14 June 2016

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt: Beautiful by Ella Bordeaux

Skylar Woods unknowingly drew Wyatt Smith toward her. He wanted... needed to learn everything about her. Though he sensed her beauty was more than just skin deep, Wyatt struggled to understand the sadness she attempted to mask with an amazing smile.

When Skylar’s eyes met Wyatt’s for the first time, her breath caught and she couldn’t look away from the new guy standing in the school office smiling at her. The connection only grew when Wyatt sat next to her in English class, allowing Skylar to dare to believe he might actually be interested in getting to know her.

For the first time in months, she felt alive.

The moment Wyatt expressed an interest, the notes started again... the ones that reminded her of a past she could never move beyond - the event that changed her life forever and robbed her of any chance of happiness.

Never believing the rumors being spread around school about Skylar, Wyatt made sure he went out of his way to prove how much he cared about her.

But when the past resurfaces, will Wyatt stand by her side? Or will he turn against her like everyone else?


Source: Blog Tour | Review Consideration

5 Words: Judgement, school, friendship, trauma, family.

Mixed feelings with this one - if I hadn't have read it so soon after books with similar themes I probably would have rated it higher.

That said, it was a good book.

I loved the portrayal of high school. I loved how these teens were teens, even if it made me angry that rape culture had become so prevalent, how victim blaming and slut shaming was OK. I also loved the strong friendship between Skylar and Michelle, how Michelle just knew.

The only bad point was the creepy vibes I got from Wyatt at the start, but this is probably because those creepy vibes echoed Edward from Twilight. Not my cup of tea.

I liked how the ending has left me wanting more! I don't know if it was done purposefully to leave the story hanging pending another installment, or it it was a very very clever way to end everything.

EXCERPT

The moment I saw him walk into my English class, I had to catch my breath. That was twice now that I’d seen him. He was breathtakingly handsome. His dark hair made his eyes pop all the way from across the room. All of the girls immediately started whispering, praying he would notice one of them.
I sat in the back right corner, as far away from everyone as I could. There was no chance of him seeing me.
Then, our eyes met. I instantly felt my cheeks blush, like earlier when he’d smiled at me in the office. I wasn’t so sure if he was looking my way or not now.
Is he smiling at Jenny or at me?
Jenny was a beautiful blonde-haired, blue-eyed cheerleader. She could pretty much just look at a guy, and he would fall for her.
Mrs. Hathaway grinned at him and then told him to pick a seat. He turned and looked directly at me again. My heart started pounding so loud that I was sure everyone in the classroom could hear it.
“I heard he moved here from New Mexico. He wanted to play football for a Texas high school, so a college would notice him,” Jenny said as she started to mess with her hair.
“What’s his name?” Beth asked.
Jenny shrugged her shoulders. “Who cares? Look at that body. My God, they make them good in New Mexico.” She jumped up and moved over a seat right before he got to her table.
For some reason, my heart was breaking. How stupid of me to think he would notice me. Even if he did, everyone would tell him to stay away from me.
He passed by Jenny’s table, walked right up to mine, and smiled.
Oh. My. God.
“Hey, I’m Wyatt. Mind if I sit here with you?” he asked.
That drop-dead gorgeous smile melted my heart.
I smiled. “No, not at all. It’s open.”
He sat down, and I glanced over toward Jenny and her posse. If looks could kill, I’d be on the floor right now.

1 comment:

  1. An ending that left you yearning for more... I need this more right nowwww! ;)
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

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