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review 2017-07-25 22:58
Book Review of Hope by Jennifer Gibson
Hope - Jennifer Gibson

Jessie has managed to defy the odds, overcoming a severe hearing loss and achieving a Black Belt. She seemed to have it all, a handsome and devoted boyfriend, success as a karate instructor…until now.

 

On the cusp of graduating from high school, a shocking injury changes her life. With her heart shattered and her faith destroyed, she finds herself headed in a new direction all alone. As she leaves for college, she needs to find the courage to conquer her self-doubt and rediscover hope before it’s too late.

 

Review 4*

 

This is the forth book in a series that follows Jessie, a teen with a hearing impediment. I really enjoyed this story!

 

Jessie McIntyre is a character I could relate to easily. She has faced many difficult challenges over the last few of years, what with being bullied at high school, competing at Karate tournaments and earning her black belt, as well as learning to deal with her extra hearing loss after her accident. Now heading towards college, Jessie is finding life even more complicated. Will she overcome the obstacles placed in her way? And can she find out what her destiny has in store?

 

It has been two years since I read and reviewed the third book, Destiny. However, when I heard that this book had been released, I quickly purchased a copy, as I was curious to find out how Jessie was getting on. This story continues on from book three and is told through the eyes of Jessie. I was quickly pulled into the lives of the characters once more and taken on a huge emotional roller coaster ride. It was lovely meeting her again, I missed her.

 

It has been a pleasure watching Jessie's character grow throughout the series. I have also enjoyed watching Jessie and Ethan's relationship grow closer over the series. They have had their ups and downs, as most couples do, but I love the way they interact; you can almost feel their love for each other, it's that palpable. But after a sparring accident causes a rift, Jessie finds herself facing a life altering choice.

 

Jessie is accepted to an art college and this see's her leaving home and spreading her wings a bit. This also introduces us to a new character, Jackson. I am not a fan of love triangles and I was worried that this would be the case in this book. However, I needn't have worried. Jackson is an art college student too, and rents a room in the same house as Jessie. They soon become fast friends. He also happens to be gay.

 

As I said above, this book is a roller coaster ride of emotion and I felt each one that impacted on Jessie. This book is full of love, joy, anger, fear, sadness, loss and, most especially, hope. I found myself in tears on more than one occasion, so I suggest you keep a tissue handy just in case. Jessie finds herself facing many challenging situations and trying new things. I especially enjoyed the fencing and Bo scenes. I am not a sporty person (though I love swimming), but these scenes are written with authority as the author obviously has an interest in these sports and either has extensive experience or knowledge of them as well as Karate. There is also a spiritual feel to the story that I enjoyed. I reached the end of the story with mixed feelings; sad that it ended but happy at the way it concluded.

 

Jennifer Gibson has written an intriguing and interesting YA story based in truth. I found the story a quick read. I love the way the story flows from scene to scene; it's extremely fluid and the descriptions were described in such a way that I could picture them with ease. This is an author I have added to my favourite authors list.

 

I highly recommend this book to young readers aged 12 to 16, and to adults who love reading younger YA romance or coming of age novels. - Lynn Worton

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review 2017-07-20 07:03
Great Read!
Unbreakable: An Unacceptables MC Romance... Unbreakable: An Unacceptables MC Romance (Volume 3) - Kristen Hope Mazzola

MC Romances aren't usually my thing. I've read a few, but most times, I can take them or leave them. That's not the case with this one. It's so well written and there's a lot packed into this novella length book. The author's talent for storytelling shines in this gripping tale. While it does get into the MC side of things, it also shows the family side of things and how much love these characters have for each other. 

Ryder and Raine's story is emotional, tragic, full of action, sweet, and sexy, all wrapped up in one great book. This is my first read by this author, but it certainly won't be my last. 

 

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text 2017-07-18 07:55
Reading progress update: I've read 59%.
Reclaiming Hope - Shell Taylor

”SOOOO...” KOLLIN sat back in Adam’s chair.

“Do you want me to warn you ahead of time that we’re about to have an awkward conversation, or do you just want to be surprised?”

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text 2017-07-17 08:39
Reading progress update: I've read 22%.
Reclaiming Hope - Shell Taylor

“Oh, loosen up. It‘ll all be fine.” Kollin grinned.
“Look how well this is turning out. We haven’t even been on our first date, and we’re already fighting like an old married couple. This’ll be epic.”

 

 

Nothing like a good dose of optimism ;)

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review 2017-07-14 17:29
Romance and Suspense
Saving Hope: A Billionaire Secret Baby R... Saving Hope: A Billionaire Secret Baby Romance - Lucy Wild

Saving Hope is a fast-paced, quick read - about two hours read time. As I've come to expect with this author, the pace of the story, combined with a bit of suspense kept me turning pages to see how things would play out. It is instalove, but that tends to be the norm in romances of this length and pacing, so it was expected.
Even considering the length of the book, the beginning of the story felt a bit rushed to me. In all honesty, I was having trouble connecting with the characters and wasn't sure if I was going to like this one. There were things about Rob and Hope's first night together that just didn't ring true for me. But, there was that element of suspense to keep things moving and I was interested enough to plunge ahead.
Once the mystery of who Hope is and why she's running started to really play out, my interest picked up. Like other books by Wild, I found myself engrossed in the story at that point and was able to connect with a story much better in the second half of Rob and Hope's tale. That second half of the book is what bumped this one from a three to a four-star read for me.
Overall, while this isn't my favorite book by Lucy Wild, it is worth the read.

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