Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Made Me Cry (or close to it)

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit. I don’t really have any of these at this point, so I’m going to change it up. I’m going to switch things up and go with an old Broke and Bookish theme: Books That Made Me Cry (or close to it).

I chose Books That Made Me Cry because I’ve seen a lot of people lately wanting to read books that are heavy on emotions. These are some of my favorites.


1. Bright Side
Series: Bright Side, #1
Author: Kim Holden

2. Full Tilt
Series: Full Tilt Duet, #1
Author: Emma Scott

3. When It Rains
Series: Rains, #1
Author: Lisa De Jong

4. Me Before You
Series: Me Before You, #1
Author: Jojo Moyes

5. Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover

6. Left Drowning
Series: Left Drowning, #1
Author: Jessica Park

7. Making Faces
Author: Amy Harmon

8. Firefly Lane
Series: Firefly Lane, #1
Author: Kristin Hannah

9. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas
Author: James Patterson

10. A Wish for Us
Author: Tillie Cole

Review: Full Tilt by Emma Scott

30372977Full Tilt
Series: Full Tilt, #1
Author: Emma Scott
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Trillian
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…”

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch…

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.

***FIRST BOOK IN A TWO PART DUET***
All In (Full Tilt #2) forthcoming…
#nocliffhanger #nocancer #tearjerker


The thing that first caught my eye with Full Tilt was its gorgeous cover. The colors and design were so beautiful that I had to check out the synopsis. Once I read the blurb, especially that last paragraph, I had to read this book. I knew Full Tilt would touch my soul, and it did. The the story was just as beautiful as the cover.

The synopsis for Full Tilt sums this story up perfectly. It’s about two people facing two very different obstacles in life that bring them together. Jonah and Kasey’s connection brings them a joy neither of them has ever known before. It also brings them expected heartbreak.

Jonah and Kasey’s story was an emotional one to read. I loved both of them so much! Even though I felt like I knew where their story was headed the entire time, I wasn’t prepared for all the emotions I felt. There were happy parts that made me smile and laugh. There were sad parts that made me bawl. I just felt so much reading this book!

I loved every minute of reading Full Tilt. It was a touching and inspiration story that was so well written. I highly recommend it to readers who love books that give them “the feels”. I can’t wait to begin the second book, All In and see what’s next in the Full Tilt world.

 

Review: Give Me Yesterday by K. Webster & Elle Christensen

Title: Give Me Yesterday

Authors: K. Webster, Elle Christensen

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

High powered divorce lawyer, Victoria Larkin, is known as the ice queen. Tough. Emotionless. What they don’t know, is that ten years ago, she lost everything. Including her hope for the future.

Chase Monroe struggles with his own demons. Devastated by guilt and on a mission to correct his past, he uses his skills as a college psychology professor to help others move beyond their grief.

When Victoria is forced to attend grief counselling, she meets Chase, and there is an instant attraction. Chase is determined to help her confront her past and find happiness. Victoria is afraid to relive her pain.

Just as they begin to step forward, tragedy strikes and throws them backwards, and they find themselves, once again, shackled to the past.

Can Chase and Victoria find the path to a happy future together? Or will they forever be wishing for yesterday?

**Recommended 18+ due to language and sexual content.


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Once a month, I’m buddy reading a book off the list from HuffPost Books Oh, You Little Heartbreaker! The Ultimate List of Ugly Cry Novels with my favorite Goodreads group. This month, we decided to read Give Me Yesterday. Give Me Yesterday was a sad, but hopeful book.

Ten years ago, Victoria’s nightmares came true. In order to cope with her devastation, she’s shut down all emotions and made herself into a machine. It’s worked well for her as a lawyer until she has one epic meltdown in front of everyone at work. Now, Victoria’s been given one chance to redeem herself and keep her job by attending group grief counseling.

Victoria isn’t thrilled to be attending counseling. She doesn’t need it like all those other losers do. She’s got everything under control. But the leader of the group, Chase, isn’t about to let Victoria off so easily. Chase has made it his mission to make Victoria let go and face her biggest fears. Their attraction to each other gives Chase the edge he needs to crack her tough demeanor.

Victoria isn’t the only one dealing with grief, though. Chase may be Victoria’s strength, but he’s got demons that own him. Guilt constantly haunts and eats away at him. His relationship with Victoria gives him a new hope for the future.

As Victoria and Chase begin to come to terms with their pasts, they find a love in each other that helps heal the pain. Unfortunately, their love for each other is put in jeopardy when the past comes back to haunt them.

Give Me Yesterday was a well written collaboration between K. Webster and Elle Christensen. Victoria and Chase’s characters were complex and well-developed. Their chemistry was super sexy and the way they supported each other was sweet.

The only thing I didn’t like about Give Me Yesterday was the predictability of the plot. I knew from around Chapter 8 what the outcome was going to be. There weren’t really any surprises and it made the story drag a bit toward the end. I also wasn’t a fan of the very last part of the epilogue of the book. It just felt like it was added on as an afterthought and didn’t feel like it was needed.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Give Me Yesterday because I loved the characters the authors created.

 

 

Review: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

23149128Title: Extraordinary Means

Author: Robyn Schneider

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

From the author of The Beginning of Everything: two teens with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of a cure.

At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.

There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down.

Told in alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.


★★★★★


I just finished Extraordinary Means and I’m feeling so much right now. (I may or may not have shed a few tears recently.) This book was simply beautiful in all ways. The writing was phenomenal and had me hooked from the first page. Robyn Schneider somehow managed to show the reader the severity of Lane and Sadie’s illness and situation, while giving it a touch of humor. She was also able to take a really crappy situation for Lane, Sadie and their friends and make it fun…until it wasn’t. But even then, it was brilliantly beautiful.

Extraordinary Means was inspirational, heartbreaking and joyous all wrapped up in one incredible package. I would recommend it to YA readers who enjoy novels such as The Fault in Our Stars by John Green or If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I loved it so much I didn’t want it to end. I think I found another new favorite author.

 

Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

7600924Title: Forbidden

Author: Tabitha Suzuma

Publication Date: May 27, 2010

Publisher: Definitions

Genre:New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.


Forbidden is probably the hardest book I have ever reviewed. I wish I could say I loved this book, but I can’t. The subject matter was just too disturbing and taboo to be enjoyable to read. What I can say is that it was beautifully written. Only an exceptionally talented writer could deliver a story so brutally wrong and still have you empathizing with its characters.

I felt sympathy for every character in this book. My heart went out to them. Despite their flaws, I loved them. There were so many wrongs committed to each of them on so many levels. I wanted happy endings for them all. Mostly, I wanted to be able to forgive Maya and Lochan their actions, but I couldn’t. It was frustrating and devastating because there could never be a happy ending for them. There could never be an ending that would be completely satisfying to me. What I was left with at the end of Forbidden was a deep sadness. It’s a book that will stick with me for a very long time to come.

You probably noticed there are no stars on this review. I honestly couldn’t come up with a rating. How do you rate a story which makes you super uncomfortable, but love the characters? I haven’t been able to figure it out. Would I suggest reading it? That depends entirely on the reader.