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- Print Length: 339 pages
- Publication Date: January 13, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HUVRFG4
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
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I loved the characters of Ellison and Hunter, they were genuine and believable and complementary to each other. The pull between them was palpable and heartfelt. I loved the supporting characters, too, I thought they were great and really served to illuminate the blossoming connection between El and Hunter.
This story seems to be a departure from Ms. Willis' writing, but it was done so well. I do remember reading "tissues optional" in reference to this book; a word to the wise, keep them handy! I am still thinking about this story and the ending and this will go into my must read again category. The story pulls you in and keeps you there, even after it is over.
Did I say I. ABSOLUTELY. LOVED. THIS?????
The story begins fifty years into the future. Hunter is now an older man, a genius, who has discovered the cure for cancer and is about to give a speech in front of an entire medical community. He was supposed to talk about the medical accomplishments. But instead he told them the truth of where it started. About a summer when he was 19... and a girl who defied him and stole his heart. It all started because of Ellison...
And then we're taken back in time to when they first met as he tells us their story.
Hunter had always been highly intelligent and he came from a wealthy family that gave him every physical thing he could want for. But when his drinking and drug taking went too far, his parents sent him to work for his uncle in Florida for a summer -- no credit cards, no electronics, nothing -- hoping that earning his keep would help teach him a lesson.
Their run-down lifestyle he now was a part of was about as far away from what he was used to as possible, but the real game changer came when he met a girl named Ellison. She defied him at every turn, had a quick temper and wasn't afraid to use it, was snarky, sassy, and lived life to it's fullest. She pushed and challenged him to be better. He'd never met anyone like her.
"I don't want to be one of those people who, at the end of their lives, look back and realize they missed it."
They came from different worlds, were about as opposite as you could imagine, their time together was limited since he was all set to attend college in the fall in Harvard far far away, and yet despite everything, they slowly grew closer and fell in love. This summer changed the course of their lives...
Trust me when I say that this is not your typical summer romance. Also -- I'm just going to say it because I know half of you are thinking it: No, she does not get sick and die over the summer either. M'kay?
I loved seeing Hunter's transformation from this kid who was headed down a path leading nowhere, borderline addicted to drugs, partying away his lack of will to live... to this guy who fell in love with a girl who gave him a purpose in life. She showed him what there was to live for. And even though she didn't make it easy, even though she challeneged him at every turn, I think that's exactly what he needed. I'm not sure any other girl would ever have gotten through to him like that. And most of all, I loved how, when the tables were turned, he never once, not ever, not even for a moment, gave up on her.
"This might be your life, but I'm making it mine as well -- because YOU are my life. I don't give a s*** what you say or do. You can ignore me, you can hate me -- hell -- you can put my picture on a wall and throw darts at it if that's what makes you feel better, but I'm not going anywhere."
I read this book start to finish in 2 hours. It's a full length book (350 pages ish) but I literally just couldn't put it down and that's a testament to the story and the writing. This was just one of those books that flowed the whole way through. -- That being said, I did find that there were some slower parts in the middle. But that actually made sense given that much of this story took place over the course of a summer and, realistically, no one's lives are jam packed with drama every day so it felt realistic from that sense.
I absolutely LOVED the ending. L-O-V-E-D it!! The epilogue was hugely emotional!!! I cried. SOBBED!!! It wasn't tragic though -- please don't be freaked out -- and in fact, you could argue that this was indeed the truest form of a HEA. It was powerful beyond words. In some ways, even though the story was very different, it reminded me of The Notebook. I just sat there with tears literally pouring down my face. But I'd consider it non-tragic sobbing. You know what I mean? I was honestly SO happy with the way it ended.
I'm always on a search for books that not only tell a good story, but that also make me FEEL that story with all my heart. This was one of those books. I highly recommend it!
"My lips fell on hers and I kissed her with everything that I had. I told her I loved her with that kiss, I told her I would protect her, that I would care for her and that I would fight for her every day if that's what it took for me to be with her."
Rating: 4.5 stars!! Standalone romance.
I would give Because of Ellison 100 stars.
I loved it! And the HEA has got me emotional in such a good way.
Ellison is the type of person that you don't see to often. She doesn't take crap from nobody and I just loved how she did things on her own to make herself happy. Usually you see heroines in books and people in general who feel like they absolutely need someone to be content but that wasn't the case here. So when Ellison does meet Hunter, it just made it so much better to read how he did affect her.
I loved their banter and how their relationship formed. It made me laugh out loud and had me giving a cheeky grin to my kindle all throughout the book. I loved how Ellison showed Hunter her way of living and tried to get him to see that he's lucky to have the opportunity to make something of himself and put his intelligence to use. In return, I loved how Hunter manages to learn what love really means because of her and in return, teaching her that it's okay to have someone there for you. Sigh. :)
The ending had me feeling happy big time and it's one of those books that have your teary-eyed but in such a good way. I loved this book (i realized I've said *loved* so many time in this review), and I would definitely recommend!