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[REVIEW] Beginner’s Guide to Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes

This one’s for my old [STEM gurl from Science HS] life. 😉

Beginner’s Guide to Love and Other Chemical Reactions
By Six de los Reyes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Category: New Adult
Rating: 5/5

Blurb:

Falling in love is a chemical reaction.

Just ask Kaya Rubio, twenty-five year-old Molecular Genetics graduate student and research assistant. Fed up with her spinster aunts’ relentless reminders and unsolicited advice regarding her Single Since Birth status, she designs a scientific, evidence-based methodology to find her a suitable partner in time for her cousin’s wedding. As any good scientist knows, any valid experimental design requires a negative control. Enter the most unsuitable candidate for a potential boyfriend: the messy, easygoing, café owner Nero Sison. Her null hypothesis? Going out with Nero would establish her baseline data without catalyzing the chemical reaction she seeks.

But when Kaya’s recorded results refuse to make sense, she is forced to come to the conclusion that there are some things in life that are simply, by nature, irrational and illogical. And that sometimes, chemistry doesn’t always happen inside a lab.

Review

I’ve been meaning to read this one since Sounds Like Summer. The cover and the blurb were just instant wins for me. I mean, that minimalist blue cover with a test tube. Of course, it’s going to be about Science, my weakness. My love even when we did not exactly work out together.

And it lived up to my expectations! Granted, the start of the story needs a little getting used to. The pacing and the language of a scientific journal can be a little alienating. I get that the use of the clinical language could have been intentional, since Kaya is a scientist and this book is her headspace.

But power through it and you will be rewarded!

Characters

I am a little wary of falling in love with LIs lately. I want to firmly love the MCs first before loving the LIs. Maybe I just want to give more airtime to the female characters. I feel like I always owe them more time to gush over.

But then Nero happened. Nero, who was the perfect ideal guy for girls who refuse to face their emotions, for stubborn but passionate women bent on succeeding. And sigh, it’s hard to keep the love for LI from showing.

Six’s strength in her storytelling lies in the complexity of her characters. I love how dynamic everyone is, from Sounds Like Summer to Feels Like Summer. Her characters feel so real and the richness of the world building just follows.

I also love her way around steamy scenes. They are Really Fucking Steamy. I could feel how single I am with her stories. As in, I want a Nero to make out with, kind of awareness.

So yes, read this! Read this is if you’re a fan of Penny Reid. Science and romance can happen. There’s no binomial opposition here, only a union of two sets of amazing and awesome fields of passionate women.

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[REVIEW] Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas

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Waiting in the Wings
by Tara Frejas

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Romance / NA / Contemporary
Release Date: February 21, 2017

SYNOPSIS:

At twenty-three, theatre actress Erin Javier has yet to fall in love or kiss a boy offstage, away from the klieg lights. She is the perfect leading lady—whose heart men would fight for, win, and protect—unfortunately, only until the curtains fall and the lights go down. In real life, Erin is a certified NBSB whose heart has been hoping for a song to dance to for quite some time.

But when two (two!) men enter from stage left and right, Erin is confused. Who deserves to take center stage in her heart—Mr. Theatre Royalty whose attention and displays of affection make her pulse race, or a good friend whose steady support has helped steer her to success and fulfill her dream?

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BOOK REVIEW

Waiting in the Wings serves up HEA in spades. It’s a fun and happy read that packs a punch of happy feelings as things progress. Of course, along the way, I can’t say the same. One of the things floating in my head while reading it was, this is one character away from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and as messy (in love) as it.

One of the things I love about Waiting in the Wings is how we see both MC and LI struggling to find things in life: love and career, respectively. While there are books who treat the LI as human as the MC, a lot of books still set up the LI as a perfect piece of flesh, meant to be desired and admired throughout the text.

Waiting in the Wings brings a refreshing LI in Ramon Figueroa’s character. We rarely see an LI owning up to self-esteem issues that usually plague the MC, but here’s the thing: flaws create character and depth that makes your LI, or any character for that matter, more dynamic. Dynamic characters are always a good thing. It endears the readers to them and creates for a more complex book.

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I just love how we see Ramon try and build himself up. I especially love how the book portrays him as someone who would do things to better himself. We don’t see much of that in books. Ultimately, my reading of Waiting in the Wings is a coming-of-age of both main characters, overcoming obstacles and growing together. I especially love how they both figured out things for themselves together.

Erin Javier is the cutest character I have read so far. She is this cuddly ball of sunshine, and in Ramon’s words, people just can’t help but fall in love with her. And it’s true. At her very core, you know Erin just wants to help out. But for me, her character begins her development a little earlier than Ramon. With her conscious decision to wait in the wings (see what I did there?), to allow herself to experience the things she usually portrays on stage, seemed not quite an easy decision to make for someone as giving and kind as Erin.

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But, this kindness of her is also her character flaw. She tries so hard to be there for and to help Ramon but it does more harm than help. But you have to give it to her, her grand gesture was one of the most beautiful Grand Gestures I’ve ever read—realistic, not too gaudy, artistic, and fits their characters just right. I am so down with that kind of Grand Gesture.witw-quote3

Should I talk about Pio? Okay, I guess so. Pio Alvez is the foil to Ramon’s character: he is confident, his career is stable, and there is just a deep rooted sense of self with him. He is the obvious, no-brainer choice for Erin’s LI if you think about it logically. But Pio is also the shiny boy you’d just love to stare at. I feel like Pio could be a great character but this is not his book yet and he is emotionally unavailable for Erin. His schedule and all his rules (baggage, tbh) make him just unfit for this book. It’s not his turn to grow yet. He is a prime character for another MC, though, but not for Erin.

There are lots of reasons to read this book: the characters, the growth, the story. And to add more reasons, read it for the intertextual material. There are wonderful songs penned for this book that snatches my heart and I can only just imagine if they were really singing in real life for a stage adaptation. I can’t even wrap my head around writing songs, for me that’s such a big task. Like writing poetry.

I just love this book to pieces. Ramon is a great character to fall in love with, and yes, I really identify with Erin’s affectionate character (hehe). And hey, I just realized now how ripe Pio is for a celebrity romance story! Heh. I hope we see a sequel with Pio.

 

 

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REVIEW: Tara Frejas’s Scandalized

On my last review, I mentioned a genre/trope of romance novels I call as “rockstar romance.” Well, look no further for an example because Tara Frejas’s Scandalized is one very good example of the genre.

Fi Legaspi is living the dream of working in Seoul as a road manager for one of South Korea’s hottest bands, East Genesis Project. Until she isn’t.

When she finds herself in the middle of a scandal and a hostile fangirl witch hunt, Fi seeks the comfort of home, and to her surprise, not the person she had been pining for for years. All too suddenly it’s no longer her career on the line, but also her heart. Will she walk away from everything that matters to her or fight to keep her dream live.

Reading rockstar romances involving famous celebrities and a normal (civilian) main character affords us of certain fantasy that is almost akin to that of a princely type of character meeting a commoner. There is that sense of wonder that caused by the almost impossibility of it happening in real life. After all, do you get to see your celebrity crushes in real life and make them notice you romantically often?

Fresh, New Perspective

I am not sure if this is a reading quirk of mine, but I find books which bring new things to the proverbial table a lot more exciting.

I really love how creative authors can get when they work inside the formula of the genre. Granted that there really are beats that sound almost alike to each and every romance book, but they are all unique and have their own individuality in them that makes readers discern one book from another. Remember that Chinese proverb about a stream never being the same water you see when you touch it? I kind of see romance books like that as well.

In Scandalized, Frejas presented us a boyband that the South Korean audience, if not the world, loves to pieces. And yes, to have a great rockstar romance novel, of course, you have to have a musician or a band full of gorgeous men who the people love.

Then comes the main character. Usually, she is a person who has not heard of the band or not a fan. Maybe there is a humbling effect on the love interests that adds to the fantasy. A lot of books certainly think it’s effective.

And again, usually the main character and the rockstar realizes how they both grow and help each other overcome theirs. Crises. This development helps them fall in love with each other and thus, the Happily Ever After.

Frejas’s book shows Fi Legaspi, accomplished and independent woman, working abroad and interacting with the hottest boy band in South Korea like a friend. And while she maintains a great friendship with the boys, her proximity to them did not render her immune to their charms as she fell in love with bandleader Yihwan.

It would have followed the same outline as other rockstar romance books but it did not.

“You are all I can think of. You’re like… this persistent refrain I can’t get out of my head, and–”

“See that’s the thing. I never wanted to be a refrain in your head.” Her voice is laced with conviction as she speaks, but she’s blinking away tears.

“I wanted to be the song.”

Not only do we see a Filipina character interacting with the Kpop idols we keep on loving, but we also see a defiance of the genre that is welcome and effective.

At the risk of a minor spoiler, I have to say this: No matter how great to see Yihwan realize how wonderful a person Fi was, I love how the readers are treated to a chance that yes, maybe he is just in love with the concept of being in love and that in itself is more humbling than falling in love with a non-celebrity woman.

Bullying

The book, in its very core, discusses the ill effects of bullying. Cyberbullying, to be exact. There is a certain acceptance of this truth at the beginning of the book that creates a tension to the future events the book. Celebrities are never far-away from the public scrutiny as they are almost owned by the public. Without their fans, they don’t have a career.

But we cannot forget that they are humans, too. Like you and I, they have lives that are separate from their celebrity that a lot of people usually tend to forget. The distance afforded by the internet also gives more power to anonymous individuals to lord over the lives of these celebrities.

“You carry a truth in you. Feel free to burden everyone with it.”

I love how Frejas intricately weaved this sensitive topic to the story and created a seamless tapestry that refuses to be shove-on-your-throat didactic and presented the lesson to the reader more palatable. Ultimately, tackling pressing issues like these are the mark stones of really good romance novels: with the subversion of issues and the triumph of the female character.

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[REVIEW] Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

There’s something about Mariana Zapata books that always, always hooks me in. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels as if a huge chunk of their lives has been sucked in by her books after finishing them. Sometimes, it even feels like I’ve lived through her characters’ lives like I was her characters’ friend or family.

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Wait for It was a book that caught me off-guard, quite literally. One morning (just this Thursday) while I was preparing for work, I checked into Goodreads and stumbled upon a review of Wait for It. And as a huge fan of Mariana Zapata, I screamed and screamed about wtf why didn’t I know she has a new book??? It always feels like I exist in two modes: reading a Zapata book and eagerly awaiting for the next one. So this un-information felt like a betrayal—if not from me, then the world. (Hate you, world. Still.)

I should probably subscribe authors’ newsletters.

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough.

Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.

Except for a boyfriend.

Or a husband.

But who needs either one of those?

First Impressions

Surprisingly, Zapata’s new book veers away from the sports romance and rockstar romance genres. (Rockstar romance is, obviously, what I call romance books that feature singers, bands, and musicians. I’m sure you’ve encountered on or five of them and guiltily one-clicked new ones that keep on popping up all over the publishing world.)

I enjoyed Rhythm, Chord, and Malykin, but I’m trying to find in my brain what that book left in me and I can’t quite recall anything. I strongly feel that Zapata’s strengths lay in sports romances, like crowd favorites Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg. There’s something in the way Zapata writes sports that translates a world of balls I am not entirely familiar with into palatable and actually delicious bite-sized morsels you just can’t help but gobble it up. How she writes her stories is just really enchanting and magnetic that the readers quite easily lose themselves into the beat of the story. That’s why I love and enjoy reading her books.

 “We already had two soccer players in our extended family; we didn’t need another one.”

There’s a cute little quirk in each of Zapata’s books that, ugh, I just love so much, and that is how the characters of her previous books always get cameo roles in her new ones. On this book, Van and Aiden from The Wall of Winnipeg was featured a lot. The main character of Wait for It  was actually Van’s best friend Diana. Sal from Kulti also made an appearance with her husband, as Sal was Diana’s cousin. (See quote. Yup, that was Sal.)

Characters

“You didn’t know what love was until someone was willing to give up what they loved the most for you.

But it was also never letting them make that choice, either.”

Diana Casillas is a twenty-six year old single guardian of her two little nephews, trying to make adulthood work. She knows she has a lot on her plate but it doesn’t mean she’s going to give up anytime soon. Her character is really feisty and strong, but she knows when to back down from a fight. In fact, a huge part of the book revolves around the tension between wanting to stand up for herself and wanting to show her little nephews how to be good human beings.  Adulthood in essence, as the book kept on going, means finding the right balance between maturity and strength.

A lot of times Diana was pushed back by the judgement and general meanness of people around her for being Mexican and seemingly a single parent. But she always finds a single second to think about the implication of her reaction and action to her nephews. She’s no longer living for her own self anymore; she has Josh and Louie to think about. Being answerable to the welfare of two impressionable children when they are not even your own is a huge responsibility and this aspect of the real world is seldom portrayed in literature. This slice of life hits a little closer to reality and the high possibility of this story occurring in real life adds an extra layer of gravity that mixes really well with the fantasy that every romance novel brings.

The Verdict

“All I could think about as I stood there was that sometimes life gave you a tragedy that burned everything you knew to the ground and changed you completely. But somehow, if you really wanted to, you could learn how to hold your breath as you made your way through the smoke left in its wake, and you could keep going. And sometimes, sometimes, you could grow something beautiful from the ashes that were left behind. If you were lucky.”

I was a little miffed after finishing the book because it felt like the romance between Diana and her love interest, Dallas, fell a little short. There is this thing in romance novels where the main character and the love interest fails to get together due to circumstances and we call this “the point of ritual death.” Usually, this point is where our hearts are shredded by how mean the world could be and why can’t my OTP just get together! gets screamed at. This point is usually after the main character and the love interest first get together romantically. Maybe after kissing for the first time, but definitely after acknowledging the blossoming love between them.

Interestingly, the book doesn’t have this little dip in the story. A good amount of the book covers how Diana and Dallas trying not to be together. Once they did, the story also began to wrap up the story. As I was starting this review, ideas kept churning in my brain, and I realized, their love story is not the main point of the book. This, ultimately, like any good romance novel, is about Diana, the female character, and her journey to finding herself and overcoming her conflicts. The book spends a lot of time with Diana trying to deal with her raising her nephews, their move, and trying to get a good balance between living her life and her responsibilities.

A lot of issues were touched upon by this book and some were really explored and exposed some ugly truths to the world. Alongside the female character’s development was the love story. It wasn’t incidental, but again, the triumph of Diana was not in winning Dallas, but in accepting the lot she was given by the world. Her triumph was succeeding in her role as a guardian to her two little nephews and realizing that it’s fine to accept help from others, and healing takes different paths and forms.

This long journey of the female character to acceptance and triumph, really, is what makes Zapata’s book stand out and mark in her reader’s heart. There was never a Zapata book that seemingly took a short path. They are always long and this length allows the readers to fully immerse themselves into the story. The journey does not also take a familiar path; it always blazes a trail that was altogether new and different but still manage to present a familiar beat that the readers can easily recognize and identify with. Wait for It may not have been as sensational as Kulti and Winnipeg but it made its own place in the shelves, and this may have been one of my Zapata favorites.

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REVIEW: The Mason List by S.D. Hendrickson

Guys. GUYS. If you haven’t picked up this book, then you better do something about it and READ IT NOW!!!

Okay, I just… I am really just at that point of post-reading where I am reduced into a ball of feels and I just really love how this book turned out! I love it! So much! When it said in the blurb epic love? Yeah. Fucking believe. This book is the fucking definition of it. I can feel it in the very core of my soul and I feel like I have been conned to invest on a fucking rollercoaster ride, please give me back my heart~

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So I can’t remember how I actually discovered this book. But what I do know is that I have never been so thankful I stumbled upon this book. It actually makes me excited to share what I read about this book, especially since it’s a debut book, and it’s SUPER FUCKING FANTASTIC!

Blurb:

Today, 8:15 p.m.
I hurt. I hurt so deeply, I felt the pain searing in my bones and jabbing like a hot poker into my heart. I knew nothing would make it better as the memories pulled from the crevices of my mind, detailing the bad and the ugly, filling my thoughts with regret as I slipped into the darkness. . .

When I was eight, my mother was dying of cancer, my father lost his job, and the bank kicked us out of our house. I was forced to move to the strange town of Arlis, Texas where my father and I slept in our car in the hospital parking lot. Desperate and hopeless, we lived on fumes of our former life.

Then one night, everything changed forever. A knock on the car window brought a family into my life that I only wanted to shut out. I hated charity and I hated the Masons. Well, except one. He made it impossible to hate him.

Jess Mason had the biggest blue eyes and ornery smile of any boy I had ever seen. He was a ray of sunshine in my dark world. A boy full of adventure, dragging me across the meadow of Sprayberry Ranch; a beautiful Texas paradise full of horses and tree houses that got us into more trouble than anyone ever imagined.

Jess was my everything as a kid until we grew up and the rules changed. Instead of living happily ever after with a boy full of love. . . I destroyed it.
– Alex Tanner

 

The thing is, you shouldn’t take this book lightly. While the trope of childhood friends may have been approached as fun and fluffy in most books, this book? It holds no bars in hitting every soft spot you may ever have in your soul.

Growing up, Alex had a pretty good family, believing that her mother was an angel, and that they are living in a fairy tale. It was really, really good. And then things took for the worse, her mother suddenly faces ovarian cancer on its terminal stage. The battle with the illness dragged on and on until literally nothing was left to Alex’s family.

This part really got to me. I swear. Reading this with a perspective of a person coming from a third-world country who experienced poverty first-hand? It’s like splitting open my gut, and prodding the warm and bleeding vault of the past that seemed too real to be true, to be faced at such a young age. That’s what is even more painful. At eight, Alex was robbed off the chance to be a kid, and was forced to accept the things that are happening around her. Combined with her mother – her lovely, angelic mother – who by then was just a whisper of who she had been, the reality of the world was just imposed upon her, shattering her fairy tale life into smithereens.

And then came the Masons. Dr. Mason was the attending physician of Alex’s dying mother.  By then, Alex and her father had already been reduced into living in their own car at the hospice’s parking lot for a whole month – July in Texas. Dr. Mason offered them a room in the hospital, and along with his wife, the Mason’s gave them food, and eventually helped out as much as giving them a place to stay and even livelihood. In the truest sense of the word, the Mason’s saved Alex’s family.

Jess Mason was the son of Dr Mason. And while his mother was helping out by giving food and clothing to Alex and her father, Jess gave back the childhood that Alex was missing out on. From then on, it forged a bond between Jess and Alex that will only go stronger in time.

The thing about this book is that the readers are granted front-row seats as to how Jess and Alex found each other, how they grew on each other, how they fought for and against each. Basically, it’s like watching your kids grow up, and who cannot feel attached to that kind of exposure?

The way the book was written was also very effective in capturing the hearts of the readers. It didn’t read like a debut book, to be honest. If this is a debut book, then I am very, very much afraid what a second or third or fourth would to my heart and soul. There is that sense of familiarity with words and really well-planned and well-built world that solidifies the foundation of the book in every step of the story.

Aside from watching these two people grow, there is also a sense of adventure that hooks the readers into reading more. Interspersed by chapters that are obviously glimpse into the future, it grips the readers into the flow of the story and how everything would fall into that place in the future. And when you did get to the point where the past and future converges, your heart is just ripped out of your chest in the most shocking and gruesome manner.

The thing is, you do not write a fucking big scene like you are just casually mentioning the color of the mane of a horse, because it KILLS THE READERS, OKAY. Let’s not make it a habit of pulling a Finnick Odair in every book.  (Readers, now you get an idea of what I’m talking about. Or maybe, the gravity of this turnaround.)

I am reminded actually of the book One Day by David Nicholls, by the sense of the book and the format of the story-telling. Also, it also has that seem unassuming feel of a Nicholas Sparks book, but only like 50x more intense and better.

 

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REVIEW: Kaleidoscope Hearts

This isn’t the type of book you read when you’re trying to get over your One Great Love. Just sayin’

Idk guys, but I think we should have more books written for this trope. Seriously. I had a lot of fun reading this book!

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(Inside Joke: My friend and I joked around that the author was our lovechild, and how we’re proud of her ‘coz she’s now a published author while we, her parents, are still struggling in college. Hahahaha)

So, Oliver and Elle has that once-in-a-lifetime kind of love. Theirs are the stuff that gets songs and books written for. Their love is an altogether different character here in this book, and I think, that is what we’ve been missing out on for most books.

Oliver is Elle’s brother’s bestfriend. For years in their adolescence, growing up years, they had this illicit affair that went out when Oliver decided to move, leaving Elle and their love in Santa Barbara. A year later, Oliver learns that Elle has become engaged to an artsy person, Wyatt. The story when Wyatt has met an untimely death, leaving Elle, once again, with a broken heart.

To be honest, I did not like Elle as a character. Of course, this includes her job as the narrator. More often, I picture her as a bland character. She doesn’t really have much personality aside from her guilt and loneliness, and those are really not enough to be a character’s… well, character. It feels like she’s trapped by these things into this shell of a 2D character, and I just really can’t picture her out as alive. I almost put down the book because of her.

But, while Elle is not a really great character, her love for Oliver and their chemistry really made up for this flaw. Really, this love they have for one another is just another character entirely for this book. I really mean what I said on the second paragraph. It really is a big thing, big enough for the readers to feel it grow and take the shape of an elephant in a small room. You just cannot keep it contained.

Some might argue that, well, that is how love stories are supposed to be, right? Well, not all romance books can pull that off. Most romance books invest so much on things that compromises the chemistry of their characters. It takes a really good, well-thought out plot to pull this off. It’s difficult to create a girl and a boy, and it’s even more difficult to convince readers they love each other. Imagine how difficult it is to write a love that will never die, a love that consumes two people – to their advantage or not, an immortal kind of love.

Oliver is a great character. He’s just this shiny, really attractive, really alive and colorful character since the start of the novel, and wow. He’s the reason why I could stick it out ’till the end. Actually, everyone else is colorful and interesting. Like, really interesting and alive. I know I’d love a book about Jenson and Mia because, damn. That kind of chemistry and past, you cannot not write a book about it.

Another thing that I was kind of disappointed in this book was idk I expected it to be a lot more angsty than it was. It could have been better with a few more obstacles. But it’s a good read, all in all.

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Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

I feel like everything Tarryn Fisher writes is heavy as fuck. Seriously.

When Hazel Anne told me that this book was given polarized reviews, I thought to myself,”Whaaaaaat? How could anyone not love T.F.’s works?? Maybe people who doesn’t like catharsis. Or idk.”

But I think I get why people would not like this book.

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Mud Vein is all about two people who were just in the right place in the right time, an act of serendipity, really. Senna Richards is as broken as one could get. I think 87% of the time, I was trying so hard to connect with her brokenness but I just couldn’t and not because she is very unlikeable or a weak character. She is broken. BROKEN. I don’t think she was made in such a way that her level of brokenness is easy to relate with. And Isaac Asterholder is a doctor through and through: wanting to fix and save people. Isaac, I think, is set to balance Senna’s heaviness, but still carries the same brand of darkness in him. 

This book is really, really heavy on the psychological tests. It’s so dark and gritty and I feel like Tarryn wrote this as an exploration of the darkness of the human mind: how far a person can push away emotions and really, really push it away.

I’ve rea a few psychologically-testy books, you know, similar characters who shut off their emotions, but I’ve never really read anything that made me understand WHY they resort to such extreme coping mechanisms. Mud Vein was a difficult read. Senna was a difficult character, but her complexity is admirable. I just cannot imagine how Tarryn managed to write such a beautifully dark, complex and broken character. I know I wouldn’t sustain the amount of sheer effort to create such a character.

To be honest, I think this is one of Tarryn’s best books. I just love how she writes in a no-holds-barred kind of way, like if she’s going to make you feel emotions, you are going to drown on them. I just finished reading it and I can still feel the dark, dark pit in my stomach on just how dark this fucking book is. 

More importantly, Tarryn still writes as beautifully as ever. Just reading her word, the way she presents the story, is an English Language major’s pleasure. There are just so many paragraphs and quotable quotes all throughout the book (that I cannot show you all because my internet was sucky while I was reading it and ugh.)

Okay, this one I really love (and there are tons more in the book!)

Being stuck on love was a real bitch to cure. Like cancer, I think. Just when you think you’re over it, it comes back.