One thing I absolutely adore about the bookstagram and blogging community is the support. Just a huge group of people all with a common passion, helping out and inspiring others! So when I saw the gorgeous Ruth Morse, someone who I had found through bookstagram, had published her very own book, I knew I had to read it! As some of you may know, I’m typically more into books of the Fantasy genre, so giving this book a try was like stepping outside of my comfort zone. I’m glad I did.
This book follows Lana, a girl who has gone through a lot. She’s facing family problems and depression. As the story first starts, we are given hints at her background through nightmares. Then Max is introduced. He’s a guy similar to Lana in the fact that he too, carries his own emotional baggage. The story becomes one of two people, helping themselves and each other grow and heal through their relationship.
While I know all the basic facts about Lana from reading, I don’t know that much more. I wish Morse would’ve added additional happenings that really showed more about Lana. I feel like it’s difficult to fall in love with her and Max as a couple if I know so little about her. On to Max, he’s a cool guy. I love the mystery around him and his background. The fact that I didn’t know exactly what was up with him kept me reading.
Them together was a little hard for me to grasp at first, due to the fact that they had an almost instant relationship. They didn’t go out and do much or experience much together before they were already in love. Nevertheless, the dialogue between them was sweet and they did go on a few pretty run of the mill dates. I understand someone seeing a guy and thinking, “oh, he’s cute” but falling in love in such a short amount of time, granted I don’t have diddly squat in the experience department, seems a wee bit too good to be true. My feelings toward them together changed for the better towards the end of the book though.
I felt like the ending was rushed, I would’ve really enjoyed more time to get to know Lily, a girl who supposedly means a lot to Max and grows to mean a lot to Lana so I could understand more of her relationship with the two main characters. Max knew Lily for a long time, she was like a sister to him. Lana had only just met Lily and I felt like there was too much of a focus on her emotions. On the trip, I would’ve enjoyed if Morse also focused on how Lana helped Max with his own emotions. Because of what happened, as a reader, it would’ve had more of an emotional impact if there was just more. More interactions at the hospital, more developments in Lilly’s case.
Ruth’s writing was really creative and her descriptions were unique, most of the time. While in other sentences, I felt like her statements were pretty basic and cut and dry. She’s a great emerging author and she’s teeming with potential!
This was a sweet, charming, heartfelt book, that was really fun for me to read! It was a step into a genre I haven’t read in ages, but for this gem, I’m glad I did! I may have nitpicked a little… okay maybe a bit more than that, but I truly encourage you to give this book a shot! This book is beautiful both inside and out! I give it 4.5/5 Stars.