Monday, March 25, 2013

Review - I Love You to Death by Natalie Ward

Series:  I Love You #1
Publisher:  Self Published
Published:  September 29, 2012
Pages:  278, Kindle Edition
Edition Reviewed:  ebook
Source:  Borrowed
When Ash loses her boyfriend, she is consumed by grief, loneliness and an overwhelming sense of guilt for her role in not only his death, but the deaths of everyone she has ever loved. Refusing to let anyone in for fear of losing them too, she becomes withdrawn, spending her days reliving the nightmares from her past.

Until she meets Luke.

Initially scared by his intensity and interest in her, Ash tries to push him away. But as Luke slowly starts to chip away at the walls she’s built, Ash finds herself doing the one thing she swore she’d never do again — falling in love.

When the familiar feelings Ash had hoped were long buried with her past begin to resurface, she is forced to ask herself if falling in love again is really worth the risk.
Review *always spoiler free unless noted*:
Oh my geez.  I was not prepared for the intensity of this one.  Don't let the description of the book fool you.  This was one helluva heartbreaking book.  Yes, it was a romance.  Yes, it was happy.  But it was also so raw and truly depressing.  And yet I was hopeful.  Bravo, Ms. Ward, bravo.  I haven't felt this kind of emotion since Forever by Tabitha Suzuma (review here ). 
Ash has lost 12 people in 26 years.  She has lost all of her immediate family, her boyfriends, and her best friends.  And all because of her.  She is truly and utterly alone in the world.  She refuses to get close to anyone because of death.  There is a part of the book about halfway in where Ash is describing how incredibly heartbreaking it is to truly be alone.  No family, boyfriend, friends.  AT ALL.  She is all she has.  I couldn't even imagine how that feels.  Cue the tears, 'cause this is when they started rolling. 
I'm not going to say much more about this book, because I think you just have to read to really get the amount of turmoil and emotion is packed into this book.  Let's just say by the end, I was crying in the way that leaves you all snotty and blotchy.  Absolutely amazing.  Words just can't describe it.

-Victoria Victorious

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