December 23, 2013

WHAT'S LEFT OF ME by Amanda Maxlyn Blog Tour


Author: Amanda Maxlyn

Source: ebook from author for review

Life works in mysterious ways. 
Four years ago I became known as the girl with cancer. 
I refuse to cry. 
And I refuse to give in. 
A relationship with a man is the last thing I’m looking for right now, but one night with Parker changes everything. He is persistent, and he knows what he wants. Me. 
He doesn’t treat me like I’m fragile. 
But he doesn’t know, and I’m not ready to tell him. 
What if it changes everything? 
Tragedy found me when I was seventeen. 
Love found me when I was twenty-one. 
My name is Aundrea McCall, and this is my journey.

My take...
Taking on chemo once again to battle the hell out of some cancer that just won't leave her alone, Aundrea is heading off to live with her sister and brother in law. While there she meets Parker. Someone that doesn't know her secret and treats her like any normal girl. And that is exactly the way she wants it. Because Aundrea knows that once Parker finds out, he won't stick around. They never do. But it was supposed to just be fun and flirty. What Aundrea didn't bargain for was falling in love.

I seriously was not expecting the emotion this book brought forth. I glanced at a couple of reviews before starting this book and saw a couple comments about tears and what not. Well, I am reading the book and loving what I am reading. But no tears. Maybe I am not human enough? The story is great, excellent even. But I am not feeling the tugging of my heart strings that will bring me to tears. Yet. Then I get to the very end. Yes, the very end that did me end. (Ha! Nice rhyme.) But yes, this ending was enough to choke the life out of me. Holy crap, so did not see it coming.

But all in all, I absolutely loved this story. I started it only expecting to get through a couple chapters before bed. And next thing I knew I was half way in and totally succumbed to this story's amazing storyline and fabulous characters. I didn't want out...I didn't want saving. I just wanted to lay peacefully in its world and never leave. I wanted the best for Aundrea and I wanted Parker to come in a save the day. I needed this to happen or I knew I was going to be bawling my eyes out at the end if I didn't get my way.

The characters are so unbelievably real. They are easy to love and easy to fall for. It was as if I had known them forever. I wanted Aundrea to beat this...I wanted Parker to be the man I knew he was when and if Aundrea confided in him. And the hell these two went through? Oh dear goodness! This author had to have had some sort of knowledge about the feelings, the emotions, the anger, the rage that goes along with dealing with cancer. How could she not? I was believing anything and everything out of their mouths as if I understood what they were feeling right along with them. It was just that powerful.

Is WHAT'S LEFT OF ME a must read? You better believe it. I hope anyone and everyone that reads New Adult is going to pick this bad boy up. I wholeheartedly give this book 5 amazing stars. It tore me up and shredded my insides. Especially that horrible yet glorious ending. Yes, most definitely a must read!

I am the mother of two little boys, married to the love of my life, and living in one of the smallest towns in Minnesota. When I’m not chasing or cleaning up after my boys (yes, all three), I can be found writing or snuggled up with my kindle, a glass of wine, and spending time with my fictional friends and family. 

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