Review Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Review Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Synopsis: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genres: Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance
My thoughts:
“You only get one life. It's actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
Three words: read this book.
I don't think there are proper words to conjure exactly what I felt while reading Me Before You. It's that sensation when you're crying with big fat ugly tears and someone makes you laugh and then you cry harder. It's that awful feeling that something bad is approaching, yet you take pleasure in the precious moments before the imminent collision. It's that overwhelming tendency to close the damn book and save yourself a load of sobbing, but coupled with an obsessive need to see how it all ends. Me Before You temporarily messed up my life and I'm eternally grateful for it.
Meet Lou Clark, twenty-six-years old unemployed small town girl content with her simple existence. She's got to be one of the most lovable characters I've ever encountered. Witty, humble and determined, she's got some spunk in her, although she's not frontpage material for a successful life. A bit childish on the edges, enough to paint her in a cute light, Lou resembled a beautiful, rare bird trapped in a gilded cage without her knowing it. But one six-month job contract as a carer for a quadriplegic changes the way she views the world.
“I know this isn’t a conventional love story. I know there are all sorts of reasons I shouldn’t even be saying what I am. But I love you. I do.”
Meet Will Traynor, a 35 year old intelligent, funny and rich English man. He also happens to be confined to a wheelchair since a motorcycle accident shattered his life two years ago. Some might argue that he's weak, but I beg to differ. The strength with which he continued to stubbornly make sarcastic jokes, cultural inquiries and sometimes behave like a gentleman was astounding. If I were him, I would've cried 24/7 and succumbed to a bottomless depression.
Because, you see, he cannot move his arms nor legs. He's stuck in that chair and everybody but himself is making decisions regarding his future, because he's been stripped bare of free-will by that fateful accident. He loved nature and skiing and swimming and running and climbing and everything in between and he's suddenly not able to do those anymore. He was CEO at a powerful company, calling the shots, having a beautiful girlfriend and friends. And now Will Traynor is living his own version of hell, by masking those crushed dreams of freedom and hopeless despair with mood swings and funny comebacks, always in the shadow of possible infection and constantly having to bare incredible pain. Life, as the utter bitch she can be, slowly and ironically drained him of life.

“I just … want to be a man who has been to a concert with a girl in a red dress. Just for a few minutes more.”
The relationship between these two characters was baby-steps based. There was hatred and mutual contempt. Then there was a sweet, heartwarming friendship. And finally there was such a delicate, bittersweet romance. But this development wasn't actually the thing that mattered the most. That one was the individual development they triggered in each other. Lou ensured Will an unexpected amount of happiness and joy, but Will spread her wings and taught her how to fly. He inspired her dreams, he became that push for extraordinary that no one else imprinted and he became a role model. From books and movies, to more in depth topics as career and life itself, Will opened her eyes to a whole other bunch of infinite possibilities and the process was oh so beautiful and magical.
“You are scored on my heart, Clark”
I need to mention some secondary characters, but only those that deserve recognition. Lou's family was a marvelous example of simplicity, but they were bursting with life. I loved the dynamics, the utter understanding and the glorious support everyone offered each other. They're by no means the perfect family, but they love each other unconditionally and that's what makes them remarkable. Katrina was a pleasant surprise, their Mother was pretty much the adorable mother-hen and their father was the absolute best thing ever. Seriously, that man has to win "Best Fictional Dad" immediately.
“Jesus Christ,’ said my father. ‘Can you imagine? If it wasn’t punishment enough ending up in a ruddy wheelchair, then you get our Lou turning up to keep you company.”
Nathan was another glorious character that delivered some much-needed realism (although sometimes crushing) into Lou's idealist ideas. I'm glad they developed a friendship, but that they also united fronts for Will's well-being.
Camilla Traynor was another favorite of mine. I can't imagine how painful it must be to see your child live this tragic attempt at life. I'm not saying that her cold demeanor is truly okay, but I'm also not blaming her for coping in her own way. There was one scene in particular (the one at the airport for those who've read the book) that broke my heart for her. Add it to the chapter where the author granted us insight into her thoughts and you can basically call me her fan. She's polite, posh and unreadable, but in the end she's only a suffering mother.
The end of this book gutted me. I was expecting it from miles away, but it sure didn't lessen the overall impact. Tears pretty much made themselves at home on my cheeks, but I was surprisingly content. I understood why everything happened the way it did, I understood the reasons that drove our characters. That didn't deter me from coursing the unfairness of life and how it could be a total bitch, of course. Long story short, besides of a (realistic) miracle that is currently impossible, this ending, although bittersweet, was the best way to give this story closure. I haven't read other reviews yet so I don't know if the masses have the same opinion, but I admire Jojo Moyes for having the guts to write such a realistic, powerful and deeply touching ending. 

“Be with me. Give me the end I'm hoping for.”
Me Before You is the perfect read for a rainy summer day. This book is so sad, yet so full of life. Uplifting and soul-wrenching at the same time, I consider its message, its very essence, the most important aspect of the novel: that life is great as long as you get to live it on your own terms and that, at the end of the day, it's okay to put your own happiness on the first place. It's okay to put yourself before others. And for that lesson, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, Will Traynor.
Now everyone go read this book so that we can gush over how Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke are the perfect choices for the movie cast. *cue endless sobbing*

“Push yourself. Don't Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
ENJOY! <3

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INEVITABLE
Author: CA Harms
Series: The Key West Series #2 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Harper Jameson, had built the necessary walls to keep her heart safe.

Never again would she allow herself to become weak and vulnerable.

Confident and full of attitude.

A mask she wore than many fell for...

Except Easton Black.

He was equally confident, cocky and knew what he wanted.

Determined.

Things he wanted rarely escaped his grasp.

He was immune to the facade Harper had created.

She was intriguing.

It was Inevitable and Harper could sense that there was no way out.

Easton Black would no doubt be the man that could change everything.

People aren't always as strong as they appear to be on the outside...



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~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~
CA Harms
C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.

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Others of Seattle – Box Set 1
Author: Brandy L Rivers
Genre: Paranormal Romance
– Blurb –
✦ Nights Embrace ✦
It all started with a song.

Roxy was instantly captivated by his voice.

Trevor couldn't stay away, despite fearing his reality would scare her away.

Everything is about to change. Roxy will learn there's a whole world she's only dreamed of.

Can they survive an age old vendetta? Will love prevail? Or will the truth be too much for Roxy?

✦ Storm Mistress ✦
Nothing is as it seems.

Everything Isadora wants is right in front of her. But as her best friend, Toryn is off-limits.

Toryn has a long past full of secrets. Until the truth comes out, she can't know how he really feels.

When she's attacked by her own kind the old rules no longer apply.

After a decade of misdirection and omissions, can Isa still trust Toryn’s only goal is to protect her?

✦ Accepting Fate ✦
Accept fate, or it destroys you...

Michael Nights hides his true nature. His first love, Amanda, convinced him he was a monster when she left.

Gwen Fate takes one look at Mike and is captivated. She wants to know all his secrets.

Amanda deLuna has changed, but was it for the better? She can offer Mike what he always wanted.

Mike will have to choose, the life he wished for? Or his fate?

✦ Red Queen ✦
Joey Mullins is the man who got away. Desire will stop at nothing to get the werewolf back in her bed.

When Joey learns Red Queen is playing at the same music festival he goes on high alert. He has no doubt an old flame is out for Sorcha’s blood.

Sorcha has seen Desire use dark magic to manipulate Joey against his will. That doesn’t scare her. She’s willing to fight dirty to keep her man.



~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brandy L Rivers ~
I've always loved books, especially about monsters and magic, so I started writing. I'm working on a prequel and the next few books in the Others of Edenton series, and I have a head full of stories to share.

I'm a stay at home mother with a wonderful husband who lets me write and write to my hearts content.

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Better World (Legacy Code Prequel)Better World by Autumn Kalquist
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

"What if quitting was the only escape?"

Ok, so i'm not sure what my feelings are regarding this book.. I'm a little confuse; i think more than a little. And maybe, because there are so many books and short storys connected to this series, that i don't know how to associate them with the original story, i mean the first book. There are so many characters, and the story line is similar but different at the same time.

So this book, aparently, it's two years before the Paragon story, the first book in this series. For me, honestly, it wasen't necessary. I didn't need it, i didn't have questions that were needed to be answered. So, i don't see the point of this short story. The only short series that i need, and i think that ansewer to all the questions i have, and others that have read this series, is DEFECT.
It was a little hard for me to connect with it because i kinda forgot the details about first novel, and the name of the characters. But, i finally caught up.
It wasn't a bad story, but it was not my favorite. I don't know... For me - to many details, tehnical details. And being so short i thought that it will be more about the characters and not so much about the world. And i still didn't get the ending. Like i sad, so confusing.

The only part that i liked was that not typical love story that i read about it so far. *And i know i have to read more of those storys. Hope, very soon* That is the only reason why i'm giving this book 2 stars.
My opinion?! It will be better if the author would stay focused on the original story, and not on the short novels. I mean, there are so many of those... i don't need them, i need the real story, the volume 3 of the Legacy Code.

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CHANGE REIN
Author: Anne Jolin
Series: Willow Bay Stables #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance & Sports Equestrian Romance
~ SYNOPSIS ~
London Daniels is returning home to Willow Bay, Alberta, on the heels of a televised loss. She blew her shot at the Summer Olympics and cost Canada the gold medal in dressage. 

During her years of training abroad, her family's stable has fallen on hard times, and thus, they’ve accepted an offer to board the racehorses of Branson Tucker, the infamous tycoon, for the winter.

London lacks conviction after her ill-fated fall. And as if returning to her hometown to watch her epic failure replay on everyone's big screen isn't torture enough, she’s expected to cater to a man with an ego bigger than her hundred-acre farm just to earn a dime.

Is London saddling up for another ride that will leave both her heart and her ass in the dirt? Or could the handsome, unwanted guest at Willow Bay Stables be her second chance to go for gold?



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After helping her up onto the tailgate, I grab the wine and two glasses. When I join her in the bed of the truck, I pour us each a cup and then lift my glass up to hers for a toast.

“Here’s to first dates.”

After clinking her cup with mine, she takes a delicate sip, and the rumble in my chest comes unexpectedly as she swallows the wine.

As if on cue, the radio changes, and the first twangs of Jackson Young’s “If It Ain’t Too Much To Ask” drift out across the lake.

After we set our cups down on the edge of the truck bed, her arms wrap around my neck. My palm splays over her lower back as I tuck the sweetness of her body against mine.

“You makin’ it a habit of wooing me with your dancin’ skills, cowboy?” She laughs, and the way it mixes with the song has to be the most heavenly thing I’ve ever heard.

My cheek brushes hers as we dance closer. “That depends.”

“On?” Her breath whispers against my ear.

“If it’s working or not.”

She laughs again, and with God as my witness, I’m a lucky bastard to be holding her right now. “It might be,” she teases.

Her body was made for mine. Pressed together, we’re even more perfect. Strawberry wine dousing our inhibitions in wild desire.

The chorus to the song is coming up, and knowing I don’t suck at least half as much as she does, I sing softly into her ear, albeit still out of tune. She joins me, singing adorably off tune into my ear. “I know it ain’t an easy life, people can tell you that”—She hums along, folding her body closer around mine—“but to ask for a little bit, just a little bit back, If it ain’t too much to ask..”

“If it ain’t too much to ask,” her voice sings adorably off tune into my ear.

I chuckle, and she reaches down to elbow me in the side before her eyes find mine once again.

“If it ain’t too much to ask, cowboy…I could really go for that kiss right about now.” She tries to sing along with the song, but by adding her own words, she fails miserably.

But it’s the thought that counts.

Do I hate that she felt she had to ask for it? Bet your ass I do. Will it stop me from giving her what she wants? Not a chance in hell.

Tipping my invisible cowboy hat towards her with one hand, I put the other in the hair at the base of her neck. “Nothing you ask will ever be too much, London.” With that, I give in to the greatest temptation I’ve ever had and every desire I’ve ever dreamed of.

It’s only with unique restraint that I’m able to keep my lips from fully crashing down onto hers. Instead, I take her softly, certain I’ve died and gone to heaven at the first taste of her. When she whimpers, the greed in me takes the opportunity to slip my tongue into her mouth, claiming all she’ll give me. Her hands pull at the base of my neck, desperate to have me closer as the heat in our kiss grows deeper as the song comes to a close.

After breaking apart, I rest my forehead on hers, running my thumb across her bottom lip. Then I sing the very last line, holding her close.

I kissed the prettiest girl I’ve every laid eyes on while dancing on the tailgate of my truck in the middle of nowhere, and it was the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

Guaranteed.

~ PLAYLIST ~
If It Ain’t Too Much To Ask – Jackson Young

Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

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Review Never Never: Part 2 by Colleen Hover & Tarryn Fisher


Synopsis: “Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can't imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance
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My thoughts:
I always get surprised when someone says they didn't know there was a sequel in the works for a certain book or the fact that they didn't know how many installments a series has. That never happened to me, because Goodreads and I are basically BFFs.
Until now, of course. And what a perfect timing for it to happen! Nahhh, it couldn't have been when I would like a gorgeous book to have a follow-up. No, no, that would've been a blasphemy. It just had to happen when I expected closure and a reasonable explanation for the previous book.
There's a part 3, people. There's a part 3. And the fact that I read this second novella without knowing that little, small and incredibly IMPORTANT detail, pretty much ensured I would be drowned in a sea of shock, frustration and anger once I read the glorious words "To be continued".
I don't really know what to say about the plot, because there's barely been any development. There were two things I liked: Silas' letters and Landon's involvement (the guy's reaction is truly awesome). Besides that, the book was a dozen shades of meh compared to the first one. I'm not saying Never Never was extraordinary (because it was a far cry from that), but it surely topped this pathetic attempt at a continuation.
And that was another thing: we spend more time in the past reading letters and notes instead of putting the tasks at hand into motion. Sure, from Silas' point of view, he needs a way to grasp the basic notions of his own life and the best (and only) way to do that is to take a ride down memory lane with their help. But from the readers' point of view, from my point of view, that option was a ticket for boredom land and the unknown stopped being mysterious and slowly became infuriatingly tiring.
That's the thing with the amnesia concept being played out too many times -- it's fun once but while the characters try to find out the same info every time it happens, the readers are already aware of it, creating a discrepancy that threatens the initial excitement.
Don't expect a sudden revelation for why the events from the first book took place. Don't expect more details about their situation. Don't expect much of anything, really. I guess that was actually my mistake -- the fact that I had expectations. If it's possible, add even more strange things (the shrimp, the voodoo witch) that will leave you in a daze. I was totally dumbfounded after I finished reading it.
It pains me to say this, but I think Colleen and Tarryn do a better job by writing separately. I know what their minds are capable of creating and Never Never, although imaginative to no end, is so far from their extraordinary previous works. But who knows? Maybe they'll make my jaw drop in the third part (that hopefully it's also the last), because I will definitely read it regardless of these bumps I keep hitting with the story. I mean seriously, I'd become insane if after all this trouble and waiting I wouldn't find out some answers in the end.
But hell hath no fury like Andreea tricked into believing there's actually an explanation, so there better be one.
I'd say wait for the next part to come out before picking this up. That way, even if you're not satisfied with the story being dragged so much, you'll have the next one close by. If you haven't started Never Never at all, run to the library to pick the authors' individual books or if you reallyyyy want to read this one, wait till all parts have been published. I can't guarantee you'll enjoy it, since I'm pretty iffy about it myself, but it's a curious concoction of mystery, intrigue, secrets, love that appeals to certain people. Perhaps you'll be among them.
ENJOY! <3