J. R. Ward – Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) | Review

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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

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Since Black Dagger Brotherhood books make big part of my TBR, I decided it’s time to do something about that. I have actually started this book three years ago and I read half of it, but though I really liked it, I never continued on. Until now. And I really enjoyed it, though I did have some minor problems with it. It was very interesting to read a vampire book now that vampires are not as popular as they were a few years ago, but I can tell you, I still like reading about them if the whole vampire thing is done well.42899

If you odd out the romance, this book still has a plot, which is very rare for vampire books. I love how vampires are portrayed in this book and how everything works out. Brotherhood is so cool and reading about them was very empowering. When it comes to the actual plot, I have mixed feelings about it. I did get into this book right away and I definitely had my attention, but I think that the first part of the book draged a bit, especially compared to the second half when a ton of stuff happened and everything was so fast-paced and exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the beginning with Beth finding out about the entire vampire thing and falling for Wrath (though that hapened FAST!). It’s just that it took me two days for the first half of the book, and then less than a day for the second half. My interest so obviously grew toward the end of the book, when the plot actually picks up. The ending itself was quite expected, though I did not expect for things to go so far, but I do like how it all wrapped up.

When it comes to our main character, Beth, I couldn’t connect with her. I don’t hate her, but she was quite annoying. And stupid at times. Like, who the fuck has sex with a complete stranger who looks like is going to kill her? And like that isn’t enough, she goes after him and trusts him immediately. Quite stupid, don’t you think?
I already said how much I love the Brotherhood. I like every single one of these Warriors, but when they were all together and their relationships with each other were brilliant. It’s hard to say this, but Wrath is probably my least favourite in the Brotherhood. I couldn’t make myself like him. I really tried. I couldn’t. He was pretending to be a tough guy, but he was just too whiny and self-centered for me. I didn’t buy it. Also, I don’t really like his relationship with Beth. Too much insta-love and his change was just way too unrealistic.
As I said, I really like all the other guys, but I don’t feel like I should talk about any of the other characters in this review, since each book is about another character so I’ll talk about them when I actually get to know them better.

The writing.Occasionaly it was just too much. Through most of the book I really enjoyed it and it was fine, but there were just way too many sexual descriptions, to say the least. I don’t mind reading about sex, but Beth and Wrath had sex way too many timed throughout this book. And even when they weren’t having sex, at least one of them was thinking about having sex with the other person. It was just too much for my taste. It’s hard to make me unconfortable while reading, I can really enjoy everything, but this was just… nope. The good thing is, eventually you get used to it so it didn’t really bother me that much at the end. But still…

I have no idea whom to recommend this book. I don’t feel like the right person to put an age range on this book, since I first read it when I was 13. But I guess if this is something you think you’d enjoy, if you’re mature enough and you’re okay with a lot of sex in books, it’s a book for you. I really enjoyed it, it was very fun and entertaining and I will definitely be continuing with the series.

C. J. Lyons – Lifelines (Angels of Mercy #1) | Review

A gripping behind-the-scenes drama of four women who face life and death every day
On her first day at Pittsburgh’s Angels of Mercy Medical Center, L.A.-transplant Lydia Fiore, the new ER attending physician, loses a patient: the Chief of Surgery’s son. Now, to save her career, Lydia must discover the truth behind her patient’s death, even as it leads her into unfamiliar-and risky-territory.
At least she’s not alone. There’s med student Amanda, a sweet Southern belle with problems of her own; Gina, a resident with a chip on her shoulder; and Nora, the no-nonsense charge nurse with a cool head but a fiery temper. Not to mention the paramedic who’d like to try out his bedside manner on Lydia.

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My mom bought this book last fall and I was eyeing this book since then. In January, I put this book on my TBR, and now I’ve finally read it. I was a bit afraid that I wouldn’t like it, sicne it’s out of my confort zone and I don’t usually read books in this genre, but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved this book so much and now I can’t stop thinking about it.

The premise of this book didn’t sound super interesting to me when I first read the summary and I started reading this book only because of the romance. However, the plot ended up being very interesting ang gripping. I couldn’t put the book down and I just needed to know what happens. Last 50-100 pages of this book were super intense and I barely breathed while reading. The entire book is action-packed and thrilling, and every single chapter ends on a cliffhanger so you just have to continue reading. Plot is set over the course of 5 days, but so many stuff happened. Also, I liked different POVs we got. The main focus was on Lydia, of course, but we got to see Amanda’s, Nora’s and Gina’s POV as well and I liked all the glimpses into their lives and their feelings. Another this I really like is the idea that every book in this four-book series follows one of the girls, and other three are just side charcters. I just find that to be a super cool concept. When it comes to the mystery part, I was not able to guess who is the ”bad guy”, but I loved the way everything unraveled. Also, I think I liked the part after we found out who the ”bad guy” is even more.

Characters in this book are very interesting and very well done. Every single one of them has their own demons and their own story, and their stories all intertwine and make a beautiful background of this book.
Lydia is a very interesting character. She’s been through so much, but she turned out to be very badass and awesome. I liked her so much and her character sounded very believable. She is an awesome doctor, she did solve the mystery and all of those expected stuff, but she was real. She has her demons and she doesn’t always fight them, but she has definitely become one of my role-models. Her relationship with Trey… I don’t know. At first it was very cheesy and kind of discusting, but later I ended up shipping them so hard. The romance in the second part of the book is much deeper and I got to see the connection between Trey and Lydia a lot better. I liked how Trey was the only one who knew what Lydia needed. So, I ship it. Trey as a character is awesome as well, I liked him from the beginning, but I wish we got to meet him a little bit better. However, I really liked his family. Those people are just awesome.
Character which I think I’m supposed to like, but I don’t is Gina. I just couldn’t connect to her. I tried to understand her, I tried to root for her, but I just couldn’t make myself care about her. I did like Nora a lot, especially at the end of the book when she became strong and independent. I’m glad she got over the bad thing that happened to her. Amanda is probably my favourite character, after Lydia. I don’t know exactly why, but I really like that girl. Also, I hope there will be some romance between her and this doctor whose name I can’t remember at the moment. They would be a cute couple and I ship them.

I have no idea what else to say about this book. I love it so much and I can’t wait to read the sequel. Hopefully, that will happen this summer. It needs to happen. Also, I recommend this book!

Anthony Doerr – All the Light We Cannot See | Review

Marie.Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie- Laure’s converge.

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World War II always intrigued me, so I was really excited about this book, since I heard so many amazing things about it. However, I didn’t expect it would completely blow my mind. Dual POV was done perfectly and I really enjoyed reading about both of our main characters. Their childhoods and all the stuff that happened to them before the War wrapped up nicely into the later plot and I can definitely see all the hard work that was required in order for this book to exist. A lot of research had to be done, and I admire Anthony Doerr for not giving up and spending ten years writing this book.
Another thing about this book that I really liked was that we got to follow our characters at different ages throughout the book so we could get the whole picture of who they are and why they do what they do. Even though this book is quite long and the topic is not the happiest and lightest, it was still a quick read, since chapters are super short nad we keep changing POVs so I never really got bored. I have to say, this was a really smart move.

Now, onto the characters.
Marie-Laure (whose name I just can’t pronounce) was really beautiful character. I loved reading about her. She is such a strong femalce character, no one can deny that. The fact that she was blind didn’t make her weak, it made her seem even stronger, because she managed to deal with everything that happened to her and she didn’t want to give up. She wanted to live, and she did.
Werner is another amazing character. I loved reading about him as well, but for completely different reasons. I liked him a lot as a person and I found him to be very interesting. His interest in radios and basically physics in any form, was pretty unique, since I have never read about a character like him before. His childhood was not the happiest, but it was not terrible either. However, what followed that childhood was not nice at all. What happened to him at the end was realistic, that’s all I can say.
I’m not going to talk about other characters because they are important, but I don’t have much to say, so I won’t even start. I’m just going to say that all of the characters were really realistic and very well done and every single one of them added something to the whole story.

Throughout the whole book I was waiting for the two main characters, Marie-Laure and Werner to meet. I have to admit, I was expecting a romanc. When I got close to the ending (was it 100 pages left? 150? I don’t remember), I was afraid that they won’t meet at all, but then they did and the book immediately got even better. However, there was no romance, because that would be completely unnecessary and not realistic at all, since they were in the middle of the war.

I read one review on this book and there was a sentence which I found so true and which describes perfectly why I loved this book so much. Unfortunately, I can’t find that review again so I can link it here, but this is how sentence went: Anthony Doerr’s writing made me fall in love with words again.” Yeah, this summs it all up. All the Light We Cannot See is probably the most beautifully written book I’ve ever read and it’s definitely a masterpiece of literature. If you haven’t, you should definitely read it.

All in all, what I liked the most about this book was that it was so REALISTIC and just beautifully written. This is how you write a book. This is what I think of when people say literature. Definitely recommend to everyone.

Chuch Palahniuk – Fight Club | Review

The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.
In his debut novel, Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret boxing matches in the basement of bars. There two men fight “as long as they have to.” A gloriously original work that exposes what is at the core of our modern world.

★★★☆☆ 5759

I expected a lot from this book, so I ended up a bit disappointed. When I first heard about this book from Catriona (Little Book Owl on Youtube), it sounded like an interesting read so I decided to give it a try. When I read the first chapter I was really intrigued and I was sure that this book was going to be fantastic. But then, a second chapter came and I didn’t like it. The same happened with next chapters. It all just became weird (I usually like weird, but this was too much for me) and I didn’t enjoy it at all. The idea itself was very good and I understand the message this book is sending, but I don’t think the book was done very well.

There was no some particular plot, just a bunch of random descriptions of situations that had nothing to do with each other. Yeah, I understand that it was because the narrator has mental illness so he’s not very reliable, but again, it didn’t work. (For example, in The Shock of the Fall, the narrator also has mental illness and the plot was confusing as well, but there it was done properly and it all worked in the end.) There were, however, some interesting parts which kept my attention, especially at the end when we find out that huge plot twist (which I knew from the beginning because I was accidentally spoiled). It feels like Chuch Palahniuk knew that he wants this big plot twist at the end, but he didn’t knew how to make a story about it. Because twist itself was fantastic and it would also be mind blowing if it was done a bit better.

I didn’t like any of the characters in this book, either. Except for Marla, maybe. The narrator, whose name we don’t know, but at the back of the book (on my copy) the author says that main character’s name is Jack, is so annoying and I couldn’t connect with him at all. Tyler was a bit more interesting, but I still didn’t like him. I didn’t like how the narrator (Jack) was basically opsessed with Tyler (there is a reason for it, though, but still…) and how weird their relationship was. Yeah, it was interesting on some level, but only at times. Marla Singer was an interesting character, and probably the most likeable one, but I still can’t say that I really liked her. One thing I don’t get about her is why she stayed with Jack/Tyler the whole time. I mean, the romance was so not there and it was all just unbelieveable to me.

As you probably noticed by now, I’m not a big fan of Chuch Palahniuk‘s writing style. I find it really confusing and weird, but interesting at times. The message of this book is clear and that’s the main reason why this book got three stars and not less. I can see what the author was trying to do with this book, but I don’t think he succeeded. I don’t think I’ll be picking up another of his books in near future, but never say never.

Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend this book to you, but since there are a lot of people out there who love Chuck Palahniuk and this book, I’m not saying you shouldn’t read this book. Definitely give it a try, you may even like. Just because I didn’t enjoy it, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. We all have different tastes.

There is also a movie Fight Club with Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter, and everyone (even the author) agrees that the movie is much better than the book. I’m looking forward to watch it.

V. E. Schwab – Vicious | Review

A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near-future world.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

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I heard only good reviews on this book and there is a valid reason for it. THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC! Seriously, it was fabolous. Original, with interesting plot and very unusual characters, it made me want to read more and more. And that’s why I don’t get it why it took me so long to finish it (maybe it’s because I listened to it as an audiobook and that sometimes can take a while). I picked it up for Little Book Club, and I regret nothing. It was actually the October book of the month for the Underhyped books theme, but I finished it only now. I know, I’m super late.

I really liked V. E. Schwab’s writing style. Switching between different time periods and points of view were done very well and the whole organization of the book was great. Characters were complex and their motives and actions were brought out on a great way. I have never read a book like this one and I don’t think I ever will again, because it’s so special and unusual. Just AMAZING. Definitely go pick it up if you haven’t already, I assure you that you won’t regret it.

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

First, I’d like to talk about how original this book is. It started off with the very intriguing scene at the graveyard and I was immediately hooked. From the beginning I was dying to find out what happened before that graveyard scene and that was slowly unraveling. When we found out how did that happen, we already had some other scenes in the future that we wanted to know more about. That was probably my favourite aspect of this book. It constantly made me want to read more and more.

As I already said, characters were complex and pretty weird. Every single one of them had it’s own backstory and motives. I also couldn’t really decide whether I like them or not.
Vicor was pretty unusual protagonist and at the beginning I expected him to be some kind of a hero, but he definitely wasn’t a hero. Yeah, he was kind of good and I liked him most of the time, but he definitely had his own demons and a dark side. Also, his obsession with Eli was a bit sick at times. But all in all, I really liked Victor and in my opinion, he’s one of the most interesting protagonists I’ve read about until now.
Eli was weird. Very weird. And I didn’t like him. That was not because he was portraxed as a bad character, but because I just couldn’t connect with him and I couldn’t understand him completely, like Victor. Something was wrong in his head because not a single normal person would believe that killing EOs is a good thing. I would understand him if he was a scared human, but he was an EO as well, and I just couldn’t make myself to believe in his motives. I actually felt sorry for him sometimes, but most of the time I was just cheering for Victor to kill him.
Sydney was probably my favourite character. She was just a kid, but she was strong and brave. Sure, she was scared, especially at the beginning, but when he made up the courage and realized that she should help Victor, she completely changed and I really loved her from that moment. Sydney basicly grew up during those days with Victor and I really loved the scene when Selena told her to go somewhere safe and she ran to Victor. I think that was one of the best scenes in this book. I just couldn’t stop smiling.
Selena was a bitch and I hated her so much. I don’t really understand why she wanted to help Eli. I just don’t. He tried to kill her sister and she just stood there! How can anyone like that person? I think I hated Selena much more than I hated Eli. She was by far the worst character in the book.
I also really liked Mitch. I was very intrigued by his backstory because in the first half of the book he was just there, as a sidekick character and he was mostly unimportant, but then, toward the end of story, we found out more about him and I realized how much I actually like him. Also, I was so freaking out every time I thought he died, but he actually never did. That was just awesome!

Another thing I really liked about Vicious was the fact that there were no good and bad characters. Just characters that were more or less good and more or less bad. There were no classic villians and heroes, no good guys and bad guys, and that fact made me think about the ending a lot. I didn’t know what to expect because I felt I’d get surprised by the ending anyway. And I was, but not the way I thought I’d be. It was actually pretty expectable ending, but I didn’t expect it because the whole book was different and normal ending just wouldn’t fit so I didn’t even think about it. But the neding was very simple. I know all of this is a huge paradox, but it’s really good and a very unique way of telling the story. Also, the last sentence just blew me away. Since I listened to this book as an audiobook, I couldn’t tell when it exactly ends, but when I heard that last sentence, I hoped there is not even a word after that one because I considered it a perfect closing sentence. And thankfully, there was nothing more and I was just amazed. WOW. That’s all I’m going to say. Read this book, it’s fantastic and it will give you the feels, even if you don’t expect it.

Nathan Filer – The Shock of the Fall | Review

I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.
The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.

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My mind is blown. Seriously, this book was fantastic and I absolutely loved it. I expected to love it, but it still managed to surprise me and amaze me. Main craracter, plot, story-telling, setting, style… amazing. It was very unusual for me to read a book like this, but afret The Shock of the Fall, I’ll be definitely picking up more books about mental illness. I managed to get into the story and really connect with the main character, Matt, his story was very brave and just beautiful. Writing style was very…weird, but also very good. It was so unlike anything I read before, it was confusing sometimes, but it made that amazing atmosphere that made the book so great. I finished this book over the weekend, in breaks between studying, because it was very short but also very interesting and I just wanted to find out what happens next. I don’t know in which age-genre to put this book because the main character is 19 years old, so it could be YA, but the theme and the whole idea is much more mature and serious so I’d rather put it in agult genre. However, I don’t think you have to be certain age to enjoy this book. If you’re mature enough and/or if you find this topic interesting, you are going to enjoy this book. So basicly, I recommend this book to everyone, it’s so beautiful and heartbreaking but also shocking and just great. Definitely read it, you won’t regret it, I promise!

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

I already said how much I liked the writing style. And I really did. It was so confusing. Like, the chronology was so messed up and I never knew when had the thing that he was writing about happened, but I think it just made the whole story more realistic because, after all, our narrator has schizophrenia so he can get a bit lost sometimes. I think that his schizophrenia was portraited amazingly. Another thing, I really like the change in fonts every now and then in a book. These were used to show us the change between what he wrote on a computer and what he wrote on a typewriter. Such a great idea! So original. Also, even though we more or less knew what happened at the end, I loved the plot twist, but what amazed me the most was the appearence of Anabelle, the girl from the beginning of the book. So awesome, I never expected her to be important later in the book, but she was. Wow.

I absolutely loved the main character, Matt. His story was so sad and shocking but he managed to tell us his story with a bit of humor, on a very brave and interesting way. Matt was such a unique character and his life was everything except easy, but he made it through. I was constantly expecting him to kill himself at the end of the book, but I loved the fact that he didn’t and that he was strong enough to live his life the way it is. I liked how he had a different relationship with each character in the book and all the characters he mentioned were important in some way. I especially liked his relationship with his grandma, those two just understood eachother and I really like the detail that only Matt knows that his grandma smokes and that she smokes only with him. If that’s not close, I don’t know what is.

The whole mental illness theme and the way schizophrenia was presented to us was very well done and it definitely got me interested in that topic. What I loved the most in this book was the fact it was written from a point of view of a person who actually suffers from mental illness and we got to see the way he sees the world. Just fantastic. I can’t fathon how much I enjoyed reading this book and how much it made me think now. I wish I can hug this book now and never let it go. It’s amazing, everyone should read it.

Dean Koontz – Watchers | Review

From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose…Bestselling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation…

★★★★☆ (4.5)
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I never thought I would enjoy this book as much as I did. I got attached to Watchers a lot and I even got a bit teary eyed at the end what really surprised me. My mom recommended this book to me so I decided to read it but at first it was a bit boring and I wanted to give up and read something else but I didn’t and I’m glad because of it. It became so much more interesting later and I really connected with characters and I got dozen of little heartattacks while reading. You can’t mess with reader like that! Damn it, Dean Koontz!

My favourite character was definitely Einstein. I never thought I would care that much about a fictional character that is a dog but I did. I don’t even look at my dog the same way after reading this book and I constantly keep searching for some ingenuity in my dog (I’m crazy, I know). I was really scared when SPOILER ALERT! he was sick and I thought he was going to die and also when The Outsider almost killed him. I wanted to throw the book but I didn’t. I was really convinced he died and it was so unfair but then they said that he is alive and I was so happy and I just wanted to hug the author for not killing Einstein. This was rollercoaster of feelings. It was also so funny how he read books and I really wanted him to be my dog then so we can read books together and then talk about them… that would be amazing! It was so cute and touching when Einstein said: I don’t have masters. I have friends. I almost cried at that part, he is so sweet. I also liked Travis a lot, I could connect with him and I liked his relationship with Einstein very much. I didn’t likeNora at all. I wanted to slap her! She changed later and I kind of liked her (I didn’t hate her, at least) but she was annoying and weird. But, we did see her character development and she definitely changed and became stronger and much less annoying. I also liked Garrison a lot, that guy is crazy but in a good way. How he did everything (damn it, he swam in the cold sea in his 71st year just to get to the phone) just to help Travis and Nora and I really admire him for that. And he didn’t even have the reason to help them! Another guy I liked was Jim/James (his name changed through the book, probably by accident), the vet who saved Einstein. When he burned that paper I liked him even more. Vince was interesting. He is also crazy, but not on a good way. I liked him at the beginning, I liked reading about him but when he wanted to kill Nora and Travis I wanted him dead. I have mixed feelings about Outsider. He had to die, that’s not even a question but I kind of connected with him and I felt really sorry for him when we found out more about him. But, when I thought he killed Einstein I wanted him dead without a question. However, whene Travis did kill him, I was a bit sad. I mean, it was not his fault that scientists did all that to him and made him who he was!

Writing was high quality and it was interesting, I especially liked parts with Einstein and Travis and parts with Vince but the rest was very good too. As I said, it was a bit boring at the beginning before everything started to happen but later it was just crazy and super-interesting. The ending was maybe a bit unconvincing because everything ended And they lived happily ever after but it didn’t bother me because I got really attached to these characters and I think that they deserve happy ending. Travis especially. I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did and I was pleasantly surprised. Mostly because it’s an adult book I wasn’t very sure about reading it but recently I’m trying to be open to many different genres so I gave this book a shot. No regrets! Highly recommend!