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Reprieve Paperback – 15 Sep 2015
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Tegan and Asher's story was not was I was expecting. It had a storyline that I have not read before and one that pulled at my heartstrings. It's a raw and gritty account of addiction and its effect on a person and those closest to them.
“My family was almost perfect. The only flaw was me. I didn’t belong. They shouldn’t have to deal with me. They deserved better.”
I was completely sucked in from the first page. The story flips between the past and the present, and I thought it was such a great way to do it and gave the story such an impact. The past gave us a painful and realistic account of Tegan life spiraling out of control, her struggles, her demons, her fears, and the choice she makes to get her next fix. As I read each chapter of her past, my heart was sinking for Tegan.
“In the mirror, I made eye contact with the broken woman staring back. The little girl within me pleaded with her, but her pleads fell on deaf ears”
The present we get to see Tegan’s struggle and challenges during her time in rehab, and her relationship with the counselor Asher. Asher is the person she trusts; the person gives her hope and who believes in her, makes her see and feel new things. Asher has a dark past; he too is a recovering addict, as their friendship deepens, as does their addiction for each other. They are drawn to each other and their connection is palpable.
“For the first time in my life, someone is really seeing me. They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul”
“I’m the fire, he’s the spark”
Reprieve was a not an easy read part were heavy and depressing at times, but that was to be expected due to the subject matter. The issues are real and are the reality of what real people are sadly going through. There is a lot of understanding, and compassion in this book. Nothing was sugar coated, and as I read the book, I hoped that Tegan could start to heal, and overcome her demons and find her way again.
“You need to beat this addiction because you have so much to show the world…and me”
A.E Woodward takes you on an emotional roller coaster you can’t escape from the writing was flawless and once you pick this book up you won’t want to put down until you've finished. I liked the ending, but I can’t help wonder if there will be more. Is Tegan and Asher's story over Mmmm I guess only A.E Woodward knows the answer to that ;)
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Main character Tegan felt everything so deeply, she was mostly shattered pieces and it was heartbreaking to read, the feeling she craved most was what only her addiction could bring her, a numbness, a high that consumed and for a while wiped the terrifying memories of her past. Reading about what happened to her, in her younger years, made me want to throw my kindle in anger, sadness and disgust. What she went through is something that no one ever should.
When Tegan meets Asher everything that helps her to forget changes, her addiction is no longer heroine, but the pure bliss of becoming so lost within someone that the adoration wipes all other thoughts from the mind. However love does not come without it's own downfalls, especially when it's with someone like Asher.
Although I could connect with Tegan, there was something about Asher that made him seem like he couldn't be trusted. Maybe it was the position he was in and because of the type of relationship he had with Tegan before it transformed into another or because their wasn't more dialogue to read between the two (a lot implied though so romance was believable), either way by the end of the book I still wasn't a fan of his. Though I'm sure other readers may feel differently.
Despite me not liking Asher, I still thought this book was very well written, with a great storyline and main character, Tegan, whom was very easy to empathize with. I will definitely continue to add future works by A.E Woodward to my reading lists.
This book is interesting in that for me, the romance was on the back burner. I think when you encounter a story like this, that's the way it needs to be. For it's really about her self discovery and road to personal redemption. Alternating chapters, we are taken from the present to the past, but not from the beginning. With each chapter that passes, we are going further and further into the past. As with 99% of addicts, there is always a reason, a catalyst to why they are the way they are. As as each page turned, I longed to find out what Tegan's was. It isn't hard to figure out, but what was shocking was the backstory behind it. You may or may not see it coming; I know I didn't. And when you do find out, wow, it just broke my heart, and I truly felt everything she was feeling in that moment. I raged with her, I felt hate with her, and I wanted to destroy anything in my path for her. I can't say with certainty that I would have handled the situation in the end like she did, but we'll just leave it at she showed way more restraint than I would have been able to. But it was her road to walk down, her forgiveness to give, and her growth that transpired.
If you watch a lot of TV or read like me, you know that one of the first rules in recovery is you aren't supposed to be in a relationship for the first year. This is for many reasons, but the biggest is that you have to concentrate all your time and energy on fixing yourself. If you allow yourself to fall into a romantic relationship, your addiction can transfer to that, and you can become dependent once again. What makes this story taboo is that the relationship Tegan enters into is with her drug counselor, which again, is not only a no-no, but highly unethical. She knows it. He knows it. But like two trains headed the opposite direction down the same track, they can't help but be drawn towards each other and collide. And while I fell in love with the idea of the two of them healing each other and helping each other, I just knew it wasn't the right time. I felt the dread deep in my gut and I know the outcome could and probably would be disastrous. Was it? Well, you will just have to find out for yourself.
But like I said in the beginning, for me, that wasn't what this story was about. I have been following and reading this author for a few years now and I can honestly say that with each story she pens, she just keeps getting better and better. I don't even need to read the synopsis; if I see a book with her name on it, it automatically gets bumped to the top of my TBR. She has a way of writing that makes you a character in her books, not just a bystander. You become a part of the story whether you want to or not and when the last page is turned you feel as if you have lost a little bit of yourself that you'll never get back. And I mean that in the best possible of ways! I highly recommend you give this story and this author a shot. You won't be disappointed!
No matter how hard I try, I don't think my review will do this book justice. It was absolutely good, A.E. Woodward went down a completely different road from her other books with this and I was no disappointed.
Straight away the story and the characters pull you in and leave you wanting more.
This is a love and dark story, no rainbows and sunshine. No, this a heartbreaking story with lots emotions and addictions. A story about two damaged people who feel that their damage is irreparable, until they cross paths and eventually discover that it's possible to heal and to find love. It was written beautifully and it was a unique story.
They are both have a scarred past, although in very different ways. Asher sets out to help heal Tegan and thinking he will do he's work and leave. Tegan is willing to let him help her get over her issues knowing that Asher will likely break her heart in the process.
The plot of this book was actually quite dark at a lot of points and it was about the two main characters coming to terms with what they had been through and learning how to open up and not keep everything inside!
This is definitely a must read!