Author: Calia Read
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars
I’ve had this book just sitting on my ipad for a loooong time. I finally decided to read it, because it has always intrigued me. The blurb sounded extremely interesting and it always left me thinking of a million plots. So I finally got to read it.
I’m going to leave you guys the blurb here, just in case you want to know a little bit about this book without me spoiling anything.
Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine.
One month ago, I was admitted into a psych ward.
Yesterday, Lachlan visited me. Kissed me. And told me that I’m starting to lose my mind.
Hours later, Max haunted my thoughts, reminding me I’m not crazy and that he needs my help.
A few minutes ago, I drifted further from reality, trying to unravel the past.
And now…everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he’s real, and I know he needs me.
Do you believe me?
How could you not want to read this book after that blurb? Seriously.
It will be hard to write this review without giving you guys anything away, but I’ll try.
This is the story of Naomi Carradine. We first meet her while she’s at Fairfax, a mental institution, where she’s been staying at for a little over a month. She knows she’s not crazy, but she can’t help to think about it from time to time, because how can she be right, when everyone else believes she is crazy? Well, that’s for you to find out.
“Listen closely. Hang on to every word. But most of all, please believe me.”
I really liked the plot of the book. There are several twists that left me with my mouth hanging open, because I truly wasn’t expecting them at all. We have this girl who’s fighting this daily battle, trying her best to stay sane while she’s at Fairfax so she can go back to the life she was forced to left behind, to help Lana and Max. The book has a great pace, even though it was a bit slow at first, it kept me wanting for more, because with every turn of a page I created a whole new plot in my mind, trying to figure out what the hell was going on. The intrigue was killing me. Calia Read managed to create this world inside Naomi’s head and her memories become your memories. That was amazing.
Naomi is this carefree kind of girl, who’s back to her hometown from school for the summer. She’s had it all for her entire life. A best friend that’s always stayed by her side and a boy who’s been there when she needed him most. Lachlan. He’s her rock. Up until this summer when she meets Max, a business man who’s sexy and intriguing and consuming. While Lachlan is sweet, Max is rough. It seemed like each had what the other was missing, but they did have two things in common: they were supportive until the end, and they both loved Naomi with everything they had. So you can see why Naomi had this emotional battle and couldn’t stop loving either of these boys. You’ll find yourself wrapped in these character’s lives, and you’ll want to know everything about them, you’ll want to make sure they’re all safe.
I absolutely loved Lachlan. That boy… well, I just loved him with his fireworks and his tree house and just, him being who he was. I loved the way he fought against his feelings towards Naomi, because she wasn’t a girl who he should have feelings for, but the battle didn’t last long and I could see perfectly how much he cared. I loved his words and his presence.
“Someone can only fade away if there’s nothing left for them. But there’s me and you. We’ll always be something strong enough to keep you going.”
Then we have Max. I’ll admit I was completely intrigued by this incredibly sexy boy who could cause an earthquake with just one look. I mean, how could you not? He cared and he was there and he was intense and I just wanted to know his story. I don’t think I got much of it, though.
Even though I really, really enjoyed reading this book, there were some things I just thought were unnecessary and I felt like there were some things missing, too. The plot itself was incredibly amazing and it was so well described that I felt a constant need to get back to the book. I actually started recommending it even before I was halfway through it, because it was so promising. I still recommend it. But, I must confess I wasn’t that fond of the sex scenes. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong about sex, but sometimes it felt like it was there to fill these wholes in the story, you know? This might be me being picky or annoying, but I could’ve lived without some of these scenes. The other thing that bothered me is that I was left wondering about Max’s story, like where did he come from? I know who he is, but what’s really his story? At the end, it all ended so quickly. Yes, I felt some kind of closure, but not entirely, like I needed a little bit more explanation about some things so I could live at peace with the ending. It’s not that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I wish I’d had a bit more.
This is a great story, one that I would recommend to anyone looking for something intense and a little bit of suspense, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue the series.