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Sweet Oblivion (Sweet Series, Book One) Paperback – January 12, 2013
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From the Author
First, thank you for taking the time to read this. I have a lot to say about this book - about this series in general. I've spent years debating on whether to create this note, and I think it's finally time. I've noticed a lot of readers not wanting to finish Sweet Oblivion, or if they do, not continue with the series, due to the fact that they find it confusing. They don't understand it and therefore don't take the time to understand it. But I want you, as the reader, to understand that this book is meant to be confusing. You're not supposed to have all of the answers yet. Sweet Oblivion is the foundation to an epic journey for these characters. You're supposed to learn about their weaknesses first, learn about them from the beginning and invest your emotions in them, and then gradually, see how they overcome those weaknesses over time in each book.
About the Author
Bailey Ardisone was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. She married the love of her life and spends her days submerged in books, movies, music, or art, and loves traveling. Fantasy books and movies have been a huge part of her life, and one of her greatest passions is Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Her sister contributed some of the writing in Sweet Oblivion and Sweet Escape. Sweet Oblivion is the first novel in the Sweet Series. Look for Sweet Escape (#2), Sweet Requiem (#3), and Sweet Redemption (#4) to complete the series!
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Namine lives in fear for her family, for herself and for the kingdom. But there is hope and she is the only one who can bring that hope home. And Namine will do anything to make that happen, even if it means betraying her king.
Sweet Oblivion is a wonderful foundation for what promises to be a 'Sweet' series. (pun totally intended). It is so full of twists and turns that it is almost impossible to see which way Bailey Ardisone is going to take the story next. The story of both the above girls unfolds simultaneously with just enough speed to make you pull out your hair in frustration for not getting the answers you desire. I know at one point I wanted to throttle author Bailey Ardisone for keeping so many secrets from me.
And boy do secrets abound in Sweet Oblivion. Especially when it comes to the tall, dark, and overly mysterious Mycah Condie. But he isn't the only one keeping secrets. It seems that everyone in this story has something they want to keep hidden. Nariella wants to keep her heart hidden, Rydan hides anything personal, Mycah hides...well everything and Namine hides her mission--only the biggest piece of information!
But Mycah's secrets probably wreak the most havoc though. With Mycah's mysterious appearance in Nariella's life not only has she been in more danger then ever before, both physically and emotionally, but Mycah and his mysterious ways are putting a rift between her and her best friend.
Despite all the secrets Mycah is hiding, Nariella is thinking about ditching her life rule, never fall for a boy, ever! She is also thinking about opening herself up to him in a way that she has never done before, but when she goes to share her special place with him her world completely falls apart. Secrets get revealed, lives change and you go what the hell? Did that just freaking happen? And by the time you realize it actually happened it's over, but it has only just begun.
I seriously love the mystery of the entire story. Bailey Ardisone did an excellent job of keeping the truth of what was going on until the very end. As you slowly unraveled the story you couldn't help but fall in love with her characters. Nariella who's life sucks and just wants to get through her senior year, Rydan the mysterious and sexy best friend who is always there for Nariella, to the easy to like Zaylie and Desmond who give the book that needed real feel and of course the always mysterious, sexy and dangerous Mycah; that can't help but fall for the girl he swore to stay away from, a girl he can't stop saving. Each of the characters in this story has something for you to like and it is easy to fall in love with all of them. And to add a couple *cough* Mycah and Rydan *cough* to your book boyfriend list! ;)
I like to think of Sweet Oblivion as leaving a trail of breadcrumbs to awesome things to come. Each of the secrets held, lies told, and mysterious and unexplained things is just one more crumb that will lead you on a twisty, suspenseful, lovable, and sweet thrill ride with many more incredible things in the wings.
Nari thought she was a normal teenager, just trying to get thru high school, she has only one good friend, Rydan. Nari, and Rydan, have a very unique friendship. Rydan, how can you not love him? He is a terrific musician, and a total sweetheart. All of sudden Mycah comes into the picture. The mysterious Mycah, okay okay….I love Mycah too! I can’t choose between Team Mycah or Team Rydan, so how about Team HOT GUYS! *nods* Yep, sounds good to me.
It was a little hard finding things that I didn’t like, I only found two. One being Nari’s stepdad! He is rude, and deserves to be unhappy, forever! And the other thing, was the ending. The major CLIFFHANGER!!!!! Book 2 could not come soon enough!
I HIGHLY recommend that everyone reads Sweet Oblivion! You will not regret it! One more thing, I am so happy that after I read this book, because I met some awesome people! Not only am I fan of Bailey, but I also get to call her my friend! Love my sweeties!!!
and gets shipped away to music school leaving her all alone.
She meets two new students from Australia named Desmund and Zaylie and they become close.
When she meets a hunky English guy named Mycah everything starts to change and she is forbidden to tell her best friend Rydan about the paranormal things she witnesses. You will fall in love with the sexy guys in the book and really all the characters. It will leave you wanting more. I can't wait for the next book.
Sorry, no spoiler alerts, no information, just an honest review to a MUST READ series.
I can honestly say I've ever been so enraptured in a series of books that I had never heard about before!
The character development (even though it started just a bit slow) was weaved perfectly.
From the beginning you could feel there was so much more to this story. The connection between Rydan and Nari. The attraction between Mycah and Nari. A whole other world going on simultaneously alongside ours. Perfectly blended together.
The end just left you ..... questioning, wondering, craving for the next chapter of Mycah's, Nari's, Nami's,
and Rydan's lives.
I have not read a series as enthralling as this since the TMI and Infernal Devices series.