Thursday, May 2, 2013

Beautiful Series: A Review

From Good Reads:
Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. 

Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

I really don't think you can review one book without the other. Honestly I think this series would have been better as one book. I would have liked it a lot better that way. Don't get me wrong I read this book like it was water and I was alone in the desert but here are my reviews.

Beautiful Disaster:
Travis is a violent, man whore...who falls in love. Abby is a girl hardened by life experiences...who knows boys just like Travis...and isn't interested in being one of the many. There is so many reasons for it not to work out... but what if it could?

This was a really good book...most of the time. I think most people will love this book...and I think if this and walking disaster were one book I would have loved it as well. This is not about two hurting people that find each other in chaos. This is about an unhealthy relationship at its worst. It was beautifully written but it was not something I liked. I found it disturbing on so many levels. If only because I have been there myself and have watched so many of my friends go through relationships just like this one... but lets just talk about the book itself.

I am a glutton for punishment... because I know so many men just like Travis... yet I fell in love with this character. I wanted to hold him when he was grabbing for what sanity he had left. I was angry with Abby much of this book... but I think I just thought like most women do when they see something that is bad for them... I thought yep... I need that. Abby was clawing for a way out the whole time in this book. always mad, always hurting. Yet always going back... she made me mad...probably because I saw a little bit of myself in her.

The plot was very interesting something I read through rather quickly. This wasn't a bad book... it just had me angry by the end. I wanted the ending to be better... I wanted to see them better themselves...not jump into something that might ultimately hurt the progress they were making.

Walking Disaster:

He grew up fighting and screwing. That's what he did... he liked it... Until he met Abby... she was his pigeon...

I wish I had read this one before I read Beautiful Disaster. I think I wouldn't have been so frustrated. I think I needed to read Travis' part first because when you don't he seems like an emotionally abusive butt head... and don't get me wrong their are times he is... but you understand more. I loved this book. I think Jamie took a broken love story and made it beautiful. I liked the ending much better on this one.... I needed their to be a happy ending... or at least some closure to the couple I had come to lovingly hate. Now on to the series stuff.

Characters: My favorite Character in this book is Sheply... oh how I loved him.. He cared so much about America he was going to make darn sure... Travis handled his crap right. He was so in love with America I think he was braver had he not been. And America... ha!!! she made me laugh... I have a friend just like her.

Plot: I honestly think I understood the plot alot more with Travis as the narrator. He tended to lay it down straight and not bounce around... he knew what he wanted... he just didn't know how to go about it... so he screwed up... Alot!!!

I think if you didn't finish this book because it seemed like the same book as the first... try again... it deserves your notice... trust me...


Esty Nestea

I love books like these- it's always illuminating to hear a different character's take on something. Great review:)


I loved these books! I think it would have been really cool if both POVs were in the same book.

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