Jack Eversea

Ok, so all you readers, you lovers of the wonderful world of fiction, here is one HOT book boyfriend and a story that takes you racing through a million emotions, not to mention a punch in the gut here and there!

Just FYI, I’m not one of those book reviewers who summarises the story. No. If you want to know what happens then read it yourself! What I will tell you is how the book made me feel and what I loved about the author’s style.

Firstly, I must tell you what makes these books (that’s right, there’s more than one Jack Eversea book, LUCKY US!) so special to me. My fabulous friend and kindred spirit, Natasha, wrote them. Now, let’s just get one thing straight, if you think that I would exaggerate or be all gushy just because I love someone then you don’t know me very well. I only shout about things I really believe in.

I met Tasha at University, we were both reading Psychology; she was in her final year, I was in my first. Those were some good times. Oh the stories I could tell you…but I digress. Over the years of our friendship, we’ve shared our love of writing and our attempted, unfinished stories. Which is why I am bursting with pride that not only did Tasha follow her dreams, she has succeeded in a HUGE way 🙂

The perfect setting for reading these books is, in my humble opinion, by the pool or the beach, in the hot sun. They are the ultimate holiday read, and I was fortunate enough to be able to read Forever, Jack (aka Eversea book 2) poolside in Crete. But let’s start at the beginning. When I read Eversea, the first person I fell in love with was Keri Ann (sorry Jack). One of my major issues with lots of YA/NA fiction is the super annoying, whingy, how-can-she-be-that-stupid, heroine. Seriously. I have given up on many a series because of this. So THANK YOU, Tasha, for Keri Ann. She is strong, yet vulnerable; sassy, but not bitchy and so believable that you’re right there with her on her roller coaster emotional journey.

Eversea book cover US

Now Jack, he is just dreamy. Totally swoon-worthy material. Lusting after a fictional character is fine, right? His brooding, bad boy self makes me all weak in the knees, especially when he delivers some of his heart-stopping romantic lines to Keri Ann 😉

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*sigh*

The tension between Jack and Keri Ann is palpable, and I love the lack of sickly sweet fairytale romance. No skimming over the obvious problems facing a small town, down to earth nobody getting into a relationship with a mega Hollywood A lister. Natasha addresses these in such a real way, you just FEEL everything with them.

Forever Jack book cover US

I’m using the US covers in my post, despite being a UK based girly. That’s because I love them. They are so beautiful and really reflect the story. I wanted to share them with you,and now you know what’s going on in case you head over to Amazon UK and get confused.  Personally, I don’t feel that the UK covers show enough of the depth of these stories and characters. Jack and Keri Ann’s story is so much MORE than a kiss on the front cover. But Tasha didn’t have a whole lot of say in them, so don’t let them put you off!

I can’t recommend these books enough! GO! Go now and buy them and read them and love them 🙂

Forever Jack quote

 

Don’t talk to me! I’m reading.

To my own astonishment I have somehow managed to find time to read recently. I mean, more than usual. I’m pretty sure I sacrificed sleep on a few occasions, but hey, who needs that anyway?

I happily discovered that a free Kindle download was a fantastic read! It was Marie Hall’s The Kingdom series. The first set I downloaded included three books. I enjoyed them so much I downloaded the second set.

The Kingdom Series

 

I love, love, love a twist on an old fairytale. When it’s done well, it’s just SO GOOD. A story you’re familiar with, characters you’ve heard about since you can’t even remember, with a twist. Yes please. These were really fun, an original take on each fairytale, with an adult perspective (I do enjoy a steamy hot romance now and then). I will definitely check out more of Marie Hall’s books in the future.

Yesterday I finished The Ocean at the end of the Lane. I’ve been wanting to read this since it came out and had read many positive things about it. I LOVE Neil Gaiman, big time. Stardust is an all time favourite and I have read that a few times. I also really enjoyed The Graveyard Book and Coraline. But most of all I just think Neil is such a lovely person and does so much for the world of books, authors, readers, libraries etc that I just want to give him a big hug.

The Ocean at the end of the Lane

So, anyway, I realised that one of the downsides of reading on a Kindle is that you don’t necessarily know how long or short the book you’ve just bought is. This, coupled with the fact that I’m a fairly speedy reader, meant that the end of this book suddenly crept up on me and I was really disappointed! I wanted it to last longer! I loved it, as I thought I would. I was fascinated by the knitting together of fact and fiction at the beginning and then I just got caught up in the tale and enjoyed it. Even better, I woke up this morning and found this video on Twitter of Neil answering book group questions about the book.

Neil Gaiman: The Ocean at the end of the Lane

These books all fall into the fantasy fiction category (Neil also suggests his crosses over into science fiction in his video), which is a favourite genre of mine. I totally recommend them!

I’d love to hear recommendations from anyone – what have you enjoyed reading recently?

Books, books, and more books

I cannot get enough of reading. I don’t have loads of spare time, I have a mahoosive tbr pile and I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t buried in a book at any given opportunity. As an adult I have noticed that reading is my last resort escapism. In times of stress, I very successfully avoid things by sticking my head in a book.

I am currently reading the fourth book in a series called Seasons of the Moon, by SM Reine. It’s light reading for me, but quite enjoyable, not too predictable and very tweeny.

 

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More on books I love another time. Happy reading peeps!