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- Print Length: 305 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989192393
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- Publisher: Twisted Books LLC (February 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ID6YLI0
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Olivia (Liv) has been in hiding for 10 years, from a past so painful that she wanted to end it on multiple occasions. And, though she has been existing for those 10 years, she hasn't really been living. The evil that caused her destroyed her life comes back, looking for forgiveness (or so he says), with his new fiancee by his side. Abigail has been devastated by what he tells her about his past and refuses to marry him until she finds Olivia and helps her.
The way that this story is told is completely new and refreshing. We have 2 main characters that we see both POVs at the same time and we already know that there is a second book coming with Abby's story (Abby's Survival) and I can't wait to read that one as well, as I'm sure we will see more of Liv then. There are a lot of moments that make you want to scream, cry and throw things and many parts had me on the edge of my seat. It was a book that I could NOT put down for long (short potty breaks notwithstanding). I loved the character of Kyle as Liv's rock from the beginning of the book, but some of the things he does made me want to smack him upside his head. As much as he loved her, he caused her a good deal of pain as well. As we all know, nothing is perfect and there will be pain for all of us at some point. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, as long as they can handle some of the underbelly of life.
**Complimentary Copy provided by Author for an honest review.**
Once again, B. L. Mooney has delivered an emotional rollercoaster of a novel. Much like the first book of Ms. Mooney's I read, Striving For Normal, I had to sit and digest it for a couple of days before I felt I could comment on it. Liv's Existence was even more so, as it ended on a stunning cliffhanger, which came out of left field.
Olivia, or Liv, even Livvie, is broken. It's hard to call her a survivor, because it seems as though she's doing very little to survive, but merely managing to exist. She's considered suicide, but was stopped before she reached that point. She has developed nearly OCD-like rituals in order to get through everyday life. The washing herself, the door locking, the lack of contact with other people, all due to her past relationship and abuse from ex-boyfriend Adam.
Kyle, her boss and best friend, will do anything for Liv, absolutely anything. He loves her, much more than as a friend, but Liv is too broken to realize that and thinks that Kyle deserves better than her. Kyle is patient and kind and is helping Liv do just that...live.
Abby is the current fiancée of Adam, Liv's abusive ex-boyfriend. Adam has come clean about his past to Abby, but before they walk down the aisle, Abby wants Adam to make amends for his past treatment of Liv. When the two walk into the bridal shop where Liv works, it is readily apparent by Liv's reaction that there is far more to the story than Adam is letting on. Abby, starting to see similarities between her relationship with Adam and Liv's relationship with Adam, decides to befriend Liv in order to get to the truth, but also to help Liv. What results is a tale of friendship and love, tempered with both physical and emotional abuse. Can Liv ever get past the blame she puts on herself for what happened between her and Adam? And can she ever truly be a friend to Abby, knowing that she is in love with Adam, the one person who hurt her the most in the world?
Ms. Mooney is a master at crafting intense, deep relationships between her characters. Her characters are so broken, it's hard to imagine that they could ever be fixed, much less be able to engage in a healthy relationship with anyone else, but through lessons learned and exploring their inner selves, they evolve and gain strength to persevere. This is one of the reasons I really like Ms. Mooney's characters, they show such a range of growth that it seems to draw you further into the drama, you really begin to care about them.
I especially loved the relationship between Liv and Abby. It makes you ask the question of "what can't be forgiven?". Abby, at first glance, would be public enemy number one, being the current fiancée of Liv's ex, however the level of empathy and honesty shown towards Liv proves without a doubt that Abby has Liv's best interest at heart. There are several times where you begin to question Abby's motives, they do seem suspect, but I think it gets to the heart of the fact that Abby too is broken in some way. I'm sure we'll learn more about that in the next book.
Liv's Existence is a gut-wrenching, life-affirming, edge of seat sitting, five star read. This book is not for the faint of heart and I suffered from a couple of days of book hangover when I was done, but I would do it again in a heartbeat and am really looking forward to it when the next installment of this series, Abby's Survival, comes out this spring. Ms. Mooney has quickly made herself a spot on my auto-buy list.
These are the questions this book deals with. This is a complex story. The author has a wonderful writing style the eases you in to the plotline. Just when you think you are comfortable with where the plot is going, Mrs. Mooney throws a curve ball at you and the plot twists will have you guessing again.
I must warn you, this book ends in a cliffhanger. Book #2 is due out May 2014, This being said, I strongly recommend this book. Hang on to the edge of your seat!
This is a gripping story about Olivia's heartache. She's been so damaged in the past she's not sure how she can get through it. She has kept herself to herself until she meets Kyle.
Then we meet Abby. Abby has her own problems but tries to help Olivia.
The author keeps us in suspense with a lot if what's going on so I'm not gonna say much about the story. I want you as a reader gasping like I've just done reading this.
I really do recommend this book. I've not read anything by this author before but after reading this then that's certainly going to change.
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