Between The Raindrops, Sydney Logan – Book Review

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39103682Seventeen-year-old Scout Ramsey’s life is a mess. With a dead father and a junkie mom, she can’t imagine things can get worse.

Then her mother tries to sell her for a bag of meth.

After her mom’s arrest, Scout’s forced to switch schools in the middle of senior year. Scared and alone, she pours her heart into her journal and dreams of the day she turns eighteen.

For Wyatt Campbell, senior year is predictable purgatory. Then the new girl steals his seat in history class, and suddenly, school’s not so bad. They bond through their love of music, and Wyatt finds himself falling hard for the journal-loving girl with the sad blue eyes.

Wyatt’s heard the rumors. He knows Scout’s had it rough.

He’s determined to be the one thing in her life that’s easy.

In this captivating teen novel, Sydney Logan weaves a touching story that tackles the heartbreak of addiction, the power of forgiveness, and the wonders of first love.

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*ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Trigger Warning : Drug abuse, physical abuse, threatening of sexual abuse, mentions of human trafficking.

Between the Raindrops follows the story of 17 year old Scout and her struggles after her junkie mom is jailed and she starts living with her abusive uncle. Everything in her life is in the dumps – her mom, her new home, her uncle, she’s forced to go to therapy and the people at her new school are quick to spread rumours. The only respite in her otherwise bleak life is in the form Wyatt, the cute but mysterious boy she shares most of her classes with and his exuberant sister Zoie, who declares Scout her best friend after their first meeting. Things start looking up for Scout after she befriends the Campbells but everything changes when she finds out that her mother is being released from prison and wants Scout in her life again.

Scout is a good protag. She’s got so much negativity in her life but she still keeps her head up and doesn’t curse at everything and everyone for her misery. She makes do with what she’s got and doesn’t complain. At all. But, that continues to her therapy sessions and she’s very reluctant to share anything with her therapist. Because of all that’s happened to her, she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks so much so that even the touch of a man makes it difficult for her to breathe. But, somehow, Wyatt is the miraculous exception to this rule because she doesn’t react badly when he touches her. Scout is bewildered by this and when she tells her therapist about this, the woman is stumped as well. However, they decide to go into more detail about why Scout didn’t feel negative effects of Wyatt’s touch during their sessions to understand it. I was really looking forward to that, but they never do discuss why it might be that Wyatt’s touch doesn’t affect her badly. I mean, this is the classic ‘love cures mental illness’ spiel and really, I AM OVER IT. That is so not true. Someone cannot just miraculously cure it. You have to work towards getting better – every single day. It is not magic. But, that is kind of how it is portrayed in the book.

I do love how Scout stands up to her mother, though. She doesn’t take any flake from the lady and tells her in clear terms that they can have a relationship only if her mother is clean. She’s rightfully angry at her mom for abandoning her the way she did and she lets her mother know it too. But, as much as she wants, she can’t hate the woman because she is, after all, Scout’s mother – and before her father passed away, Scout’s mother had been an amazing mom. I still love how Scout did what she did and put herself first after putting her mother first for a long time. She did what was best for her and not her mother and that is the way it should be. So, kudos to Scout for that.

Then, there’s Wyatt. Wyatt is a sweet, caring boy who is intrigued with Scout since the first time he sees her. She’s the new girl and she’s as smart as he is, sharing all his AP classes. They spend time together when she starts working at the same diner as him and he starts liking her. Soon, the two of them are in a relationship and Wyatt does everything he can to make Scout smile, especially cause she smiles so little.

But, she soon becomes his entire world and she’s all he cares about. Granted, she’s been going through a lot, but Wyatt worries about everything when it comes to her. He panics if he doesn’t know where she is for a minute. Now, with everything going on in her life, I can kind of understand why he would be worried, but he starts smothering her. And, his parents notice. They waste no time in getting him therapy because they realize that everything that is happening with Scout is affecting him adversely too. This was one of the things I loved about the book. Normally, when a boyfriend/husband/fiance becomes overprotective or overbearing towards their better half because of something bad that’s going on in her life, it’s expected that the woman just take it because the guy is doing it out of love. But, that wasn’t the case here. Wyatt’s parents immediately recognized his problematic behaviour and they made him get help because what he was doing was not right. I LOVED THIS PART A WHOLE LOT.

Zoie is also a great character and I love how she supports Scout no matter what happens and vice versa. Zoie had a few issues during the course of the book and Scout was the first person she turned to for help. Scout was there for Zoie through the whole thing and really gave her all the moral support Zoie could ask for. It was really touching.

The Campbell parents were also welcoming and understanding and they were there for Scout whenever she needed it, especially Wyatt’s mom, Gina. She really took Scout in and loved her like her own daughter. The bond between them was so beautiful and I adored it.

As a whole, this book deals with a lot of heavy stuff, but I really wish that it was handled in a better way, especially the mental illness aspect.

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Turn The Page, Sydney Logan – Release Day Review

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35179621Sex. Drugs. Rock and roll.

Life in the fast lane is nothing new to Corbin James.

After completing his second stint in rehab, Corbin heads home to Riverview, determined to leave the music world behind and focus on his family, his songwriting, and his sobriety.

Crippled with debt but determined to make it on her own, Jolie Daniels pours her heart and soul into the town’s bookstore. When Corbin finds his debut album in Jolie’s discount bin, sparks fly between the pretty bookstore owner and the rock star musician.

Corbin knows he’s nowhere near good enough for a sweet girl like Jolie . . .

But he wants to be.

When a record label approaches Corbin with the chance to make a musical comeback, he doesn’t think twice before saying no. He’s ready to settle down, and he wants to do it with Jolie. However, when her beloved bookstore is threatened with foreclosure, Corbin finds himself signing a contract that will take him away from home and back on tour for three months.

Can Corbin resist the temptations of the tour? Or will the loneliness of the road resurrect all the demons he’s worked so hard to bury?

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Turn The Page is a heartwarming love story between Corbin & Jolie, two people who are as different as they come. But, of course, a chance meeting leads to them falling for each other, hard. Corbin is a has been rockstar who lost himself in the fame and money and women and drugs. After a second stint in rehab, he’s come home for the first time in years, to find himself. Jolie owns a small bookstore that is her pride and joy in Corbin’s hometown. Soon after getting home, Corbin runs into her at the bookstore and sparks fly. They spend time together and then start seeing each other and fall in love, but their blissful lives are thrown for a loop when Corbin is invited to go on tour again.

I really like Jolie. She’s such a fab MC. She’s fiercely independent and headstrong, sweet and loving and caring. She is so dedicated. But, she can be a little too proud and refuse help even when people offer it willingly – like her Dad or Corbin. I love how she isn’t fazed at all by the fact that Corbin is a huge celebrity, even during their first meeting and she rightfully puts him in his place – amazing meet cute if you ask me.

And then, there’s Corbin. My, my that man. He’s made some piss poor choices in the past, but he’s seeking redemption and trying to turn himself around and that’s commendable. He is so dedicated in his want to become a better man – a worthy man, it’s heartwarming to read. He wants to be worthy of his family, of Jolie and to make them proud of who he is. I think by the end of the story he had successfully accomplished that. He had a lot of trials to go through, so many temptations on the way but he never once deviated and concentrated on the prize ahead. It is a really admirable journey. But, other than that, he is such a loving and caring man and she has so much love to give – it even surprises him. But, he’s absolutely, completely amazing and he deserves it all. I’m so glad he got it in the end.

The story itself is so beautifully written and all the characters are beautifully translated on page. I love that it wasn’t dragged out unnecessarily. All the characters had their purpose and no one was out of place in the setting. And the explosion of emotions all through the book – OH MY GOD! Not just Jolie and Corbin, but their family and friends too. I mean, of course, Corbin’s actions hurt his family deeply and their relationships weren’t repaired overnight. In all their interactions it was so obvious that they loved Corbin and wanted the best for him. It was particularly amazing.

All in all, it was a beautiful read with so much love and integrity and I adore it. Sydney is a magician when it comes to love stories and this one is another beautiful feather in her cap!

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Breathe Again, Sydney Logan – Book Review

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30630473Carrie Malone has seen enough heartbreak to last a lifetime.

Her family’s demons gave Carrie the courage to move away from home and leave her past behind. Now a college senior, she stays busy with her classes and her job at the diner. It may sound boring to some, but to Carrie, the very best thing about her new life is that every day is calm and blissfully uneventful.

That all changes the night Josh Bennett walks into her diner.

With his dirty designer suit and mud-caked shoes, Carrie’s not sure what to think about the broken man sitting at her counter. She’s even more confused when he doesn’t touch his coffee . . . and leaves his Rolex watch as a tip.

Josh Bennett has nothing to live for.

Starved for affection and deep in despair, he’s looking for a tender touch. A kind word. A giving heart.

A shattered and broken Josh finds himself standing on a city bridge, looking down into the freezing river that will undoubtedly bring an end to his pain.

He’s prepared to jump.

He’s prepared to die.

He’s not prepared for the pretty waitress who finds him there by the water’s edge.

When two lost souls find each other in the dark of the night, can they give each other a reason to breathe again?

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

This story. Just this story. *sighs*

I have cried like a baby in this. God, so much sadness and heartache. Both Carrie and Josh have lost so much in their lives and they’re just trying to put it all behind in the past, but God! Their loss is terrible and I don’t even know how they got past it. I mean, how can someone get over such momentous grief? It becomes a part of them, following them everywhere. Just like it’s shown in the story.

But, I love how brave Carrie is in the face of adversity. She’s actually, genuinely, honest to God trying to move forward with her life and leave her past behind. I commend her for that. And despite everything, she is such a kind, thoughtful person. So, I like her for that even more. I mean, she has so many reasons to be bitter and cruel, but she doesn’t let those reasons win. She fights them and tries to be the best person she can be. I admire her strength and her courage. I admire how she’s so understanding and such a pillar of support to Josh, helping him get his life back after he breaks. It’s beautiful to read.

And, then, Josh. His story made me cry. So bad. What he’s lost, what he’s gone through, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. It just makes my heart ache so bad, seeing how he is now, how he’s going through motions after the one incident tore his life apart. I wanted to go inside the story and give him a huge tight hug. I wanted to hug him and never let him go. It was a treat to see how he got his life back in order after Carrie came into it and how she was there for him every step of the way. I loved seeing Josh transform from a broken man with no will to live into this amazing, caring person who was full of love and gratitude.

This book is so well written and so beautiful. I adore it. I have a lot of feels for it. It’s amazing, beautiful and just the best thing ever. I adore this book a whole lot and all fans of romance out there must go and read this pronto!

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Lessons Learned, Syndey Logan – Book Review

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32066715A young girl needs to spread her wings, but a young woman needs roots.

English teacher Sarah Bray never thought she’d return to Sycamore Falls, but a traumatic event at her inner-city school leaves her desperate for the sanctuary of home. By returning to her roots, an older and wiser Sarah hopes to deal with the demons of her present and confront the ghosts of her past.

She discovers a kindred spirit in Lucas Miller, a teacher from New York with demons of his own. As the newest faculty members at Sycamore High School, they quickly become friends – bonding through Lucas’s culture shock and their mutual desire to build new lives. When they open their wounded hearts to each other, their friendship effortlessly evolves into romance.

Their love is put to the test when Matt, the quarterback of the football team, shares his deepest secret with Sarah. When the conservative community finds out, Sarah and Lucas – along with the town of Sycamore Falls – are schooled in the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, and love.

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