REVIEW: Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey

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“The weight of his words threatened to undo the tiny string that tied my heart together.”

Back of the book blurb:

I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.
I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved. 
To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.
I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved. 

Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Pages: 302

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A message from the cosmos:

My rating:

I fell in love with R.S. Grey’s writing when I first read The Allure of Dean Harper. Chasing Spring is a much darker novel… at least when compared to Dean Harper. It’s one of the reasons why I loved the book so much—Grey’s writing is so diverse. That’s always so interesting to experience. Like, how did this author who wrote a silly, light-hearted novel about sex and love also write this dark novel about love, of course, but also becoming adults way earlier than teenagers should have to? Props to Grey in that aspect!

I love books that are set in small towns, which surprises me because I grew up in a small town and I hated it. But, for story purposes, I love them because the drama is always so more intense. Everyone knows about everything, so if someone messes up, they mess up tenfold. And Blackwater, Texas was a great choice for this book.

I really enjoyed Lilah’s voice. She reminded me of Bianca from The DUFF, which as you all know, is a huge compliment from me. She put up an armor around herself to stop herself from getting hurt, but in the end it was only hurting herself. She was sassy and cynical and just all around an amazing character.

Chase Matthews was great, too. His character messed me up for two reasons—one: my name is Chase and it felt like I was falling in love with myself, which is true, but YOU KNOW. Two: Chase Matthews is the name of the character from Zoey 101 and it just made me crack up. But, there is complete divergence from both of these things and I did end up falling in love with Chase. For some reason, I always love the Golden Boy trope and it gets me every time!

The plot was very dramatic (in a good way) and kept me on my toes. I really enjoyed all of the POVs that were in the book and how we got little snippets of Lilah’s enigma of a mom. Those POVs just make the story that much more heartbreaking. And that ending! I don’t think I cried throughout the book until the last page and then I was just sobbing.

All in all, this was an exceptional novel filled with love, dark secrets, tears, and a romance that will leave you wanting more. It was quite different from the first R.S. Grey book I read, but I very much enjoyed this book! And it’s perfect because Spring has finally sprung. Just read it! You won’t regret it!

Happy Reading!

The Cosmic Reader

A little after note:

Okay, so I guess I haven’t been reviewing much lately mainly because I’ve been trying to review books that have come out within the past six months. There’s really no need to review books that came out over a year ago because there are so many reviews for them already. So, I apologize for not reviewing many books lately—I’ve been reading older books, so I haven’t been reviewing them. I’m trying to get back into reading recent novels so I can continue to review!

Hope you’re all not too angry.

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