Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Review: A Beautiful Kind of Love (Choices #1) by Ellie Wade

Every choice has a consequence.

I believe in soul mates. Why? Because I have one and his name is Jax Porter.

I have known Jax my whole life and I have loved him with every breath I’ve ever taken. The fact that we were born a mere month apart to mothers that are best friends has made us inseparable since birth.

What we have is so rare, one would think our story would be written, our fate sealed. But, unfortunately that’s not how life works. Life offers us many choices that can turn destiny into chance.

I now find myself heading toward a destination that I could have never imagined and I have to figure out where to go from here.

Will the choices that have been made change our path forever or will fate find its way?

When I got this book in the mail, I was actually in the middle of reading another book. I picked A Beautiful Kind of Love up and I just wanted to read the first few pages. Before I knew it, I was 100 pages in and the other book was long forgotten. Actually ... I still don't remember what it was about. That's a great sign for this book but not for the other. Also ... judge this book by its cover because it is as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside!

I've not read anything by Ellie Wade before now and I'm glad that I took a chance with an unknown (to me) author because I think that I've found someone that I'll be hooked on for forever. I loved the way that Wade told this story. It starts off when the characters are young children and then loosely follows them until after college. The great thing is that Wade didn't cover every single millisecond of these two lives. She jumps a bit but it was all in a sensible way, I never felt like I was missing something and I never sat brooding because some aspect of Lily and Jax's lives weren't explained. Everything moved quite smoothly through the book, even with these jumps in time. The jumps were so seamless that it never caused a single pause. 

About halfway through the book, the point of view changes from Lily to Jax very briefly and then it does it a couple more times until the end. I don't think I've read a book where the POV switched so briefly but again ... it was incredibly seamless. I think that this is a sign of a great author. If someone can make me totally immerse myself into a world and create it so that it feels like it is playing out in front of me and it leaves me with absolutely no questions ... THAT is a great author. 

The characters felt full and completely fleshed out. Again, I didn't have any questions as to who they were or what their motivations were ... they were all just perfect. The storyline was perfect as well. There were so many heart-wrenching situations that just shattered me to pieces. When (as a reader)  you become so very close to the characters as quickly as I did, their triumphs become yours and their sorrow becomes something that you start to mourn over. This book took me on quite the emotional roller-coaster but I'm telling you, I couldn't put it down. I just had to read more and more and find out how the lives of Lily and Jax were going to play out. 

The cliffhanger-esque ending aside, I absolutely adored this book. It is definitely one of the best books I've read this year. It was so good, in fact, that I immediately bought the second book in the series and started reading it immediately. Spoiler alert: it's pretty good so far also!

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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