.

Told in multiple POVs, I found this book in a way, emotionally challenging. It wasn’t that easy to dive into various characters’ minds and perhaps explore their feelings and thoughts. Wavy’s thoughts alone were more than enough to destroy me. What more when it comes to her cousin, to the people around her, and especially Kellen? But the good thing that I found in this multi-POVed book was that it made me become more open-minded to the main characters’ situation. If I have read this book without getting into other characters’ perspective, I think I may have the tendency to judge Wavy and Kellen’s relationship. Their age gap was odd and I can’t blame this story if it led to so many negative reactions from the people around her, especially from Wavy’s aunt. Reading this book made me feel accepting. It made me feel as though I was the one wearing their shoes, thus I found myself empathizing with them.

I was awestruck by the series of events here, both the good and the bad. It was pretty much unpredictable. All throughout the book, I didn’t know what’s about to happen and worse, I already envisioned a sad and tragic ending. Because gaaah books like this tend to end that way! But despite all the ugly things that happened here, there were of course wonderful things as what the title implies.

“I liked to pet his feet with mine. Touch his hands with mine. Rub my cheek against his. I liked how we were different, but the same.”

I believe this is one of the most unforgettable books that I’ve read this year and I’m glad I really read this gem. It was gripping and it definitely offered a whirlwind of emotions. The characters were painted with enough realism and everything kept me on the edge. Just a heads up though, there were many delicate issues here such as drugs, abuse, marital cheatings, and crime. All in all, it was a highly emotional read and certainly one of the best books ever written in 2016!

(Apart from being intrigued with this book, I’ve also read it for a purpose which is to greet my dear friend AJ a happiest birthday. Happiest birthday, my dear! I hope you did have a blast! AJ happens to love this book so I decided to delve into it, too. Click her name to read her fabulous review and send her birthday wishes as well. 🙂

Rating:

4 stars

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Review: Sweet Jayne by K. Webster

Sweet Jayne

Sweet Jayne
Author: K. Webster
Publisher: K. Webster
Published: May 31, 2016
Genre: Dark, Suspense, Adult, BDSM, Erotica, Romance
My Rating:

4 stars

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Nadia Jayne’s world is full of villains.

Kasper thinks he hates her.
Donovan thinks he loves her.
Logan thinks he owns her.

Sweet Jayne is a complicated girl…

She needs Kasper.
She hides from Donovan.
She has a plan for Logan.

But maybe complicated Jayne isn’t so sweet after all…
In fact, she might just be the biggest villain of them all.

WARNING: Story contains dark taboo themes and violence both sexual and physical which could trigger emotional distress in reader.

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“We all played parts that we’re ashamed of.”

4.5 Dark Stars!

Holy crap. This was some sick and f*cked up book, but it was so good and unpredictable that I just want to shout and give this author a one helluvah standing ovation.

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First things first, this book is not for everyone. It’s dark and literally twisted. It contains sexual assault and BDSM with a bit of dark taboo, so if these things don’t sit well with you, then this book is not for you.

Sweet Jayne is a very complicated story. I don’t even know where to begin with because the characters’ lives are so messed up. Nadia Jayne is the heroine here. She’s a young and beautiful woman who seems to attract every asshole she meets. When her mom married the rich business tycoon Donovan Jayne, her life basically turned in a completely different direction. It became worse when she met a new friend named Kasey who was kidnapped right before eyes. For years, Kasey hasn’t been found and Nadia’s guilt continued to nag her which led her to push through the investigation and seek the help of the authority with the assistance of her step-dad. That’s the time when she met Logan, the Chief of Police in their town who later on played a significant role in her life. Another man soon approached Nadia’s life– Kasper, a.k.a. Ghost who’s sole purpose was to hurt her in order to avenge her lost sister, Kasey.

I didn’t regret my abrupt decision to read this book. This was not even on my tbr until last week when I’ve read my friend Candace’s review which intrigued me and pushed me to dive into it. The story was unlike any other dark books I’ve read. Each of the characters were flawed in a f*cked up way but they’re very interesting to read about. I loved getting into their minds, no matter how corrupted they seemed to be.

The plot was certainly the best! I loved how every chapter made me feel very excited to know what’s going to happen next. The mystery was certainly there and it kept getting edgier page by page. There were tons of action scenes and cringe-worthy moments, too, which gave me the right amount of thrill.

Sweet Jane, overall, was a total page-turner. Certainly one of the best dark books I’ve read in my life! I highly recommend this book to fans of Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski, Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts, and Bang by E.K. Blair.

Rating:

4 stars

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Review: Return to Me by Taylor W. Law

Return to Me

Return to Me
Author: Taylor W. Law
Publisher: TWL Publishing
Publication: October 14, 2015
Genre: Adult, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

5 stars new

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Finding herself means losing everything she knows…

An empty-nested southern woman has her life turned on its head after an encounter with a young student from halfway around the world.

~A novella inspired by true events ~

Jill Edwards is just now learning the true definition of an empty nest. With her only child deployed in Iraq and her husband always gone on business, she finds herself often alone and awfully bored. Worse, it’s getting harder and harder for Jill to relate to the other housewives of Faithville, the little Christian college town she calls home.

Luckily, salvation comes in September.

Every year, Jill gets her only glimpse outside of Faithville when Faithville University welcomes its international students. This year, when one of these students moves in across the street, she’s surprised to find herself unusually drawn to the intriguing, athletic young man from half a world away.

As their unusual friendship develops, Jill discovers parts unknown within her soul – wild desires never before entertained. Awakening her long dormant hunger for life seems to be exactly the thrill she needs, but she soon finds herself on a journey that not only challenges her faith, but life as she knows it.

Return to Me is inspired by true events observed and experienced by the author during a pivotal tenure in rural North Carolina.

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I was pleasantly surprised by how much this novel affected me and practically made my heart cry for what it’s worth. I was moved and was definitely pulled into this unique, brilliantly done novel. I rarely read Adult fiction but this novel compelled me right from the start.

Return to Me paints a portrait of a small town named Faithville where a Christian College called Faithville University was built. Jill, a dedicated housewife of University staff Dave and the mother of Lena, thought her life was dull because of the simplicity of the place she’s living in. A woman who is usually being left behind by her husband who constantly travels, she found it hard to stay and settle around because of her desire to go out and spread her wings. Until she met the young and handsome college lad named Sean, her perception about her life meaningfully changed…

A novel inspired by true events, this book has a melancholic tone and it deals with a strong subject matter that centers family dynamics. It’s an unlikely story about marriage and infidelity– one that breaks the readers’ hearts and makes everyone realize the importance of keeping the family relationship stronger.

It was a nice experience for me getting into this book without any expectations because it surprised me in the end. It had my emotions wrapped around its fingers and it wrenched my heart because of the harsh reality of life. This heartfelt, captivating, and moving debut novel will definitely glue on my mind for a long time.

Rating: 5 stars new

(I was given a free copy of this book by Taylor W. Law in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!)

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