- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 769.0 KB
- Print Length: 165 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: From the Ashes Press (27 May 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GAEZP1I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #766,963 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the very first moment when we meet Becca and Asher there is a protective surge as the reader is pulled in. This is beautifully written without feeling gushy. Becca is a young lady with her whole life ahead of her, she excels at a lot of things, sport, music etc but the actions of Trip threaten to extinguish her internal light and love of life.
Asher captured my heart, what a wonderful friend .. he had always been there for Becca but he went over and above expectations .. he was truly what a girl needs in these circumstances. The characters are all well formed and totally believable. A lot of experience or research has gone into this and it touched me on a personal level.
I loved it from beginning to end, went through a myriad of emotions during it but came away with a whole sense of justice .. live life to the full and always be the best you can be and most importantly of all be yourself.
Many thanks to Ashley for allowing me to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I knew from the second I heard about this book that I was going to have to read it. So when I was chosen to receive an ARC I was so happy. This book tackles an important subject and one that is often glossed over. Abuse. Specifically, dating abuse. Often people can be led to believe that abuse means it is physical but abuse can also be emotional, verbal, etc. This book touches on all of these. I was in a verbal/emotionally abusive relationship myself for while so this book really spoke to me. I could really relate to a lot of things that Becca was feeling. I was nearly brought to tears several times while reading. (Actually, at one point, I was.) The emotions were very real and for me, very relatable. Most of what was relatable for me was from Becca's POV but there was still relatibilty in Asher's POV, as well.
Before I go into all of the good points the one thing I would say is that sometimes the dialogue seemed a little bit unnatural or the sentence flow would throw me off. But these are really the only criticisms that I have.
As for the characters they were great. Becca, for me, was the character that I connected with the most. While there are some things about Becca and I that are very different there are also many things that are similar. Of course, the type of relationship that she was in. However, there are also other things. Her fondness for music. I may not play an instrument but I very much enjoy singing. She loves rock candy and so do I. She's a fan of Doctor Who and so am I. She loves to cook and so do I. She loves to read and so do I. So, clearly, there are a lot of similarities that made it even easier for me to relate to and connect with her.
Asher was so sweet and thoughtful. He really paid attention to all of the little things about Becca and he didn't use these things against her. He would use these things to male her happy and to comfort her. He was always there for her since they were children. Asher very clearly wanted to protect her but didn't treat her like she was weak. I loved when they played board games together and that he ended up getting addicted to Doctor Who.
The side characters were also great and fun to read about. Side characters can really help to make a book. Asher's parents, Becca's parents and sister were all great side characters.
Trip was a scary character, as he was meant to be. The pieces of the book that were in his POV gave you a little bit more of a peek into his mind. It's both scary and sad that there are people like this in the world.
The little touches like Becca and Asher playing Don't Break the Ice, the rock candy, the Pull n' Peel Cherry Twizzlers (a favorite of mine), the cooking, the singing and the watching of Doctor Who all made this book even better. Seeing things that I love in this book made it even more relatable and these little details made me smile.
This was a very good book about a very important topic. I enjoyed the ending, as well. I think this is a good book to read for many people and of many ages. It's not for children, but for older teenagers and above I think just about anyone should read this. The book that I'm working on deals with abuse and in my first book, My Heart is Yours, I touch on the topic. It is an important issue that should be discussed more. I recommend this book to just about everyone and I can't wait to see what Ashley has in store for us next. I give this one 4 quills.
I really enjoyed the storyline and the message this book is trying to help people more aware of. I enjoyed the characters created and the banter between Asher and Becca. Also I loved the how much strength the author gave Becca at the end.
Even though there was some tuff subject matter this was a fun, sweet read. Not a bad first book!!