[Review] Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew

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Title: Never Stop Falling
Author: Ashley Drew
Publication: March 1st 2016 (self-published)
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: e-book

She didn’t expect to fall for her best friend.
He was always waiting to catch her.

Corinne Bennett lives in the moment. Whether she’s skydiving out of an airplane, or setting off on the road to anywhere, she’s ready to dive into the next adventure. That is, if best friend and always-by-the-book Nicholas Kelley doesn’t put his foot down on her wild stunts first.

When Corinne gives in to her growing feelings for Nicholas the summer before their freshman year of college, she takes the ultimate risk, making this one adventure he has longed to explore with her.

But the moment they take that irrevocable leap, a shocking revelation blindsides Corinne, exposing her vulnerabilities, baring her fears, and shattering her beliefs about love. With their future—and most importantly, their friendship—now clouded in doubt, she must decide if love is really worth the risk.

Because when it comes to love, you never stop falling.


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My thoughts:

I received an electronic review copy of this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

This book left me in a whirlwind of emotions. Ever since I saw the cover, I completely fell in love with it. I never thought that I will also fall in love with the book. This is the third New Adult book that I read and all of them haven’t disappointed me. This is why I’m enjoying that genre.

Never Stop Falling is about a girl named Corinne Bennett who didn’t look at his best friend, Nicholas Kelley, as a lover ever. However, this all started to change when she realizes how her best friend looks at her, and she finds herself falling in love with him as they did things that they never expected to happen (not what you think it is).

“Love is beautiful and strange; it can make the heart complete and whole and yet, it’s also capable of smashin’ it into a million pieces.”

This book falls under two viewpoints from Corinne and Nicholas wherein I enjoyed inasmuch as I thought I would. I love reading in both of their perspectives. Both characters were fun and easy to read, and both did not fall into the dark pit of cliché. They were realistic and true to themselves and that’s what I love about this book.

What made this book better than expected is its climax. When I reached it, I was nerve-racking, mentally biting my nails. I didn’t know what will happen next because as the book goes on, it gets completely better and better. The consistency of this book is amazing. I love consistency in a book, and this one deemed to be a worthy one.

“Love is full of risks. Losing the person you love is one of them, and you have to be willing to take it.”

Throughout the book, I surely enjoyed reading the book, but I somehow find the book quite lacking, and I’m not completely satisfied. There’s just something that the story needs to be better. A twist or something huge of an event that will make my jaw drop or something. It will definitely make me love the book more.

Okay, I love this book, and I have no more reason why you should read this book. It’s amazing, and you need to read it. my review may not have justified the beauty that is this book, but I really recommend this book. It truly deserves more attention and hype.

4 swords4 swords for making NA an amazing genre for me!


About the author:

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A San Francisco Bay Area native, Ashley Drew currently lives in Los Angeles. When she’s not going cross-eyed after writing for five hours straight, or burying her nose in a book, you’ll find her sprawled on her couch watching General Hospital, having alien conspiracy discussions with her husband over a bottle of bubbly, and dancing to Taylor Swift’s 1989 album with her daughter.


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[Review] A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) by Sabaa Tahir

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Title: A Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Publication: August 30th 2016 by Razorbill
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 452
Format: ARC

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.


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My thoughts:

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review for a blog tour (that I failed to complete on the desired date–so sorry!). This does not affect my opinion.

I cannot even begin to comprehend how I feel about this series. It has achieved remarkably a ton of reviews that talk about how amazing this series is, but somehow, I feel completely left behind. I keep on seeing my friends loving and raving about the series non-stop, and I mean, this book is undoubtedly great with its raw and different plot line; however, it just did not work for me. It was something between great and OK.

A Torch Against the Night merely continues with the cliffhanger ending of the first book, An Ember in the Ashes. With Laia in a mission to rescue her brother, Darin, from imprisonment, she finds herself assisted by Elias. Both have bounties on their head–making their mission more difficult–with the Commandant eyeing every step they make. They begin to uncover the truth as they reach nearer the prison.

“Most people,” Cain says, “are nothing but glimmers in the great darkness of time.”

One thing I have high praises about this series is its brilliant writing style. Every time I turn a page, I begin to savor the words utilized to craft this fantastical story. The world that the author created through words is just beyond amazing, and all I have is mad respect for her just because of her use of words in this series.

Although, there are still some questions left unanswered which I expected to unravel along the story of the second installment. The story just completely went to a different direction that somehow also interconnects with the original direction. As much as some characters were given deserving spotlight, some significant characters were failed to be given the same, like Teluman or the Resistance itself.

“Don’t lock yourself away from those who care about you because you think you’ll hurt them or–or they’ll hurt you. What point is there in being human if you don’t let yourself feel anything?”

I like how Helene’s point of view was added in this because she plays a bigger role than her from the first book. Her struggles as a characters definitely added to the excitement and thrill that I consumed from every single page of her perspective. From an average road the author took, she then made a huge U-turn to mold and concoct a new kind of story, making use of the characters’ driving emotions to gain a new kind of interest from the readers. I mean, that’s what I felt by reading the first and second book.

A Torch Against the Night is entitled literally–for me. As I see a cliché start, an ember of flame then kindled and sparked my attention. This book has become a medium of light in a darkness that I thought this series will head into.

 

4 swords4 swords for being a torch against the night–literally!


About the author:

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Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.


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