- File Size: 3065 KB
- Print Length: 1170 pages
- Publisher: Lori L. Otto (June 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: June 3, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0088GGSR2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Emi Lost & Found Series Kindle Edition
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This series took over my life. I've now been through three sleepless nights staying up til the wee hours of the morning to read `just one more chapter'. I've cried almost harder than I've ever cried over a book before, I've laughed, I've felt love, loss, confusion, anger, betrayal, elation, relief... pretty much everything.
The author calls this an atypical romance and I totally understand why. It's an unconventional story in every way. It steps outside the box, it defies the norm, and it comes out on top. It put my heart through the ringer but having finished it now, I can tell you that this is one of the best stories I have ever read.
However.... it took me over a year to psych myself up to reading this series.
I'll be honest, it scared the crap out of me.
I love emotional stories -- they are my favorite kind -- but this one, ho boy!! I knew that one certain part of it would devastate me. So many readers told me that they ugly cried and I was sure I would too. But did I want to put myself through that??
Well, I had to work myself up to it... but I always knew that YES, I did!
I've always known the "big spoiler" from the end of the first book and I am so glad I did because honestly if I had dove in without knowing, I might have been too angry to process my emotions. But for me, knowing it in advance allowed me the time to come to terms with it, mull it over in my mind, and decide if this was a story I really wanted to read.
And again, the answer was yes.
When I was reading and I came to "that point" where the big spoiler happened (ps - it's not cheating) and I sobbed. Guys, I hadn't ugly cried this much since The Bronze Horseman. I was a wreck. I literally couldn't breathe, couldn't see the page through my tears, I was just overwhelmed with the emotions it drew out of me. My poor husband came running into the room and freaked when he saw me. I pretty much just sat there sobbing in his arms for what felt like forever.
At this point, I wasn't sure I could go on. Honestly, I strongly debated putting the series down for good. I was devastated. But this story kept drawing me in. It was painful and took the term "heart breaking" to a whole new level but it was also beautiful. Very real. Raw. Not white-picket-fence-perfect to be sure... but I was feeling this journey so strongly and I couldn't wait to see the healing process.
As the story went on, I can truly say that my heart was pieced back together. Did it still hurt? Yes. Absolutely. I don't think that part will ever stop hurting. I've been writing this review with tears pouring down my face at the memory of it. But I can honestly say that the story came full circle. The new developments and healing happened in such a believable, beautifully written way that I couldn't help but be swept away by it all.
The most accurate way I've heard this described is quite simply an atypical romance. The things we've come to expect from the romance books we read each day do not happen here. Yes, there is a romance -- and intense, soul deep connection between the two people in love, but the story and the way things play out is anything but normal. But somehow, it just works.
As a quick background, this is a completed series -- comprised of a prequel and 3 main novels -- with a fully resolved ending. This series takes place over a span of approximately 15 years. It was never rushed and took the time to fully allow you to experience each moment with the characters. It's not a quick read though and my advice is not to read them until you have the time to read all 3.5 books at once. Trust me. Even though they're broken down into 3 main books, it is one continuous story and it simply will not have the same impact on you if read them separately. So, when you're ready, just commit to them.
I have the biggest book hangover imaginable now. I feel like I know these characters -- like I've lived their lives with them -- and letting go of them isn't easy. My thoughts keep going back to them.... and I know they will for a long time to come.
I'm having a hard time finding anything to compare this series to for you guys... Regarding the first book and start of this series, I think the closest I can come to in terms of `feeling' is the Love Me With Lies trilogy and Present Perfect. It's obviously not at all the same story but it did evoke some similar emotions in me. But then in the second and third book, I just have nothing at all to compare it to -- it's just totally "different" and I can't even come up with a remotely similar comparison. There really is nothing else like these books out there and I just love that about them. They're utterly unique and incredibly powerful.
Regarding rating -- I loved this story with all my heart. I truly did. In terms of writing, originality, and the sheer epic level of emotion it evoked in me over and over again, I have to give it 5 stars. This isn't to say it's perfect though because it did have a few flaws for me but honestly, I consider them insignificant and there is just no way that I can sit here, looking back over this stunning series and give it anything less than the 5 stars it deserves.
I can't recommend this series highly enough. Go into it with an open mind and just allow it to take over your heart. It blew me away. I felt pure happiness, absolute devastation, and the ultimate healing.
This truly is a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable love story.
Series rating: 5 stars
1) These books were not gifted to me nor did I read an ARC in exchange for an honest review; but rather I felt the need to review it because of what this series has done to both my literary life and life in general
2) These books and the author I believe are unfairly and undeservingly underrated which leaves both Michelle and I (and I’m sure many other fans) bewildered and quite frankly, angry
So this review means a great deal to me and honestly very unnerving because I hope that I am able to express in my own words for you all the wonder that is Emi Lost and Found.
When Michelle and I first became acquainted at a book signing event in Los Angeles, we immediately clicked through our love for books and our quirky personalities. We quickly started exchanging authors/series/books that we both loved, and the very first one to come out of her mouth was an author by the name of Lori Otto and her series called Emi Lost and Found. I had never heard of them but immediately jotted it down on my phone to add on to my TBR list (granted I didn't even know what the hell a TBR or Goodreads was at this point— all I cared about was getting lost in my new found obsession to read). It took me quite a while to finally pick up the first of the three.
My first thoughts when I picked up Lost & Found were; “wow this author has a knack for details” and “this is going to be an interesting ride.” Little did I know that the ride she would take me on would leave me in a heaping mess of uncharted emotions and ultimately gifting me with an unworldly sense of peace.
In Lost and Found, we are introduced to Emi Hennigan and Nate Wilson. From the get go, Lori makes sure that her readers know the profound friendship that these two have with each other- the kind that puts “Facebook friends” to shame and something that one would hold on to until their very last breath. Emi and Nate have been friends since high school, both drawn to one another’s painful life experiences. As years passed, both lives; primarily Nate’s, consist of many unsuccessful romantic relationships. Through the tribulations that each encounter over the span of 13 years, Emi and Nate remain the only constant in each other’s lives.
There were many times in this book where I felt utter and sheer frustration. Pages and pages where I wanted to slap some sense into Nate- “Just tell her how you feel!!” I would find myself mentally yelling at him. Then chapter after chapter I wanted shake the hell out of Emi to make her see that Nate was worth taking a chance on. These emotions are what makes a great book so gratifying. It is when as a reader, you truly feel invested enough to believe that these characters could hear you. There is no feeling quite like it.
The turning point of this series is when Nate and Emi's love for each other is realized.... Realize a verb, defined as- become fully aware of (something) as a fact; understand clearly. I want to point this out because I feel that this truly represents their love. It's the kind of love that had always existed but was unfulfilled. It is the most comforting and gratifying of kinds- to finally be able to act on the emotion and accept entirely must have felt like heaven to both. I was all different types of giddy. To have journeyed through the entire book with these two, I celebrated their triumph. A triumph that would eventually fall in the hands of destiny.. of fate.. of the unfairness of life.
This is where Lori takes me on a taxing, emotional experience. In Time Stands Still, Emi finds herself completely shattered and unable to put her entire life back together. Every single page of this second book was heavy. I felt completely for Emi- my tear ducts suffered entirely too much. The author does a sensational job drawing out every adjective in the English dictionary- anger, despair, empathy, remorse, and happiness. It was overload central in my head. I fought with every fiber of my being as a reader for Emi Hennigan. She grows so much in this book. She does not succumb or surrender to life's indiscretions which I was in awe of. Most regular readers would probably be rolling their eyes at that comment (how could you be in awe of a fictional character?!) Well, I did and I could because of how ridiculously masterful the author wrote this book. The words on the digital pages gave me an out of body experience. I felt each and every weight of Emi's emotions and found myself choked up page after page.. They were unbelievably real, too real that it may have been a bit unhealthy. *LOL*. This is where we also meet the swoon worthy, Jack Holland. A modern day white knight, ready to slay all sorts of dragons to save his one true love. There were times where I had to put down the book over the guilt I felt about loving Jack. This is one of the best things about a book; crying your eyeballs out an hour before and then cheekly smiling another couple of hours later. Everyone who is good in this world needs and deserves a Jack Holland in their lifetime. His patience and devotion could put him in the running for Sainthood. It is this man and his love for Emi who revives her. He is the man who stops her from bleeding out life, the man who will eventually captivate her entire being.
In Never Look Back, Emi and Jack undergo a tragedy of their own. Yes, you heard right; just when you finally settle into a happy place, Lori Otto throws another one right smack in the middle of your face. Without a doubt, the word "cruel" best describes the hurdle both our characters have to endure. In this final book of the series, it will further magnify the strength of Emi's and Jack's love for each other. As I had intentionally mentioned prior, Nate's and Emi's love was realized.. Much different from Jack's and Emi's love which is finally found. A love that was already encaptulized but lost along the way. It is the kind of love that transcends and survives. This was the perfect ending to the series; vindication to life's unfairness and true acceptance of the reasons behind life's plans.
I am absolutely relieved to finally be able to share my heartfelt thoughts and have finally forgiven myself for taking so long to continue Emi's journey from Lost and Found to the final book, Never Look Back. If I could give you all some advice, it is-- buy the books which are bundled together. The first book alone is so emotionally driven that you will find yourself afraid to pick up the second.. Well, from experience, I am telling you now.. Don't be. This series is in one word- IMPECCABLE. Thank you, Lori Otto for your talent and for bringing us.. Emi Lost and Found.
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