An electric debut novel about love, addiction and lost; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades. (From the synopsis on Goodreads).
Last January when The Shape of Water was released in the Movie Theater near our home I bought tickets for my husband and I, and even when he had some reservations about the movie he ended up loving it as much as I did (he was happy Guillermo del Toro won the Oscar).
When I found out they were releasing the book (written by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus) I immediately put it on my Wish List. Today we celebrated an special occasion and my husband arrived home with a surprise for me:
Earlier today my husband sent me a message saying he was going to be a little late because of work, the truth is that he went to Barnes and Noble (even when he isn’t a fan of shopping in that store and when he goes he is “in and out” really quickly), but today he spent over an hour looking around the store, reading synopsis and reviews to choose the books he was going to give me as a gift.
I loved the books he brought me, but what I love even more is:
- He knows me well and knows how much I love reading, so books is a great gift option for me.
- He spent time doing something he doesn’t particularly like (shopping in a Bookstore) just to make me happy.
- He pays attention and he remembered that I wanted The Shape of Water book.
- He brought and extra book because, in his words “I know you love YA books”, and that’s true, is actually my favorite genre.
So, besides sharing with you the newer additions to my Library I also want to share my appreciation and love for the wonderful man that is my husband.
“Connecting with those you know love, like and appreciate you restores the spirit and give you energy to keep moving forward in this life.”
― Deborah Day,
In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.
High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.
It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.
I opened this book one night around 11:00 PM just to look at it quickly and see how it began but after reading the first pages I felt instantly drawn to the story and I just knew that if I didn’t stop reading at that moment I wouldn’t be able to stop until I finished it… it was with difficulty that I put my Kindle aside and decided that it would be better if I read the book another day when I was able to do it without interruptions and well…. it prove to be the best decision because when I picked up the book again I just couldn’t put it down.
Lucas (Luke) and Lois (Laney) met when they’re eleven and there seems to be an instant connection between them, they become best friends and are inseparable.
The book shifts between Luke’s and Lois’s POV, and past and present time easily which helps to get a better context and make the reading more engaging.
This book has wonderful characters and it’s really hard for me to choose only one among them, but I can say with certainty that Luke became my favorite male character from all the books I’ve read (he’s far from perfect, he makes mistakes but I think that was the reason I liked him even more). Another character I loved was Lachlan, who is Luke’s younger brother and the cutest kid ever (he deserves his own book).
The Logan (another member of the Preston Family) references of “He’s so Logan” made me curious about this character and I was happy to find out that there is a book about him, so I’m definitely going to read it.
There are many beautiful, awkwardly cute, heartwarming, funny but also heartbreaking moments in this book; reading was an emotional roller coaster but I loved every moment of it (and yes there moments when I cried a lot).
I really recommend this book and I look forward to reading more about the Preston Family in other books from Jay McLean.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
This week I read Lucas (A Preston Brothers Novel) by Jay McLean, there were moments when I cried a lot but I really loved the book and soon I’ll be posting my full review in this Blog.
My next book to read is Enginerds by Jarrett Lerner, after the emotional roller coaster that was Lucas I really need something more “light” and Enginerds seems like a perfect choice 🙂 .
The photo is from the Book I won in a Giveaway organized by the author on Twitter and best of all is that is a signed copy and with a personalized message from the author 🙂 .
And So the Adventure Begins….