Posted in Family, New Adult, Romance, YA

Wide Awake – Shelly Crane

15810336Synopsis

A girl.
A coma.
A life she can’t remember.

When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she’s been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can’t remember them. She can’t remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can’t remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the ‘old her’ makes her start to wish she’d never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he’s dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.

Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

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My Review

When Emma Walker wakes up in hospital she is more than confused. She has no idea where she is, how she got there but more importantly who the strangers are that are telling her they are her parents. She’s been in a coma for six months and now she can’t remember anyone.

Her parents want her to pick up from where she left off, her boyfriend wants the old her back and her friends want their leader back. But how can she be all this when she doesn’t know who she is?

But then a hazel eyed guy in the name of Mason, her physical therapist seems to be the only person who isn’t pushing her to remember her old life, he treats her with kindness and patience and Emma feels he is the only one who understand her. She begins to develop feelings for him but he needs to stay away to save his job at the hospital and Emma is determined to work her butt off to graduate with her ‘friends’. But what will happen when she leaves hospital and is no longer a patient?

Firstly, I have to say I love books that include coma patients who lose their memory and really are starting over again. I know I sound creepy, but there is something about them I love. Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite books and Wide Awake reminded me a bit of that, I think that’s why I knew I had to download this book too! Not just because the synopsis drew me in, but because of the journey of beginning again, finding who you truly are.

It was the first book I had read by Shelly Crane and it won’t be the last. I couldn’t stop reading Wide Awake and I did sing along to the song by Katy Perry a fair few times too! I read it on the train to work, thought about it throughout my shift then read it home and well into the night. I loved both Mason and Emma and I just needed to know what was going to happen, if she would remember her old life, about Mason’s life and along the way there were some shockers for me. Especially near the end with the ex-boyfriend. Yeah, I wasn’t expecting that to happen. But really, I whizzed through the books, only putting it down for my shift at work.

I pretty much loved Emma. Although she didn’t have a clue who she was, who her family and friends were or anything to do with her ‘old’ life, not even recognizing herself until she looked in a mirror, and it scared her, she was so determined in her life to graduate, to find herself, now that she didn’t know about herself but also determined to be anyone other than who she used to be once she got a glimpse into her own life back at school where she used to be a spoilt brat who was top of the food chain along with her ‘boyfriend’. It was nice to see that she just didn’t want to be that person anymore and couldn’t believe it was her for so many years.

She grows up a lot in this book, I suppose as you would do if you couldn’t remember anything at all. Although it’s a scary prospect and her friends and family weren’t exactly supportive as they wanted the old her back, she had Mason to lean on when everyone was telling her to try and be the old her, she brushed them aside and focused on herself, on learning to be her true self, not the old her. She definitely grasped at having a second chance at life and put everything in her past – like her friends – in the backburner, knowing that she would never want to be like them and wondering how she ever was. She was such a strong character, I admired that about her.

I adored Mason. My tattooed sweetheart, he was simply amazing, yet also harbouring some secrets away – secrets that tore at his heart and mine, because everything he was doing, it was for his family. You’ll understand when you read it. He’s one of the good guys and I could totally see why Emma fell for him. He was always there for her, helping her through her physiotherapy sessions, so proud of her for pushing through the pain and learning to walk again and the flirty banter between them was brilliant! Everything he and Emma had been through, alone and together, well, it only made them stronger. I loved that Mason told her he would wait for her and that’s exactly what he did. He really was a great guy and he was perfect for Emma, they both were together. It was also great to see a vulnerable side to Mason, a side that he has shielded away for so long, so when Emma came alone, told he she wasn’t leaving, I think it was great to see his reaction, to know that someone was there for him, as he was for them too.

I normally tell you my favourite scene, but I really don’t want to spoil it for you because although it’s a shorter book, there is a lot packed into it that you have to read by yourself without me telling you what is going to happen. But take a chance on this book, it’s awesome.

I definitely recommend it. I’ve already told you I like books like this so of course, I was going to love Wide Awake. It really is a journey, for everyone really, in the book, from Emma, to Mason, to her parents and friends. Everyone goes through something and has their life changed by the accident. It’s beautiful, it’s a breath of fresh air and you all should read it, you will instantly fall in love with Mason and root and be so proud of Emma!!

Posted in Romance

Love Unfinished – Darian Wilk

Synopsis

Soul mates from the past leave their love unfinished when a tragic accident ends their lives on their wedding day. Yet they are destined to meet again to fulfill that love in new incarnations, leading vastly different lives.

Emma thought she chose the right path in life, but too late does she realize her mistake when her husband reveals the monster behind the smile. Their happily ever after – is a lie. Trapped in a broken marriage to a powerful, abusive man, Emma knows this is not the life she was meant to live. As her hope for real love withers, she meets James, her love from a lifetime ago.

Emma cannot deny the connection pulling them together, but her courage to abandon her marriage wavers, and unknowingly puts her life on the line. Are Emma and James fated to fulfill their love, or will they once again, leave love unfinished?

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My Review

“Everyone should be so lucky to marry their soul mate”

Love Unfinished starts with Carol and Ted, who later become Emma and James. It starts with the year 1946, when the two had just met, and then skips to 1954, 8 years later to their wedding, which is where everything goes wrong and they are fatally killed on the way to their wedding reception.

Carol and Ted are both sent to different ‘waiting rooms’, separated, awaiting to fulfill their soul’s destiny, where is how they both end up as Emma and James, put back on earth to find each other and finish their lives together.

Fast forward to 1992, and Emma has been married for 8 years to a guy called Craig. You can tell she’s not happy – her marriage is more like a business partnership and Emma just wants marriage filled of love, not one where they act like strangers. Craig is a manipulative, emotionally and physically abusive bully and I actually really disliked him from the start. All he’s worried about is his reputation, and uses Emma to get him where he wants to be making her a puppet of everything she doesn’t want to be.

The first time Emma meets James, she feels this attraction to him and its like she’s met him before then the second time they meet, they dance and it’s like love at first sight but when she mentions who she is, he walk away and she hasn’t seen him since – she feels her marriage is a burden because she feels something with James and she has just lost him before getting to know him.

I loved the friendship with her rich friend Olivia. Olivia looked out for Emma, wanting and waiting patiently for ‘spunky’ Emma to return and leave Craig. She hates him and does everything she can to damage his reputation. It was brilliant to read her plans regarding Craig.

Prudence, the maid, was amazing to Emma. Helping her out when Craig went mental, helping her with her plan and just generally being there for her. She loves Emma telling her about her visits to James and she’s basically a best friend for Emma. She says about James: “You think this guy was something special right? If life gives you a chance at something, you just gotta take it you know.”

James. What can I say about James? Well, he’s swoon worthy, totally in love with Emma, even though they don’t know each other and it just feels natural to be together, but he has no idea why. His and Emma’s relationship pulled at my heart strings. You really saw the love he had for Emma, although they hardly knew each other and you just wanted Emma to leave her husband and be with him, where she would be loved and safe and that’s exactly what she is when she’s with him.

So much happens during this book and you really feel for Emma. She wants to leave her abusive husband to go to James, but it takes some doing and help from Olivia and Edward (the butler) who have sabotaged Craig’s life and reputation, which was so great to finally read as he had it coming all throughout the book.

I have to admit, I cried reading the part in the waiting room at the start of the book. Carol was so frantic and when told by her Grandma she had to find Ted again, it broke my heart because she just wanted to be with him now and was so afraid that he wouldn’t remember her and I also cried at the end too, especially at the kids names and the waiting room area again.

The only problem I would say is that at the end, I was confused over the time span, as it kept jumping but other than that, I freaking loved this book. Seriously, if books make me cry, they are good in my eyes and I would love for it to be made into a movie or something. I would definitely go see it numerous times!