This is probably one of the hardest reviews I have had to write. I don’t even really know where to start.

First off I guess I should say I LOVE Sierra Hill. I was so enamoured by the first book in this series so I immediately started stalking her. Her writing is flawless and I connect with it so deeply I hang on every word so of course as soon as I got the opportunity to read this book I had to take it. However, it just so happened that while reading this book my husband and son were travelling interstate for our biggest basketball tournament so naturally this hit even closer to home than normal.

Now in the interest of not putting in any spoilers I am not going to go into any details about the story so I will simply try to explain my feels. 

For the first half of this book I didn’t think I was going to be able to finish it. It hit so many of my hot buttons, it was told in alternating points of view with flashes to the past so it came out in bits and pieces as to what had happened and how it had been dealt with so I had all these ideas about what I thought had happened and who was to blame for how they had gotten to where they were at now.

Then as I got further into the story and watched it play out I found all my ideas were wrong but I still couldn’t shake a few of my issues. But I have to acknowledge they are MY issues. And despite the issues I still couldn’t put the book down. And I spent a hell of a lot of time in tears wanting everything to play out perfectly and end up all tied in a nice sweet little bow.

Which I kinda got but it didn’t happen how I thought it would and I really would have liked to see more of them together. The epilogue was awesome and I really loved it but I personally just wanted a whole heap more of the happily ever after, after living through all of the heartbreak they had gone through.

So how do I rate a book that had my stomach in knots and a sick taste in my mouth for half of the story, that had me cry like a baby and kept me flipping pages frantically? I don’t know how to separate the fact that parts of the theme were sensitive topics to me that made me uncomfortable. But on the other hand I loved the writing and I enjoyed the rest of the story. Honestly I think the story will stay with me for a while so I think maybe for now it’s a four star read. Maybe at another time it would be a three star and at yet another time a five star read so for today it’s a very solid 4.

Would I recommend it? Yes, but with warnings. Yes, it can be read as a stand-alone but since the first book is my favourite of the three I would highly recommend reading that one first. See my reviews for them here
http://www.readersretreats.com/2016/08/sweetness-sweetest-thing-1-by-sierra.html
http://www.readersretreats.com/2016/10/sweet-girl-sweetest-thing-2-by-sierra.html

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