Wednesday, April 9, 2014

REVIEW: THE DESTINY OF VIOLET + LUKE

Luke Price's life has always been about order, control, and acting tough on the outside. For Luke, meaningless relationships are a distraction-a way to tune out the twisted memories of his childhood. He desperately wishes he could forget his past, but it haunts him no matter what he does.

Violet Hayes has had a rough life. When she was young, she was left with no family and the memory of her parents' unsolved murders. She grew up in foster homes, living with irresponsible parents, drugs, and neglect, and trying to fight the painful memories of the night her parents were taken from her. But it's hard to forget when she never got closure-and she can't stop dreaming about what happened that tragic night. To make it through life, she keeps her distance from everyone and never allows herself to feel anything.

Then Violet meets Luke. The two clash instantly, yet they can't seem to stay away from each other. Although they fight it, they both start to open up and feel things they've never felt before. They discover just how similar they are. But they also discover something else: The past always catches up with you . . .

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Forever
Source: Received via Netgalley from Publisher in exchange for review
Purchase this book: Goodreads | Amazon

Our Review---
When Jessica Sorensen is on our reading calendar we know several things going in. 1) We need a lot of time set aside because there won't be much stopping and starting the particular book (until you want to strangle someone and then you have to put the Kindle down before major damage occurs). 2) It will be heavy on emotions, hands down. 3) There will be characters in the book that we will like, then hate, and maybe just like again...so don't judge anyone prematurely and 4) There will be a lot of characters to hate and rage about and that opinion won't change. 

So...I knew that going in! So why was I still surprised when The Destiny of Violet + Luke did that to me? WHY! *sobs* I'll just get it out of the way. Holy cliffhanger batman. Yeah. There is one. A big one. It came quicker than I thought...and just when I thought WOW...these people are owning up to their secrets and acting adult like...Nope. That lasts about two seconds. Murder. I am going to commit Kindle murder on this book. Jesus effing Christ. I..can't..the wait is going to be too damn long. 

So...I am in agony. And while I am not even sure what to say about the plot of this book other than Luke and Violet can be compared to the eye of the hurricane. They are destructive, each in different ways, but I feel like we haven't seen the path of destruction just yet that is going to be wreaking havoc on our hearts. I was quite surprised at first because of the glimpses of both that we had previously gotten...then the first 20% or so of their story was pretty slow after initial bomb dropping prologues. So...am I conflicted? Maybe. The rest of the story was much more interesting and well-paced, but I will not pretend that the next month until The Probability of Violet + Luke comes out will not be pure torture. *sigh*

Here's the thing. I have a weird relationship with this series of books. I know going in to them that the characters will have baggage (these two were no different) and I know that I'm going to want to smack them (I wanted to with these two) and yet I still read the novels. I'm a masochist, I suppose. These two drove me a little batty. I understood their reticence with opening up but...SHEESH..the wait was a long one. In the meantime they made foolish choices and were really just like the teenagers I teach all day long: maddening. The prologue was interesting and the ending was rewarding (until the last few pages, GAH) but the middle was challenging. 

This story goes along with The Coincidences series, and while I think it can be read as a stand-a-lone, I personally don't recommend it! (What I think Court means here is that reading the series would enhance your understanding of this particular novel.)

Courtney: 4 Stars
Shelley: 3 1/2 Stars

About the Author---







The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.  

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