Natexus Kindle Edition
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Sometimes when you read a book, the story is what grabs you and forces your hand through the pages; cliff-hangers at the end of each chapter that keep you hungry for what is yet to come.
There are twists and turns in this story of teenage love and angst and I was of course always curious to find out how Alex and Nat, Nat and Alex would leap the next hurdle, how they would withstand the forces of a greater being that seemed to want to destroy everything, always.
Sometimes when you read a book, it is the beauty of the prose and the author’s ability to choose words and language that sweep colour and depth across the pages. It is the way an author is able to look inside a person and transcribe feeling and emotion with a metaphor that seems so perfect for that moment, right there. James has this ability.
There’s story-telling and there’s story painting, and story painting is what Victoria does, throughout the book.
Natexus is beautifully written. I kind of imagine her in a dark room wearing a wizard’s cloak surrounded by mixing pots of colour, velvet bags of musical notes and jars of flavours. I imagine her whisking and rolling and moulding her ingredients until they are ready. And then, when she is absolutely sure that she has the texture and the tone just exactly right, I imagine that she dips her brush and sweeps it across the paper.
Of course the reality of it is that she sits in her sweats swigging corona and cursing like a squaddie... But the illusion is there.
She does not simply arrange words on a page. She creates sensations that are alive and flowing.
There is a wise insightfulness to James’ ability to portray human vulnerability and it is this that kept me reading. It is the delicate understanding of a single emotion that is then articulated in a way that had me stopping, and thinking and saying, ‘Well would you look at that. That’s exactly how it feels.’
If you want a love story about real life, then I would recommend that you add this to your list of books to read, but more than that, you should be adding this book to your list because of the way Victoria writes.
~ “There’s no such thing as being swept off your feet and magical happily ever afters, as beautiful as those stories are. You have to learn to find a way to carry each other when it’s time, but also let each other wander when it’s needed, too.” ~
Spot on that, Miss James. Spot on
"Truth be told, I didn’t see anyone or anything. There were only sounds of life and blurred images all around me. I was stuck in some kind of tunnel –a tunnel that was leading me on a path to an unknown destination. I couldn’t see where I was travelling, because all I could ever see, awake or asleep, was her."
Natalie Vincent...young and shut off from the world. She was experiencing one of the biggest heartaches she has ever known, when in walks Alex. Also shut off from the world and dealing with his own set of heartaches, Alex finds that he gravitates towards Natalie. But when pain, suffering and questions with no answers threaten their lives, they have to dig deep and figure out how to overcome the worst scenario.
"I couldn’t tear my eyes away from that look he was wearing, and something told me that no matter how many times I told him that it would just be for today, what I was about to enter into was going to be a much longer contract than I could ever have imagined. I just couldn’t find it in me to give a damn about the consequences of any of it. Not one single damn at all."
This book changed me. It made me look at my life and the world around it differently. The words that Victoria used to write this amazing book drew me in so deep, I'll never be able to forget them. I was moved from start to finish, and I'm still reeling over Natexus! This is a definite must read! I believe that it is a life changer!
"Growing up, I’d always heard the age-old saying: ‘If you love somebody, you set them free.’ If You Love Somebody You Set Them Free. And here I was, setting free the man I loved limitlessly."