ARC Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

27235365Title: When We Collided

Author: Emery Lord

Publication date: April 7, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Pages: 344

Source: ARC from the publisher (Thank you, Bloomsbury Children’s UK!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked /National Book Store

Synopsis: 

Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.

Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson, When We Collided is a powerful story of two teens whose love is put to the test by forces beyond their control.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

Emery Lord is indeed one of my favorite authors when it comes to YA contemporary novels. Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You both blew me away completely, so I made it a point to include her in my “auto-buy authors” list. This year, a new Emery Lord book comes out and believe me when I say that it will rock your world.

Told in alternate POVs, When We Collided is a profound and out of the ordinary kind of beautiful story. To tell you the truth, this book surprised me—but in a good way. When We Collided started effervescent and spellbinding that I actually thought it’s a feel-good, fluffy, summer read. But then I didn’t expect it would be heavy at some point along the way. This book is full of deep and indescribable emotions that puncture every bone in your body. So you better brace yourself for that! Furthermore, When We Collided is a huge eye-opener because the author takes readers inside the mind of someone with *insert name of illness* I applaud Emery Lord for a truthful execution of the story!

The characters are authentic in all facets. Vivi Alexander is a ball of sunshine. Her positive outlook is so contagious! Smart, creative, and full of surprises, she has magic in her that I can’t explain! However, beneath Vivi’s shimmering outward persona is a dark, mysterious version of herself. On the other hand, Jonah Daniels is a caring and responsible person. He takes care of his family, always putting them first. He’s also a sweet and thoughtful guy! He does swoon-worthy things for Vivi that totally melted my heart! ❤

Although the romance developed a bit fast for me, I admire the Vivi and Jonah moments that were charming and downright magical! I love how they understand each one’s flaws and supported one another as they treaded the road of love, acceptance, and healing.

Emery Lord’s writing is genuinely remarkable like an artwork oozing with zest. It’s easy to get lost in an Emery Lord book because the words will pull you in, bind your attention to the story, and never let you go. Most of all, I love how Emery writes realistic relationships and scenarios that readers could associate with at once.

A powerful story that will knock you off your feet, When We Collided is a perfect reminder that love brightens up life even when it is clothed in darkness.

Rating:

4.5/5 stars

The Lifelong Bookworm’s Best Books of 2015

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing with you the books that impressed me this year because of their awesomeness. These books are dear to me! Without further ado, I now present you The Lifelong Bookworm‘s Best Books of 2015! 🙂

 

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“Brimming with the brightest of hopes and the darkest of heartaches, All the Bright Places is a memorable tale of love, loss, and the beauty of being alive.” (Full review here.)

 

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“An effervescent and uplifting coming of age story, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a spectacular book that fills your heart with the warm glow of infinite bliss.” (Full review here.)

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

“An outstanding second novel from a talented author, The Start of Me and You is pure heart and soul and the best kind of perfect.” (Full review here.)

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The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

“Bursting with the brightest intensity of awesomeness, The Wrong Side of Right is an extraordinary debut novel that warms the heart in every beautiful way.” (Full review here.)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“Sparkling with the glamour of timeless magic, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a phenomenal first book in a new series that everyone is sure to love!” (Full review here.)

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The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

“Gleaming with heartfelt moments and the brightest of possibilities, The Night We Said Yes is a remarkable debut novel that beautifully captures the core of love, friendship, and second chances in a magical and unforgettable way.” (Full review here.)

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Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

“Instilled with surprising discoveries and hopeful beginnings, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is brilliance and heart in one exceptional novel.” (Full review here.)

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

“Brimming with optimism and profound clarity, Every Last Word is a remarkable novel that you need to add to your TBR pile!” (Full review here.)

*All book covers from Goodreads

How about you, fellow bookworms? What are your best books for this year? Share them on the comment section below! 🙂

ARC Review: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

22429350Title: The Start of Me and You

Author: Emery Lord

Publication date: March 31, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Pages: 384

Source: ARC from publisher (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked

Synopsis:

Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review: 

When news about The Start of Me and You broke out on social media, I was one of the people who longed for it right there and then. At long last, I got a chance to read an ARC. Let me tell you this: its magnificence is twice the level of author Emery Lord’s debut, Open Road Summer. Need more convincing? Read on until you crave for the book like ice cream on a hot summer day.

A heartwarming novel of friendship, family, love, and second chances, The Start of Me and You is simply unforgettable. It’s a story that takes your breath away in a matter of minutes. In my case, I knew it was going to be an instant favorite at the end of Chapter 1. It’s that amazing! I admire how The Start of Me and You is about being brave to step out of your comfort zone. Putting one’s self out there is indeed scary. But this book instills courage in readers. It conveys the message that trying new things help you see the beauty of possibilities and new beginnings. Moreover, The Start of Me and You presents inspiring points on living again and finding happiness. I had tears in my eyes when I finished reading, deeply moved by the final scene that shines with the promise of a bright tomorrow. The Start of Me and You is truly a YA contemporary I’d fall in love with over and over again! Notable details include the cool pop culture references and the authenticity of the main character’s relationship with her family and friends. For me, those two elements brought out the extraordinary spark of the story.

Main character Paige Hancock revitalizes the existence of geeky, inward-looking characters in YA. Paige’s words express the most genuine of emotions that would certainly resonate with readers. Her character started off wounded by her past but as Paige opened herself to a second chance at a normal life, she began to move forward. It wasn’t easy at first yet Paige was determined to get up after her bad fall. I saw pieces of myself in Paige, a character that echoes the voice of my soul. This is why The Start of Me and You will forever live in me.

Then there’s Max Watson. Oh. My. Goodness! In all his adorable, geeky glory, Max Watson has my heart. He is always there for Paige. He listens to everything she says like the good friend that he is. I really loved that Max helped Paige overcome her fear (you’ll find out when you read TSOMAY!) as well as motivated her to move forward. You know, every girl needs a guy like Max in her life. It’s wonderful to have someone who believes in you, sees the real you, and most especially, loves you for who you are.

As Paige and Max got to know each other, their chemistry intensified. Their connection would make you glow with bliss, like you’ve seen the sun for the first time. The relationship unraveled the way you wrap a gift—slowly, carefully, and tied securely with a ribbon. Special, don’t you think? 🙂 It’s a warm, tender type of romance that gives you lots of happy and swoony feels! ❤ There’s an undeniable sweetness about stories in which friendship is the foundation of a romantic entanglement. Because both people are comfortable in each other’s company, they are their real selves. They are not hesitant to speak their mind and share secrets. To me, that’s a great thing because the relationship seems natural.

Emery Lord’s writing is gorgeous! Moving at a graceful rhythm, her words will carry you along in the most beautiful, sweep-you-off-your-feet dance of extraordinary feels. 🙂

An outstanding second novel from a talented author, The Start of Me and You is pure heart and soul and the best kind of perfect.

 

Rating:

5/5 stars

 

 

ARC Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road SummerTitle: Open Road Summer

Author: Emery Lord

Publication date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Pages: 352

Source: e-ARC from publisher via Netgalley (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)

Purchase the book: Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble Book Depository

Synopsis:

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

 

My review:

Falling in love is one of the most amazing experiences in the world. Oftentimes it’s with a person but it’s not limited to that. Everyone can fall in love even with a thing, especially if that thing means a lot to you. To me, it’s this book called Open Road Summer.

I fell in love with Open Road Summer the way a love song moves me the first time I hear it. An indescribable moment of connection, a spark that flows through my veins as the soulful rhythm lights me up inside and out. Alive and happy, just how being in love for the first time feels like.

Resembling a camera, Open Road Summer excellently captures the beauty of friendship and love. You don’t need to adjust the camera settings to get a great shot. Photo editing is also out of the question. The picture is as good as it is—natural light and all. Raw and imperfect, it reflects the true essence of the subject.

The characters are totally incredible. The main character, Reagan, is spunky, daring, and not afraid to speak her mind. But underneath that feisty outer surface is a broken and troubled soul. Then Reagan meets Matt Finch, a former star who joins her superstar best friend Dee’s tour as the opening act. He then becomes the highlight of her summer. With his boyish charm and sweet-as-funnel cake-smile, the sensible Matt is a good match for Reagan. Matt saw her through the broken version of herself, through her imperfections. He accepts Reagan’s vulnerability because he’s broken himself. Most of all, Matt made Reagan see her worth when she was blinded by her fears. THE FEELS! Reagan and Matt’s romance is unbelievably adorable! I liked that they took their time to know each other before going to the next level. Their relationship proves that love need not be rushed.

I really adore how Open Road Summer illustrates Reagan and Dee’s friendship. Their history explains their solid and priceless bond. Having known each other as friends for a very long time, Reagan and Dee act like sisters. They know everything about each other. The love in Reagan and Dee’s friendship goes beyond infinity and is the most authentic I’ve ever seen. Their bonding moments are comforting and heartwarming. Life is indeed so much better when you have a best friend who understands you deeply.

Another interesting thing about Open Road Summer is that it gives an exclusive behind the scenes access on celebrity life and what it’s like to be on tour. It’s really cool to discover that being a star is not all glitz and glamour. Oh and the swoon-worthy song lyrics in the story are precious! They made me smile and fangirl at a maximum level. 🙂

Emery Lord is a brilliant writer. With a realistic, stellar voice in contemporary YA, she is truly an author to watch! Her writing is magnificent—the kind of magnificent that makes you believe in magic and that, it exists in everyday reality. Words are coated with warm and sincere emotions that readers will, without a doubt, appreciate and put into heart.

Open Road Summer is a debut novel filled with infinitely beautiful and promising possibilities. Absolutely the perfect summer jam! Read this book NOW! 🙂

Rating:

5/5 stars