KU Sunday Spotlight by KUBR + OCA

We’re back! After a week off because *LIFE*, the KU Sunday Spotlight, brought to you by KU Book Reviews and the One-Click Addict Support Group, is coming to you with not one, but TWO beautiful Buy Its to add to your TBR. These covers though…


Rise Ebook Cover

One of the things I love most about blogging is discovering debut authors. When I saw the cover for Rise by Dylan Allen, I was immediately drawn in—it was absolutely stunning. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for a beautifully designed cover and am one of those people that buys/reads some books based on their cover. However, when a few KUbbies started messaging me about this book, I knew I had to read it. And so do you.

Rise is the story of Addie + Simon. Addie’s father disappeared when she was 12, after allegedly embezzling money in the Enron scandal {as the daughter of two Enron employees, it’s a story that is very personal for Dylan}, and it is, unsurprisingly, the life-defining moment in her childhood that sets her on her course to adulthood and the choices she makes. Simon’s background is equally tough, but for different reasons—with a father who ran off when he was young and a rarely sober mother, who subsequently ended up in jail, Simon took on the role of protector and parent of his two younger siblings.

The road to Addie + Simon coming together isn’t always easy, but it always feels meant to be. And even after they find their way to each other, life has a way of throwing a wrench into those plans.

Rise is beautifully plotted and written. You get to know these two characters and their friends and family around them in an intimate way. Whether you agree with the choices they make or not, you will understand them. And, without a doubt, you will continue to root for them along the way.

This is a wonderful debut and you will undoubtedly be thrilled to have found Dylan at the onset of her literary journey.

RATING: BUY IT {Beth} –  

 Damn it. It’s so easy to fall into love, but fucking impossible to fall out.

I wish I could say I don’t know why I waited to read A Broken Soul (Pembrooke Book 3), but… I do know. I knew, from the first moment we met Quinn in Coming Full Circle (Pembrooke Book 2), that his story was going to hurt. That Jessica Prince was going to shatter me. And, of course, she did.


But she also expertly put me back together.

Good grief, it was heartbreaking to read this book. Barely a chapter passed without making me cry; my heart aching for the pain that Quinn + Lilly were both in. But then again, barely a chapter passed without also making me smile. Those much needed moments of levity soothed me; they were the light at the end of the tunnel.

“You love him.”
“I do.”
“Then show him there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

God, there is SO MUCH I want to say about this book. Like how much I loved Eliza + Ethan, and the friendship they offered Lilly as she faced her fears. And how Lilly’s grief felt familiar but different, and how her open heart and kind nature just made me want to befriend her.

I want to tell you, too, how sweet and sexy it was to see Quinn interact with his little girl. How the depictions of his grief and guilt were raw and real, and how frustrated I would get with him, only to find myself wanting to cry for him again when we saw everything through his POV.

Mostly, though, I want to tell you that this book isn’t a Buy It. It’s a shouty caps, italics, bold and underlined BUY IT. It was just as emotional and heartfelt and wonderful as I expected, laced as it was with Ms. Prince’s irresistible humor and light, along with a heavy punch to the feels.

A Broken Soul is one of my absolute favorite books of 2017 so far, and although it can be read standalone, it is the third book in an outstanding series, so please, don’t wait too long to read them. They are all shouty caps, italics, bold and underlined BUY IT worthy.

“If I could carry this burden for you, I would, in a heartbeat.”

As of 03.12.2017, Rise and A Broken Soul are available on Kindle Unlimited.

About Beth Cranford | KUBR

Book Reviewer. Wife. Mother. Crazy Person. Australian.

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