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25897851Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
Release Date:  May 3, 2016
Publisher:  HMH Books for Young Readers
Source: ALAMW2016
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Sam Bennett falls for Hadley St. Clair before he knows her last name. When Sam finds out she is that St. Clair, daughter of the man who destroyed Sam’s family, he has a choice: follow his heart or tell the truth about the scandal that links their families. Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate. – Goodreads

Review:

From the first page of Suffer Love, my heart was sucked in and left this book a different person. This book has been on my radar since Jen told me I had to read it and I’m so glad she did. Suffer Love is Herring Blake’s debut novel, and it is a star.

Suffer Love is the story of Hadley St. Clair and Sam Bennett, who in theory don’t have much in common. But they actually do, and it’s a life changing event that they have in common. Something that rippled through them a year ago and will continue to ripple through them. It’s the story of love, friendship, family and how things are messy and rarely perfect. Throughout Suffer Love Hadley and Sam make mistakes, they’re teenagers, but most importantly, they’re real.

I wanted to hug them, I wanted to tell them that everything would be okay, but it wasn’t that clear. Herring Blake wrote a novel that kept me on my toes. Suffer Love is a quiet, contemporary novel; however, there is not a clear path to the end. In those moments up to the end, Herring Blake wrote a novel full of small sweet moments that completely captured the mood of the novel. It’s what kept me going when it was almost too much to handle.

Since the moment Hadley found out her father cheated on her mother, she’s lived and extremely lonely life. The tension in her house is almost too much to deal with and no one knows what to do besides acting like everything is okay — when nothing is remotely close to okay.

“I do care, but I don’t know what to do or say anymore. Tell me what to do.” — page 321, ARC.

Of course nothing is that simple. On the other side, we have Sam Bennett, whose mother cheated on his father. While their family was never the happy happy one that Hadley had, it was still a family. Of course, what Hadley and Sam don’t know is that, that pivotal moment in their life set them on track for loneliness, heartache, but ultimately helped them find each other.

What I didn’t expect where the tears that fell from my eyes for these two lonely souls. With a title like Suffer Love you know that it’s not going to be a clean, neat and tidy ending, but it’s real. It’s heart achingly real.


23719270Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Source:  ARC provided by publisher. (Thanks!)
Rating: starstarstarblank_starblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate. In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation. – Goodreads

Review:

It’s always interesting for me to read books that take place in Arizona, as I live here. I have this problem with the movie Bad Santa (which was to take place in Phoenix, but was clearly not filmed in Phoenix) or Take Me Home Tonight which was not to take place in Phoenix, but has multiple Phoenix landmarks. Yes. I am that person. I went into Vengeance Road hesitant, because could Bowman get the feel of Arizona right? And I’m so happy to say she did.

Throughout Vengeance Road I felt like I was up north in Prescott near Whiskey Row (which still exists) or to the west near Wickenberg, which I drive through often (usually on the way to Las Vegas.) I loved that feeling.

Vengeance Road is Erin Bowman’s debut into the western genre after her original trilogy and it did not disappoint. Bowman told the story of Kate, a gritty 18 year old who lives in the Arizona territory. Her life has been hard and because her father recently died she is out for revenge. Through use of imagery, amazing characters, and language Bowman makes the world come to life.

Vengeance Road is truly a western. Bowman packs punches with bullets flying, treasure maps, Kate acting as a man to survive. The only thing that didn’t work for me was the fact that Vengeance Road took me awhile to get into. I struggled with Kate as a character and her story, but once I got into it, I could not put it down. I was dying to know how it was going to end and that end? Bowman surprised me in the best way possible.
Although I struggled with the book at the beginning, the book as a whole was an amazing. The characters were everything I wanted, the swoons were there, the twists were there it was worth a read and I’ll be heavily recommending it.