AnguiSH by Lila Felix Review

AnguiSH by Lila FelixImage

Published June 11th 2013

EBook : 230 pages

Characters : Breaker James Collins, Ashland

Ratings : 4/5 stars

First sentence : “Oh come on Breaky.” Why in the hell I’d put up with her calling me ‘Breaky’ for so long was beyond comprehension.”

Last Sentence : “So take a step back Ash—all I see is glory.”

Summary :

Anguish was the status quo, until she walked in.
Breaker James Collins is confined in a prison of his own making. Scarred doesn’t begin to define his hell since finding out his girlfriend had cheated, stolen, and lied two years ago. It led to a single event—one that would blacken his days and his nights from then on. Since then, he hasn’t left his house, crippled by fear of people and any social interaction.
Ashland talks too much and has the voice of a meth-laden prairie dog, or so she’s always been told. She’s been called annoying and irritating all of her life and gave up on having friends for a long time. College has given her a new lease on a social life and she’s embraced who she is. But now she’s waiting for the one guy who can take her breath away and put up with her antics.
A simple note pinned to a corkboard will lead Ash right to Breaker’s solitary world and she will learn that just because a guy doesn’t fit her ideal, doesn’t mean she won’t fall head over feet in love.

Review :

What is it about a broken guy that makes our hearts melt and swoon? In the case of Breaker James Collins I think it was the fact that you witness his unraveling at the hands of someone who was supposed to love him. Anguish starts with Breaker’s past where he faces a heartbreak in the name of Holly. Knowing now that his girlfriend had betrayed him Breaker wasn’t the same. Obviously when someone breaks your heart it changes you one way or another. So Breaker has become a house potato ( I hope that phrase makes sense*grins*) He doen’t go out, refuses to hang out with anybody and in short has a zero social life except for the internet. Even thinking about going out almost gives him a panic attack. Until one day his mom decides it’s time to take some major step here and looks for someone to take care of Breaker as well as the house.

Enter Ashland.Ash was such a sweetheart. I loved her from the beginning. She came into Breaker’s life like a breeze of fresh air. I totally loved the chemistry between them.Their conversations were simply hilarious at times as were they sweet. When he realized he was becoming co-dependent on Ashland, it was hard for him to face the truth because for the first time he actually felt love. Oh lord he loved her so much, and by being co-dependent he new it would not be good for them if they were to have any type of long lasting relationship. When he had to let her go was the only part in the book that I got really sad. Ashland was so supportive throughout the entire book, and even her choice of stepping aside for him was a brave thing to do. This took courage and a whole lot of love for her to do this.

All in all I adore this book as well as its main character. You need a sweet, loving, light read, look no further than AnguiSH!

Favorite Quote :

“He held up his hands, “Shut up Ash.”
Well didn’t that just scratch my glass.
“What did you just say? Don’t you ever tell me to shut up you—you—you weird named boy.”

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The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors Review

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Summary

Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher’s daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman’s son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline. 

Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.

Review

The Sweetest Spell is a fairy tale story to its core, vacillating between the utter hopelessness of depression and the bright eyed wonder of youth and happiness. It begins with Emmeline’s recounting of how she is an unwanted. Left to die of exposure after being born with a curled foot, Emmeline survived only because she was guarded by some local cows. Thereafter, cows show affection for the girl who none of her people want around. When events turn and it is discovered that Emmeline possesses the power to make chocolate, an ability that has not existed for generations, Emmeline finds herself the most sought after woman in the country.

Emmeline is a charming and likable character with the sense of humor that develops in those who are largely scorned by society but remain good at heart. Her willingness to love and resilient hope counteract the downfall of events that becomes more and more depressing until you question whether there is any power that can lift this story out of it. Emmeline shares her story with a young man, Owen Oaks, son of a dairy farmer and champion bare fist fighter who finds himself an unlikely protector.

Both our hero and heroine were easy to like and root for, and though half the story is narrated through Owen’s perspective, this is unarguably Emmeline’s tale. Through Emmeline we see the transformation of one who is cast aside as nothing into that which is most desired. I loved that while The Sweetest Spell was a rags to riches story, Emmeline did not fall victim to the sort of character changes we often see in such tales. Emmeline retains her heart, knows when to say no, and what the best riches in life truly are.

It was a story with unexpected depths, charm, and managed to take the skeletal message and story of The Ugly Duckling and transform it into something wholly original. There was chocolate, romance, an evil queen, hot air balloons and lots of red heads. Readers will find this book very sweet indeed.